BULGARIA: Today I read about a little Bulgarian stray dog named Borko. A
kindly doctor who often rescued stray dogs rescued him after a man from a lynch
mob beset on killing stray dogs took a bat and savagely beat the disabled
Borko. Someone called the police, but they didn't even bother to show up.
And now because of his concern for strays, Dr. Litov and his family were
being evicted from their home. Sadly, journalists in the area incite crimes like this
against good people like Dr. Litov in promoting a war against stray dogs. Yes, there
maybe a stray epidemic, but instead of encouraging spay and neuter programs and
care for pets, the citizens are encouraged to commit horrible acts as this one.
Bulgaria is a member of the European Union which recently adopted animal
protection laws. The 2008 Animal Welfare Law forbids inhumane treatment of animals.
In 2011 an amendment was added to the penal code which criminalized extreme cruelty
to animals. So why is this town in Bulgaria doing NOTHING to help Borko and
allowing the cruel perpetrators to go unpunished?
The writer of this article so aptly answers the question: "While the laws
may have changed, the mentality hasn't. People in many parts of the world still,
STILL, in 2013 consider animals to be disposable creatures that don't feel pain. Even
worse, some malicious people not only don't care about (this) but take pleasure in the
suffering of animals."
I'm sure most of us cannot understand this mentality. Do these people
believe in a just and loving God whose creatures they are brutalizing? Obviously
And law enforcement is culpable too, because they do not enforce the laws.
And some callous police even laugh at the brutality they see and feel no obligation
to protect innocent animals. Nothing is done to the cruel perpetrators as the ones
who left Borko with two broken back legs.
The good news re the eviction proceedings of the Litov family is that they
were dropped. Obviously, the judge had a good and sensitive heart as well as a just one
for seeking true justice for this compassionate family. I pray that others in this
charged environ will learn some kindness from him in this regard.
SERBIA. Another horror story for MILA- a Serbian dog who had all four of
her paws and part of her legs chopped off. Brutal and inexcusable. This seemed to be a
copycat incidence of what happened in Bulgaria earlier. MIMA was found there with
4 of her legs brutally chopped off.
In April 2011 in Medakovic, a suburb of Belgrade, Serbia- MILA, a stray dog
was found under a car with all her 4 paws mutilated. Although suffering and in great
pain and dehydrated, she showed no signs of aggression as her rescuers removed her
from under the car.
Of this loving, gentle dog the vet observed that the cuts were quick and
precise and probably done by more than one person. This poor hungry stray was
unfortunate to come in contact with the people who savagely maimed her. The vet said her
only chance for survival would be prostheses.
Despite her terrible suffering, Mila shows a great will to live. She will
be at the vet clinic until she finds a new home. And Mila has found a friend in Serbia's film
director and chairman of the SOS Animals Association. Goran Paskaljevi is said to be in
contact with animal protection associations in Germany and France. Hopefully, one of
these countries will manufacture the prosthetic paws for Mila. Paskaljevi in the meantime
will be trying
to raise money for this purpose.
Mayor Dragan Dilas has promised that the city will also help to provide
funds for the purchase of the prosthetic paws. Mila -- you have some wonderful friends in
Belgrade! Hope to hear one day that you have gotten those prosthetic paws and that
you will find a family worthy to care for you so that one day you will know love and
caring and even a day when you will be able to run free again on new prosthetic paws.