Bulgarian Professor Mauled by Stray Dogs Passes Away

Society » OBITUARIES | April 8, 2012, Sunday // 10:33| Views: | Comments: 20
Bulgarian Professor Mauled by Stray Dogs Passes Away: Bulgarian Professor Mauled by Stray Dogs Passes Away Professor, Botio Tachkov, became the latest victim of Sofia stray dogs and died in a tragic mulling incident. Photo by personal archive

Botio Tachkov, a renowned economist, who was brutally attacked by a large pack of stray dogs in the Malinova Dolina quarter in the Bulgarian capital at the end of last month, has passed away.

Tachkov died early Sunday morning at the Military Medical Hospital in Sofia, the largest private TV channel bTV informs, citing his family. The cause of death has been listed as multiple organ failure. He had serious cardiac problems during the entire hospital stay, despite the fact that his wounds had been heeling well.

Tachkov, 88, is one of the most prominent Bulgarians in the US. He was born in the western city of Pernik and was a graduate of the Sofia University with a Major in Economy. He immigrated to America in 1962.

There, he became an associate professor at the Columbia University in New York and PhD later. The year 1968 marked the start of his Wall Street career, where he rose to President of an investment bank. He had worked for the US State Department, the UN, as economic advisor for the government of Indonesia, and had lectured at many universities in the US and Germany.

The Professor, who returned to Bulgaria wishing for a quiet retirement, was fluent in six languages, and had four published books.

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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Nellieherself - 21 Apr 2012 // 05:53:00

I knew this man. R.I.P Gospodin Tachkov. He was a friend of my parents. He most likely died of old age. The man was 88. I can't imagine that dogs killed him. These poor creatures must be desperately hungry to be hunting humans for food. It is not the dog's fault, it is the fault of the people who allow them to breed and then abandon them. Don't blame the dogs, blame the humans.

Pantudi - 10 Apr 2012 // 18:25:05

Dear sa-sha:

"...I have to reply, my beautiful opponent..."

Sorry to disappoint you, I am not beautiful; however, I am almost as cute as a stray beagle puppy.

sa-sha - 10 Apr 2012 // 11:55:52

Pantudi, despite my 'govno' English You've got my idea, indeed. Plus- in the name of justice- Your text requires some corrections:
"I attribute the above comment to your poor command of the English language [bitter truth], combined with Glass of Beefeater's [I don't drink "Google Translate"] limitations, as opposed to outright stupidity of one Beautiful Person"..........Or, by oher words, I have to reply, my beautiful opponent, by the following genial idiocy ("genial" since it belongs to the Genial Person):

"The reason of your unreason with which my reason is afflicted so weakens my reason that with reason I murmur at your Beauty"...

Pantudi - 9 Apr 2012 // 17:56:36

@ sa-sha

"imho, the first t(h)ree have nothing in common with "vermin"-primary school..."

I attribute the above comment to your poor command of the English language, combined with Google Translate's limitations, as opposed to outright stupidity

Pantudi - 9 Apr 2012 // 16:47:20

@ Seedy

"My wife was mugged by a gipsy, Pantudi - do you think you should apply your "Final Solution" approach to them also?"

Excellent point, putting gypsies and stray dogs in the same category, love it, could not have said it better.

Now, to answer your question, attacking stray dogs should be exterminated, gypsies that mug women should be jailed. Idiots who are prepared to take the blame for the misdeeds of gypsies and stray dogs (and consider them gypsies and dogs to be the victims) well
deserve to be bitten, mugged, mauled and raped until the day they come to their senses

bozzy - 9 Apr 2012 // 02:55:33

I'm an animal lover but it's just rediculous to have packs of stray dogs attacking people in the capital city of a civilised EU country. What sort of impression do you think this gives to potential tourists. Would you take the risk of bringing your young children on holiday there or would you simply choose somewhere that doesn't have this problem?

All the stray dogs with no owners should be rounded up and humanely destroyed. If people want a dog then they must be prepared to look after it and keep it off the streets. They should be forced to have them registered and microchipped and if they are found on the street they should be heavily fined.

All the millions of EU funding that has mysteriously dissappeared could have paid for this and the problem could have been resolved already, which would also have created work for people plus the professor would still be alive and enjoying his well earned retirement!

Seedy - 9 Apr 2012 // 00:16:05

My wife was mugged by a gipsy, Pantudi - do you think you should apply your "Final Solution" approach to them also?

You appear to be just a blow-hard with wind where your brains should be....

Oh, and there are lots of jerks who park on our pavements and p*ss me off - maybe I should blow them away too?

sa-sha - 8 Apr 2012 // 21:27:37

"....the first THREE", sure, sorry. Last drink for tonight. Toast.

sa-sha - 8 Apr 2012 // 21:21:42

"..dogs, rats, mice & all other vermin imaginable" (imho, the first tree
have nothing in common with "vermin"-primary school, You know).....
.....Pantudi, You don't hear me, You simply don't hear. I can't help You, You can't help me. And it is life. Still dogs...I'm dog, OK? Toast.

Pantudi - 8 Apr 2012 // 20:58:04


this is not going anywhere, i wish you every success in befriending all stray dogs, rats, mice and all other vermin imaginable

sa-sha - 8 Apr 2012 // 20:34:45

:-)---Remember my question, Pan? Well, You wrote: "ended in the hospital"---just my case. But exactly there, in hospital, I got that I'd been wrong towards that dog. Again, again and again---not we, but
they depend on us, Pan. And that сука-пёс ("bad dog"), he became
my friend till his death half-year ago.......... Problem is not in them. Problem is in us.


Pantudi - 8 Apr 2012 // 20:07:03


attacted - yes, hurt - no, if a child or an elderly person were in my place, the outcome would have been different.

if, god forbid, one of your loved ones were attacked and ended up in the hospital, just like the professor, your views might change

sa-sha - 8 Apr 2012 // 19:44:27

Pan, (1) Thanks for the reply, I didn't expect, to tell the truth.
(2)"dogs that attack humans should be exterminated"----have
You ever been attacked by dogs? As to me, I was. Do You want to know how I've managed?
(3) Once again, not we depend on animals (stray dogs), but they depend on us. What to add in order my simple idea to become clear? Well, the only one: do love them---or, at least, be tolerant---
---and they will appreciate it, they will understand, I swear.I know it.
I simply know it.....

Pantudi - 8 Apr 2012 // 19:02:23

@ sa-sha

dogs that attack humans should be exterminated, no question about it. however, feel free to start a campain to protect rats, mice, cockroaches, mosquitoes, ticks and mites

sa-sha - 8 Apr 2012 // 18:38:33

You are back, Pantudi. I'm glad. Really. Though Your "appload" doesn't impress. It puzzles... Take a gun, heroe, and kill all of them, all those stray dogs, and then......... the new canvas of this world will be perfect: "Pantudi is back". Toast!!!


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