Bulgarian Capital Home to 11,124 Stray Dogs

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Capital Home to 11,124 Stray Dogs The streets of Bulgarian capital Sofia are home to 11,124 stray dogs, a census by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences showed on Friday. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

The streets of Bulgarian capital Sofia are home to 11,124 stray dogs, a census by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences showed on Friday.

The districts of Vitosha, Kremikovtzi, Krasno Selo and Ovcha Kupel are the ones with the highest population of homeless canines, the data shows.

Still, it is an improvement over the past few years, during which the city hall has managed to cut their number in half, Sofia mayor Boyko Borisov said.

The city hall plans to continue neutering the stray dogs and moving them to animal shelters, reducing the danger them spreading infectious diseases.
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viking - 3 Aug 2007 // 13:40:10


If you would do just a little research you would know that the over eleven thousand dogs have been "Caught, Neutered and Released" and that is the problem!
The dogs are homeless and have little to eat. But then, we sure do want to make you dog folks happy.
Why don't you round them up (they are easy to catch) and transport them to a shelter and feed them until they die of old age? I am sure you would have no problem paying for this!


barkbark - 3 Aug 2007 // 13:14:13

I was doing research for my project about stray dogs in the EU, when I found this article. I was shocked by your reactions. I travelled through Bulgaria a lot and I wonder if you all have your eyes shut. There are stray dogs everywhere!!! Dead dogs on the roads, poisioned dogs, abused dogs. Everywhere you go you see them. In some cities people, payed by the local mayor, spray the dogs with water in the middle of winter so they freeze to dead! Please wake up you there! If you want proof, I have hundreds of pictures. By the way, there are millions of stray dogs in the EU. Some governments are still convinced that killing them is the solution. It is scientifically proven decades ago that killing is not the solution. Catch, Neuter and Release is. But it appeared that you prefer to compare stray dog issues in Bulgaria with homeless children in the U.S.

BULERICAN - 16 Jul 2007 // 00:27:08


What negative experiences would those be ???

Although American, I do not live in America, I have no desire to go to L.A. nor skid row.

I deal with my own negative experiences within Europe.

All that writing you copied, still has nothing to do with your initial claim that there are millions of American homeless children working full time and overtime.

27YEARSABROAD - 15 Jul 2007 // 22:03:52

Thank you, guys, for reading this. Still, it is one thing to read the statistics and a completely different one to experience it for yourself; that's why I'm not blaming you for not understanding or being ignorant. I know that you are not a working homeless mother of two little girls, leaving them alone in the dirty motel, called home, to go to work every day. I know that you never gave birth on the second floor of a church to your American citizen baby, because your doctor dropped you off her care; she wanted her fee of $4,000 even before the birth!

Those are true stories, and of course none of this will ever happen to you, James.
I guess, being James, and not Ivan, Todor or Kaloyan has its own priveledges. It protects you from certain negative experiences. It is easy to regect or ignore other people's experiences; just close your eyes, when tou travel trough the Skid Row, downtown LA, and you'll be safe.
United States of America is a great country, and Bulgaria can learn a lot from its achievements in technology and scientific research, the same way americans can learn a lot from the Bulgarian traditions, culture and educational standards.
Yes, there is a "dark side" of the american reality, and by ignoring it we are not helping the american people, or the bulgarian people, as a matter of fact. It is easy to import the foreign garbage and trash since the boarders are open now and we are fully aware of our rights and freedom. There's so much to learn from the economically more developed countries, and while we can not give them our intellect and traditions, we can incorporate their knowledge and advanced technology, without picking up their garbage along.
In conclusion I'd like to quote the words of the great Bulgarian man Paesey Hilendarsky:
"O nerazumni, urode, poradi schto se sramish da se narechesch Bolgarin?!!!

Bill - 15 Jul 2007 // 21:23:18

27years, etc.:

Just out of curiosity:

It's customary in English writing and journalism not to use an abbreviation before somewhere in the article the full name is spelled out. What is WSWS, and why should we believe anything they put out?

27YEARSABROAD - 15 Jul 2007 // 20:41:23

Recently, the California Budget Project released the following startling statistics: for the average family of four with two working parents living in Los Angeles County it is now necessary to make at least $70,000 just to make ends meet. This is four times the poverty standard of $19,300 for a family of four established by the federal government.

