Bulgarian PM Personally Tackles Stray Dogs Problem

Society | April 6, 2012, Friday // 10:48| Views: | Comments: 9
Bulgarian PM Personally Tackles Stray Dogs Problem: Bulgarian PM Personally Tackles Stray Dogs Problem Bulgarian Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, says that the plan to catch and euthanize stray dogs has failed. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, is dealing in person with the stray dog issue in Bulgaria and new measures will be implemented as early as Monday.

The information was reported Friday by Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov. Speaking in an interview for the largest private TV channel bTV, Naydenov informed that a meeting had been held Thursday with Borisov, the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, and the Chair of the Parliamentary Group of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, Krasimir Velchev, which had concluded with the agreement to allow all municipalities in Bulgaria to build the so-called depots as temporary shelters for stray dogs.

According to the Minister, the decision to change the normative acts and ordinances had already been made and the construction of the depots can start next week.

Naydenov stated that plans from several years back to catch and euthanize stray dogs have failed. He pointed out that about 5 000 such dogs are neutered each year, but the number of homeless animals is still going up.

Animal rights NGOs already voiced alarm and protested the latest measure saying the depots will become just places to inhumanly massacre dogs.

The Minister says he is certain the new measures will trigger mass protests of these NGOs, but the cabinet is ready to take the burden and the responsibility.

At the end of March, 88-year-old economy Professor Boteo Tachkov was brutally attacked and almost killed by an pack of stray dogs in Sofia's Malinova Dolina district. The accident triggered public outrage, as the city has been struggling to cope with its increasing stray dog population for years now.

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doggies - 8 Apr 2012 // 12:56:25

Well if the the priminister is exspecting some trouble from the NGO's he will get it thats for sure !!
But why can he not let us the humane dog lovers take over these munucipality shelters and run them !! Which by the way all Kmets were so supposed to supply a shelter in every village and region and were given vasts amounts of money to do so and this was supposed to be put into action by 2011 and it is not STILL!
I was shown by my local vet Niclolay Radev last year all the taggs and microchips and passports and the sterilization programme for Palamartsa and he said he was told not use them or do any of the operations by the Mayor and that was straight from his mouth and all over BG its the same they all took the money but no steriiization were done and in fact he relayed to me that the KMet of Palamarts told him not top help us at all as he hates dogs and us for helping them and does not care !! I have rescued and sterilized over 200 dogs from Palamartsa and Popovo and most I have had to pay for myself and others I have begged of other shelters in the area !
Now what I am getting at it is not the dogs fault !!
its the local Kmets keeping the money and not getting the shelters built as they were supposed too!
the money for this if used properly over the last 3 years would have solved alot of this horror that is unfolding !
But NO they have had the money and nothing has been spent on the dogs and now the dogs who are the results of Bg ignorance are going to be mindlessly slaughtered because of this gross indecent act of the gevernment ignoring the facts that so blantantly stand out !!
Let the kind loving NGO;s take over the sheleters and we can find them homes and loving families and give Bulgaria back some pride inherself rather tha be seen as mass slaughterer's of innoent animals !!

doggies - 8 Apr 2012 // 12:32:20

It is very sad about the the proffessor that has died after the attack by SOME of the dogs that are sadly on the streets of Sofia and I send my condolences to his family !!
BUT we all need to keep a steady head here not all the dogs were to blame and in fact none of the dogs are to blame if you can look at this logically and humanly which will not be done by most of the Bulgarians !!
It will be revenge on all the little souls out there including the puppies and I have seen what these people can do first hand to the dogs on the street!!
I implore the Eu to step in and help this situation before it becomes another blood bath and it will !!
These poor animals are starved beaten and chucked out on the streets mainly females because the people of Bulgaria do not believe in sterilization and in fact when it comes to dogs most not all dont even like feeding or watering them !!
These dogs are discarded to a terrible life on the streets all over BG and then they are poisened by the most horrific methods e.g fish hooks in bits of meat poison that takes 4 days for them to die slowly being hung sexully abused !! Yes ! Beaten endlessly and not given a thought !
I implore all the civilized Europeans living in BG and anoy of you that are thinking of coming to Bg to open your eyes and see what is happeneing all the time and will be happening on a mass scale to thes e defencless animals to rally round and help us stop this massacre that will be happening in this country really soon!
Can you honestly say you have left your civilized countries for a better life when these atrocities gon everyday all over BG and will multiply and not have a consience at all !!

bogomil - 8 Apr 2012 // 03:34:28

@ Panduti

If BB wants to football tackle 10,000 stray dogs, He might want to leave his brain in the refrigerator for after the match..

Pantudi - 8 Apr 2012 // 01:10:44

BB is a big man, his brain aint big.

bogomil - 7 Apr 2012 // 22:50:26

I was expecting a video clip of the PM football tackling the 10,000 plus Sofia strays.. He's a big man, & up to the task....

kuzmanov - 7 Apr 2012 // 20:25:04

This plan is disgraceful even insane. Proposed dog removal cannot substitute measures intended to reduce unplanned pet breeding, i.e. appointing dog warden services, humane education programmes, and providing widely accessible low-cost neutering services. This extremely simple approach does not address the core local dog population problem, namely over-reproduction of so-called "latch-key dogs". And empty areas will be constantly repopulated with new generations of unwanted dogs. So stray collection just will have no end and will serve interest of the illegal dog dealers only. Animal Programs Foundation made a proposal to PM Bojko Borisov dated August 31, 2011. It mentioned neighborhood, tame dogs to be allowed outside but their population to be put immediately under strict management (e.g. ID tags, register according to the law, and regular checking). But no reply. Shame on you, Mr. Bojko Borisov! -- Emil D. Kuzmanov

sa-sha - 6 Apr 2012 // 12:16:21

My pleasure. It's "Diogenes" (1860) by Jean-L?on G?r?me.


SuOcrack - 6 Apr 2012 // 11:18:53

Nice painting, I wasn't familiar with it. Thanks for posting it.

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