The mauling to death of a four-year-old boy in the Romanian capital has reignited a debate over what to do about the packs of stray dogs roaming Bucharest. Strays attacked Ionut Anghel and his six-year-old brother in a park two weeks ago. The older boy escaped with leg injuries. Ionut's body was found a short while later in an abandoned lot, covered in bite wounds. A recent census found that around 65,000 stray dogs roam the streets of Bucharest, a legacy of the Soviet-era government's decision to relocate much of the city's population to huge apartment blocks. The residents abandoned their pets as they made the move. Those dogs ran wild and multiplied. Today, some areas of the city are considered dangerous after dark because of them. Even in the touristy centre of the city, strays are a constant sight. In 2006, a Japanese tourist was killed by one. After Ionut Anghel's death, Romania's news media and politicians were quick to weigh in. The president, Traian Basescu, called for a law that would allow stray dogs to be killed, saying in a televised public address that "humans are above dogs". A local television station launched a "Stop killing the children" campaign aimed at forcing the authorities to rid the city of its strays. On Tuesday, Romanian lawmakers bowed to the pressure and voted for a new law that would allow stray dogs to be put down if they were not claimed or adopted within two weeks of capture. Hundreds of animal rights activists demonstrated outside parliament trying to persuade those arriving to vote instead for sterilising the animals. In the first four months of this year, 1,100 people in Bucharest sought treatment after being bitten by stray dogs. Some estimate the number of those attacked to be four times that. Last year there were 16,000 recorded incidents of dog bites in the Romanian capital, with many more in other towns and cities across the country. "It is a huge problem, with many deaths and disfigurements, yet nothing is being done on a local or parliamentary level," said Ciprian Ciucu, 35, one of the main voices calling for government action. "Many of these dogs are almost half-wolf," Ciucu said. But Kuki Barbuceanu, project co-ordinator for the non-governmental organisation Vierpfoten Romania, said: "It is ineffective to try to kill all of the dogs. "It is a question of food and resources available to the dogs. If we take dogs off the street, the ones that remain will just breed and in a few months, a year, there will be the same numbers. "Unfortunately, there is no miracle solution."