A resident of the Bulgarian town of Lom on the Danube has been awarded 4000 leva (about 2000 euro) in damages after she sued the municipality over a July 2011 attack on her by a pack of stray dogs.
Awarding damages to the 54-year-old woman, the court found that the municipality had failed to exercise effective control over the street dog population.
The attack happened as the woman was on her way home on foot from the hospital. Passersby drove off the dogs and took the woman for treatment in hospital, where she remained for a month, undergoing surgery for serious injuries to one of her legs, Bulgarian media said.
According to Bulgarian news agency BTA, Lom municipality said that last year the funds set aside to capture and neuter stray dogs was very small and only 32 had been dealt with.
In its 2012 budget, Lom municipality set aside 5000 leva for a contract with a veterinarian to capture, neuter and de-worm street dogs and release only those that did not behave aggressively.