What these statistics indicate is that for tens of thousands of workers and middle-class families one large unanticipated expense—an injury, an illness, a fire, or a car wreck—can send them hurtling over the edge.

This is precisely what happened to Daniel and his daughter Jennifer, both now homeless and living for a short time at the Comunidad CГ©sar ChГЎvez, an emergency shelter for the homeless in the Boyles Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, one of the poorest and oldest sections of the city. Daniel, a hefty 6 foot 4, 48 year-old man with a mane of graying red hair, explained how he became homeless.

Having worked as a manager in retail stores for nearly two decades, he suffered a herniated disk in 1998, required surgery and was out of work for four years. After returning to work he was diagnosed with a tumor in his back and told he could not continue working.

Having made $70,000 plus bonuses as a manager, he was forced to return to vocational school, but was still not hired, except for a low-wage job in Arizona for a year. His workers’ compensation money ran out after three years, and he found himself homeless, living first with a friend for a few months and then in a hotel, until finally ending up in the shelter.

“The whole reason I am here was catastrophic—a herniated disc,” he said. “My life was in retail. I can’t do the walking and the lifting anymore. I used to work 16 hours and 24 hours straight ... I just can’t do it anymore. It’s probably been worse for Jennifer than for anyone. She’s had to change schools six or seven times in the last year. But I couldn’t work anymore. And so, here I am.”

The size of the homeless population in Los Angeles County, which more than any other in the country has sold itself to the rest of the world as the Promised Land of endless opportunity, underscores the depth of the social crisis that racks the state of California and the entire country.

See Also:
Atlanta officials continue campaign against the homeless
[4 July 2005]
Nearly half of New York City’s homeless are children
[7 January 2004]
Los Angeles businesses press for expulsion of downtown homeless
[31 December 2002]

27YEARSABROAD - 15 Jul 2007 // 20:38:30

According to this recent study, the number of homeless on any given night in Los Angeles County has reached 90,000, up 8.4 percent from 83,000 in 2003. Ito noted that “the County of Los Angeles is now the homeless capital of the United States,” surpassing by far New York City’s 40,000, Chicago’s 9,600 and San Francisco’s 9,600 homeless populations. “To put it in perspective,” noted Ito, “the homeless population of Los Angeles County is larger than the entire population of the city of Santa Monica [a beach community that abuts Los Angeles]. It is truly an appalling situation.”

The bulk of the LA county homeless—82,291 out of the 90,000—are found in the City of Los Angeles—South Central (which includes Watts, Downtown, Pico Union, Boyle Heights, Hollywood—and in the City of Compton and in some of the smaller cities within the county. The industrial city of Long Beach, to the south (California’s sixth largest), Pasadena and Glendale to the north conduct their own count and provide their own services. They have 6,000, 1,200, and 400 homeless, respectively.

Out of the city’s 82,291 homeless, 34,518 (42 percent) are considered chronically homeless; that is, they have been “on the streets for more a year or more, or have had four episodes of homelessness in the last three years” and “have one or more disabilities, including mental illness, substance abuse and health conditions.” Approximately 55 percent of this population suffers from three or more disabilities.

Families headed by single mothers make up the largest percentage of the homeless, which means between 20 and 43 percent of the homeless population. In the City of Los Angeles, there are two children per average homeless family. As of February 2004, there were 34,000 homeless family members in the county—more than the entire population of Beverly Hills.

Commenting on this deep social inequality, Ito told the WSWS: “You’d think 90,000 homeless would open some eyes, especially in LA., because it has a lot of resources, a lot of opportunities. But not so for the homeless people. There’s such a wide spread between the haves and have-nots and I’ve seen it expand and expand throughout the years and that’s the frustration I feel—to see that there are vast resources and that they are not being shared with those in need.”

The poverty rate in the county now hovers at 17.9 percent—1,674,599 of its citizens live below the poverty line.

