PRISTINA, Kosovo -- Authorities in Kosovo's capital of Pristina say 190 street dogs have been shot and killed in a culling campaign that has been harshly criticized by animal lovers.
Spokesman Muhamet Gashi said Wednesday the local council was "forced to undertake an inhumane approach" and hire a hunter's group to kill the dogs in the last three weeks after no animal groups bid for a government program to shelter the dogs.
In response, an animal rights group handed over a petition signed by 2,000 Pristina residents that urged authorities to stop the slaughter.
Urban areas in Kosovo are plagued by packs of dogs that often attack people. An infant died last year after being bitten by dogs.