Dozens of stray dogs roaming around the new Walt Disney theme park in Hong Kong have been rounded up and put down as the company prepares to open the park in September, a newspaper said Monday.

The South China Morning Post reported that the dogs had been cared for by construction workers but were abandoned after the park was built.

A spokeswoman for Walt Disney Co. said they had asked the government to round up the strays because they were roaming around in packs and felt they posed a safety risk.

"It was felt that they posed a safety risk to our staff and construction workers," she said. "What the government is doing is in line with its policies."

Disney, which produced hit cartoons films such as "101 Dalmatians" and "Lady and the Tramp," said it did not know how many had been put down, although the Post said the figure was around 40.

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