Steven Seagal 'adopts' stray dog in Romania

American actor Steven Seagal plays in a charity concert organized by the Federation charity in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 10, 2011. Federation held a charity ball last year with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin performing on the piano. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

November 18, 2013 9:11:26 AM PST
He plays the tough guy in movies but actor Steven Seagal showed his soft side when he "adopted" one of Bucharest's street dogs.

The dogs have been in the news after a 4-year-old boy was fatally mauled by a stray in August and Parliament passed a law permitting Bucharest's 64,000 street dogs to be euthanized.

Seagal visited a dog shelter south of Bucharest Sunday and adopted a 7-month-old black and tan puppy in the long-distance adoption program, which costs 60 lei ($18) a month. The dog will remain at the shelter.

"I am doing the best I can to bring awareness... so that we can make sure these accidents and tragedies don't happen again," he said in comments broadcast Monday.

He is currently filming thriller "A Good Man" in Romania.