27YEARSABROAD - 15 Jul 2007 // 20:31:02

Los Angeles: city of the stars becomes US homeless capital
By RamГіn Valle
17 October 2005
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Los Angeles’s Skid Row made front-page news recently. Police officers from other jurisdictions within the county were observed “dumping” their unwanted mentally ill homeless on the area’s streets. This discovery provoked a furor in City Hall and open recriminations between the city and the county police. The new mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villarraigosa, has demanded an investigation.

But those who deal with the homeless know that this cruel and inhumane “dumping” at the doors of social service organizations already short on staff and funds has been going for years. “The truth is,” one social worker told the WSWS, “those cities don’t have the services to serve the homeless, so they travel miles outside their municipal jurisdictions and �dump’ them on us here downtown.”

As one Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) police officer assigned to the Skid Row beat told the WSWS recently, “Look, I’ve seen them myself drive here and dump people who couldn’t take care of themselves. But what really galls me is that the big wheels in the department and the press seem to have some sort of collective amnesia. They act as though this had never happened before, but they have conveniently forgotten the scandal about the �dumping’ of the homeless on Skid Row three or four years ago.”

Skid Row is a not-so-hidden 50-block area in the shadow of the LA downtown skyline. It has the largest concentration of homeless in the country: between 8,000 and 11,000 people live here under appalling conditions. Recently LAPD Chief William Bratton referred to it in the press as “Dante’s Inferno.”

On October 6, the Los Angeles Times ran an article alluding to LAPD Chief Bratton’s solutions for dealing with the homeless: arrest and jail them for any minor infraction, from littering, to public urination, to sleeping on the sidewalks. It’s a strategy that’s winning the applause of the business community and real estate developers. In the same article, Carol Schatz, president of the Central City Association, which is at the center of the downtown gentrification efforts, gushed, “Chief Bratton understands what makes cities thrive,” she said.

As a result of this strategy, city jails are bursting at the seams with the homeless and cannot take in any more. County services for this population have been scaled back, and charitable organizations are severely understaffed.

BULERICAN - 15 Jul 2007 // 00:20:18

Hey 27YEARSABROAD, I have been 54YEARSADUDE !!!

First you say American homeless children,

Then just homeless Americans,

And then most of these homeless are working full time and overtime !

Who the hell are you trying to hose ???

There are homeless in every country, some by circumstance, some by choice.

However to imply that millions in America are working stiffs and living on the street is insanity.

There may be a handful living in a car and working or some similar arrangement, some do it to save as much money as possible, however the majority of working people (a guess at 99.99%) do in fact live in a shelter (house/appartment) of some sort.

No health care in America is an unfortunate reality, perhaps President Clinton once elected will be able this time to remedy the problem.


JKS - 14 Jul 2007 // 22:29:59

Millions of Americans are sleeping on the street and working overtime? Huuu? Not the ones we used to work with.

27YEARSABROAD - 14 Jul 2007 // 21:21:18

The situation of the Bulgarian homeless dogs is still much better than the situation of the American homeless children. Their number is much bigger than the number of the homeless dogs in Bulgaria. Every night millions of homeless americans lie down on the sidewalk to sleep, because the street is their home. Bulgaria needs to go the same way for at least 20 more years before it reaches the poverty level of the millions of Americans struggling for everyday survival with no health care and no schelter. Sadly to say, most of those Americans are working full time, and even overtime.


eurotourist - 14 Jul 2007 // 11:03:04

Don't touch the stuff! Maybe it was the Mastika. That fair takes the wind out ma sails.

BULERICAN - 14 Jul 2007 // 10:57:33


That was not a dog !

It was one of the Lions on the pedestal in front of the Alma Mater !

Too much Rakia will do that to you !

Besides, we all know that Trabbis are tougher than the average Bulgarian Dog...


eurotourist - 14 Jul 2007 // 10:07:23

Absolute crap! There are only 11 123. I knocked one down this morning with my Trabant. Car's a write off!

BULERICAN - 14 Jul 2007 // 09:30:38


The story is true !
Do not question the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences !
How dare you !

They had the one eyed guy in the basement round all the dogs up and count them, 11,124 exactly.

He then set them all free again.

The "one eyed man" who lost his sight in an accident last month was heard to say, I "only saw half" as many dogs this year as last.

Now who can question the BAofS with data such as that ??



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