How Can Bulgaria Let This Happen?

Letters to the Editor | April 1, 2013, Monday // 18:26| Views: | Comments: 25
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Most of you know the sad story of little Borko and his family by now. For those who are not familiar with the tragic case, we would like to sum it up briefly:

Dr Litov is the local doctor of the village Selcha (Селча), municipality of Devin, district of Smolyan in southern Bulgaria.

The doctor is being vilified in his village because he helps the poor strays like little Borko that you see in the added picture. A year this May, Borko was beaten so badly that his spine was broken and he was taken in by the kind doctor.

On the 28th of March, a mob was sent to Dr Litov's home, accompanied by a film crew. Little Borko was attacked and beaten again in his own garden.

See video:

Not only is it socially acceptable in Bulgaria for this lynch mob to trespass onto Doctor Litov's property and brutally beat his disabled family dog publicly, in full view of TV cameras, the police are not even interested in prosecuting the perpetrators, refusing to attend the property when called.

This lynch mob and the media staged this shameful act in order to force Dr. Litov out of his home and work, only because he is helping the strays in the village, where there is no vet and no shelter. The news article in no way criticized the mob for their actions, they only blamed Dr Litov for helping strays.

Who are these horrible people who have terrorized the doctor and beaten little Borko?

The man seen beating Borko is said to be Borian Dafinov Kirov.

The TV-reporters who accompanied the crazy mob and filmed the ordeal without intervening belong to:

TV 7 - Bul. James Baucher 100 Sofia - Bulgaria

So tell me why would I want to come to a country that lets this happen ??? People that are sick and twisted do this kind of thing!!!

Allison Maxwell

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RHODESIAN - 6 Apr 2013 // 10:00:15

Luvitsa, I agree that there is kindness and cruelty. Both begin from babyhood, it is how parents (mostly) treat their kids and bring them up. I see kindness and cruelty in our village. Strangely it is the village drunk who treat the animals with the utmost respect.
When I lived in Africa we used to observe that dogs owned by whites hated blacks and when I used to work in the townships the black owned dogs were hostile to me. I find the same with my dog in BG, bought as a puppy from a cross between an imported English owned Black Lab and a BG street dog she is agreesive with Bulgarians and is fine with British visitors. If we have BG workmen I have to chain her up. She is very protective of my wife.
A couple of weeks ago I went to see some puppies being told the dad was a German Shepherd I wanted to see before committing to buy. I also asked to see mom to be told she had been poisoned and died a slow, lingering, agonising death. To me that is thoughtless but cruel just the same.
I have been in town and seen kids go to kick strays that were just lying in the sun whilst parents look on and say nothing whilst other kids feed the dogs from various snacks.
Incidentally after moving from Rhodesia to England my sons were bullied by a boy who thought it fun to put Hamsters and Guinea Pigs in the supermarkets freezers. He moved up to microwaving them. His ultimate was murdeing a lady jogger early one morning, she was running along the canal bank whilst he was staggering home from a party. He bludgeoned her with a rock. His excuse...her dog was aggressive with him.
Incidentally the only other thing I detest in BG is the lack of respect folk have for the countryside. For Christs sake there is rubbish collection these days so why do folk still consider it acceptable to drive out and dump their trash in beuatiful and once pristine areas. We need a campaign to KEPP BULGARIA CLEAN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS!

RHODESIAN - 6 Apr 2013 // 09:34:57

Animal cruelty is endemic worldwide and is almost impossible to eradicate. Having lived in Africa many years I have seen it up close and personal.
I am surprised that the nefarious dog snatchers have not tried to get into BG. These are the scum bags who take /steal animals for medical experiments. BG is not the worst but by population , 70 mill in UK and 7 mill in BG it is up there.

Mitko Pitko - 6 Apr 2013 // 01:19:36


And one more thing. Using a moniker like yours shows who is your role model and what your moral convictions are.
Who was Che? A communist terrorist and instigator

Mitko Pitko - 6 Apr 2013 // 01:12:43


Thanks to the right of the people to keep and bear arms we, in the US, enjoy the freedoms that we have.
The liberals are trying very hard to disarm us, just like the Bolsheviks and Nazis, however, it's not going to happen.
It's unfortunate that from time to time a crazy individual would take advantage of that freedom and commit atrocities, however, we shouldn't sacrifice our rights for safety.
And who has guns in Bulgaria? How does gun control work in Bulgaria?
I recall the mass shooting in the 60s in the "Studentsko grad4e" and at that time only the police and party apparat4iks had access to guns.
So gun control is not the solution, for the pen is mightier than the sword. We should educate our people and teach our children what is right and what is wrong. But not with violent and gory video games and movies propagating cruelty and violence

Stoy - 3 Apr 2013 // 22:59:36

The woman was from Coventry, well to do she most certainly was not - you know what happend to?

She Needed Police protection due to death threats and those were the not so unpleasent things that happened to her, lost her job in the bank ...ever remembering that she did not hurt the cat only put in a wheely bin.

You do make a valid point however, unfortunately cruelty is widespread although Civilized countries take this crime very seriously as its exponents progress onto pedophilia, rape and murder.... in Bulgaria as in much of Eastern Europe this conduct is accepted as a norm. Backwards, Iill educated and socially challenged (product of Communism) are some of the underlying causes

What you will not find however Police and Media being complicit to such heinous crime.

In Britain, Bulgarians (Romanians too) are regarded as undesirables and much worse, hence the move to limit their numbers and in no small part it is this savagery that fuels this distrust with little regards to the courageous and selfless endeavours of those that with little scant for their own safety seek to protect animals....

Mahatma Gandhi best sums this as

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.I feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.

Luvitsa - 3 Apr 2013 // 20:26:41

oh! this requirement escaped my attention! i should register them fast, thanks!

