The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has adopted guidelines for the control of stray dog populations(2). Greece is a member of the OIE and has access to these guidelines which provides a number of technical tools to address the issue. The guidelines insist on the need to use parallel approaches for controlling stray dog population and consider that killing is not a sustainable strategy if performed alone. The guidelines also provide for the killing of dogs to be carried out in a humane way when necessary.
In the context of the preparation of the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2011-2015, the Commission will consider possible actions for the protection of dogs, such as mandating studies as suggested by the Council in its conclusions on the welfare of dogs and cats(3), with due regard to the principles of conferral and subsidiarity laid down in the EU treaties.