This court victory is a welcome ray of light for Romanian stray dogs. Four Paws should be congratulated for their brave challenge. Their journey has been difficult and fraught with repeated harassment from the authorities. Nevertheless, justice is being served. The bigger and more important question is this - will the Romanian authorities pay heed to this ruling, or will they merely conduct executions in secret?
The following morning, the day of Catalina's funeral, it was the turn of Bruce Lee - the self-styled "King of the Sewers". Never shy of a spectacle, he arrived barefoot with his head painted in Aurolac, a luminous helmet of bright silver paint that the addicts sniff. A stark reminder of the crazed drug-infested atmosphere where Catalina had died.
Romania hit the international headlines in early September 2013, after a four-year-old boy was left unsupervised in a Bucharest park and mauled to death by stray dogs. A public backlash led to vigilante killings, and protests calling for government action. Images of dogs being beaten to death, and bloodied corpses lining pavements were shared across the world through social media.
Let's face it; Romania isn't a tourist hotspot. Visitors don't flock to it like they do to Paris and it is definitely no Costa del Sol. In fact, at many of the obvious tourist points such as train stations and guide book attractions, it's difficult to find anyone who speaks English. This is no bad thing at all.