SusiQ - 3 Apr 2013 // 20:18:33

Why even bother posting're expected to repeat yourself over and over and read the same stuff over and over. Every citizen of every country has the responsibility to make positive change. Arguing doesn't help, action does.

Seedy - 3 Apr 2013 // 20:16:37

Luvitsa, it's already a requirement to register your dog - if yours aren't registered then you are breaking the law......

For example:

Seedy - 3 Apr 2013 // 20:10:50

When we have "people" like Chushki is it any surprise that the situation for dumb animals is as unpleasant as it is? ;)

tess1488 - 3 Apr 2013 // 20:09:52

>SusiQ. I do apologise, therefore try these instead. Are you active with your criticism towards Canadian/ Czech/UK/Wherever animal welfare policy, or peoples attitude towards animals in general, or are you just being fashionable.

It's been one year since Parliament amended Canada's animal cruelty laws to increase the jail time and other penalties for animal abuse. Recent headlines show that little has changed.

Offenders and their lawyers continue to exploit flaws and loopholes in the law to get off with a mere slap on the wrist or no penalty at all. The burden of proof that Crown Attorneys, police and SPCA investigators must meet in order to successfully prosecute these crimes is too high since it's virtually impossible to prove that the cruelty was 'wilful' in its intent and 'unnecessary'.

We need modern legislation now
We need the government of Canada to pass modern and enforceable legislation that protects all animals from cruelty and abuse. Animals matter to Canadians - it's time to reflect this in our laws.

Please take a moment to send a letter to the Minister of Justice, Rob Nicholson, as he has the authority to strengthen the animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code.

Many cases have resulted in little or no punishment for animal abusers
No charges were laid when an Ontario man dropped a kitten from a fifth floor balcony. The kitten survived the impact but died after the man deliberately ran her over with his car.
No charges were laid when a Northwest Territories man left his dogs outdoors to freeze and starve to death. The ones that survived were in such critical condition that they had to be euthanized.
Quebec police and inspectors found more than 100 dogs crammed in tiny, filthy cages; standing in piles of their own feces. Many of the dogs had open sores and skin lesions. The skeletal remains of dogs were found still locked in some of the cages. The owner was sentenced to 180 hours of community service and fined $3,200. He is allowed to keep a maximum of 3 dogs during his 3-year probation.

SusiQ - 3 Apr 2013 // 19:42:05

To Tess: I am not British but Canadian, living in the Czech Republic.

And yes, as I said before, people from every part of the world abuse animals but I am not one of them. My dogs are like my children and are treated extremely well. They aren't my fashion accessories by any means.

When people treat animals badly they can become aggressive and when they're starving they may react the same way. Some though, certainly not all!

And yes, I understand Seely that there are many poor people in Bulgaria who don't have enough money to feed themselves yet alone animals but does that condone abuse? If they have animals for work does that mean they can treat them badly?

There are lots of great Bulgarian people who are good to their animals, take care of them, help them but the mentality of several is primitive. Forty years of Communism is partly responsible for that I know.

Bulgaria wanted to be part of the EU and when it did so it had to change some of its laws but it still hasn't changed its outlook on animals as living beings and not things.

Chushki - 3 Apr 2013 // 19:39:18

Seedy's rakia fuelled ''final solution'' to the problem is typical - ''enact a Reichstierschutzgesetz'', ''send the owners to Auschwitz'', ''turn them into glue'' etc. ZZZZZZzzzzz

tess1488 - 3 Apr 2013 // 19:12:05

>SusiQ. A couple of cases from your own backyard to contemplate. I apologise if you find them disturbing. Perhaps you can start a campaign in the UK to educate people that animal cruelty is wrong, because it seems even with sanctions in place, the abuse continues.

In the most disturbing case a woman put her cat, Fluffy, in a washing machine on a boil wash cycle killing it within 10 minutes.

Fluffy broke all her claws as she struggled to free herself from the machine.

Holly Thacker from Norwich was jailed for six weeks and banned from keeping pets for life.

RSPCA Inspector Rob Melloy said: "In my seven years as an inspector I have never come across anything as heartless as this.

"It was a deliberate act of cruelty and she knew the cat would die in the washing machine."
2010 will go down as one of the most violent towards animals

Jackie Ballard, RSPCA director-general

Another sad example took place in Aberfan, South Wales, where an electric knife was used to saw off a dog's leg.

Griffith Prosser from the valley town was banned for keeping animals for a decade after admitting he cut off Bouncer's right foreleg.

Inspector Simon Evans said: "This case beggars belief and it's impossible to imagine suffering experienced by Bumper over a year.

Luvitsa - 3 Apr 2013 // 19:10:31

stray, dangerous dogs killed two of my dogs one night, however this fine you talk about and, chipping, registering a dog here just is not viable! People really are struggling to buy a loaf of bread! This will just cause far more hardship and perhaps more animal abuse and abandonment! Where i live people would have to travel 40km with their dog to get it chipped .. a bit of a long journey with horse and cart! A travelling vet paid for by the council to neuter, for me, is the only answer. Catch, neuter and release.

Seedy - 3 Apr 2013 // 19:03:36

Indeed - there are cruel and malicious people everywhere. Life for some animals can be tough here but "Westerners" need to remember that it's tough for many people also, especially pensioners. The main difference is that Bulgarians are used to having animals around as workers not just as fashion accessories or bed-fellows. Most dogs in villages sleep outside, winter and summer, but they are properly sheltered and cared-for because they do useful work.

Unfortunately, there are also many stray dogs here which are dangerous and this is the problem which has to be addressed - in my view by ensuring that anyone with an unchipped/unregistered animal is fined and those abandoning their dogs on the streets are severely punished...they are responsible for the injuries and deaths which occur only too frequently

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