Bulgarian Village Ends Bizarre Practice of Dog Spinning

Besieged by animal rights activists, a rural Bulgarian village has agreed to ‘water down’ a bizarre dog spinning ritual that is said to ward off rabies. Residents of the village of Brodilovo have been under constant pressure to cease the practice of dog spinning since foreign media discovered and reported on the tradition in 2005. For a few years, no spinning rituals were reported, and it was assumed that after years of criticism, villagers had decided against engaging in dog spinning.

That assumption was incorrect. Villagers revived the practice last year, despite the fact that Prime Minister Boyko Borisov officially condemned it as barbaric. Town mayor Petko Arnaoudov said “You cannot stop a traditional custom with a simple order.

Knowing this to be true, Bulgarian animal welfare organizations visited the village recently to observe. Days before the planned ritual, Bulgarian non-profit “Animal Rescue Sofia” announced it that would organize a trip to Brodilovo. Observers say villagers did not tie or spin the dogs this year, but instead, simply threw them into the water.

“It is not ideal, but it is better than it was. Some of these traditions have taken root over hundreds of years. You don’t change them overnight,” said a spokesman.

Many of the folklore traditions observed in the area are derived from pagan traditions, and some have become world-renowned, such as fire-dancing – or nestinarstvo, which is only practiced in this region.

WARNING: graphic content.


  1. Sandra says on  02/29/2012 at 10:03 am


  2. You have to wonder about WTH people are thinking sometimes.

  3. This is sick… poor animals

  4. That’s disgusting!

  5. Davonne says on  02/29/2012 at 10:04 am

    Thank goodness, but too bad commen sense doesn’t come into their heads when they do this stuff, still throwing them in the water is not any better.

  6. Whitney says on  02/29/2012 at 10:04 am

    good! effing psychos

  7. Dotani says on  02/29/2012 at 10:05 am

    Idiots!!! who came up with that crap?!

  8. Happy dance !!!!!

  9. Ashley says on  02/29/2012 at 10:05 am

    Sometimes I don’t understand some people’s idea of … “Entertainment”

  10. how awful! Those poor babies!!!

  11. Kirsten says on  02/29/2012 at 10:06 am

    That video makes me both sad and angry.

  12. Nicole says on  02/29/2012 at 10:06 am

    ich würde diese leute am liebsten ein koppschuss verabreichen!sorry aber nee bin sprachlos.und die wo das noch fotografieren müsste man da hinhängen:-(

  13. Elise says on  02/29/2012 at 10:06 am

    who comes up with these horrific ideas?

  14. WTF is wrong with people?!

  15. Louise says on  02/29/2012 at 10:06 am

    I had to stop watching it.

  16. they still spin them first just not as high. WTF!?

  17. Laura says on  02/29/2012 at 10:07 am


  18. Kirsty says on  02/29/2012 at 10:07 am


  19. I’m really sorry I watched this. Stuff of nightmares. Terrible.

  20. Cristina says on  02/29/2012 at 10:07 am

    wtf? what is wrong with those people?!?!?!

  21. Christoph says on  02/29/2012 at 10:08 am

    Whats not okay with them?!?! I´m sorry but this is just insane and I would go to prison for what I would do with these people!

  22. Fernanda says on  02/29/2012 at 10:08 am

    There’s the village idiot – and then there’s the village of idiots.

  23. Michelle says on  02/29/2012 at 10:08 am

    Speechless. Glad they watered it down but still… that’s damn crazy.

  24. Susie says on  02/29/2012 at 10:08 am

    Well this is proof they’re idiots. Spin those people who want to do this.

  25. why dont they just come up with an idea of hanging their selves on the neck with a rope and make it spin?

  26. if sick selfish people find this so amusing, why don’t they voluntarily do it themselves instead of inflicting cruelty on innocent beings?

  27. If this is such a serious ritual to them then how come you hear so much laughing in the background?!?!
    This is bull**** and I don’t see how these people could ever do this to these poor dogs…this dog was so dizzy it could barley figure out how to swim to the edge of that water! :(

  28. I wish I did not watch that either. WOW I don’t understand how people can think this is okay. I feel bad for animals not having rights. Just disgusting.

  29. Susan says on  02/29/2012 at 10:10 am

    Totally wonder about people who actually think that this is acceptable. And I don’t care how primitive these people are it’s about time they dragged their sorry backsides into the 21st century and grew up. If anybody spun my dog i’d rip their heads off – and ‘m not joking.

  30. Colleen says on  02/29/2012 at 10:11 am


  31. Rick says on  02/29/2012 at 10:11 am

    it never ceases to amaze me just how awful human beings can be… I’d love to see some of those villager get “spinned”. scumbags…

  32. Robin says on  02/29/2012 at 10:12 am

    I cried…and the poor dogs just wagged their tails, shook off the water and forgave.

  33. Stephanie says on  02/29/2012 at 10:12 am

    people “spin” dogs? OMG! There isnt anything a disgusting human will not do is there?!

  34. Jennifer says on  02/29/2012 at 10:12 am

    I agree Stephanie- This looks like a REALLY twisted game to the onlookers.

  35. Lisa says on  02/29/2012 at 10:12 am

    Could not watch it all . Sick sick people

  36. Yay, yay, yay…and they say that FB is purely for pleasure! Good on the people that got those petitions going and all the people who signed.

  37. Maria Jose says on  02/29/2012 at 10:13 am

    Bulgarian Horror Story.

  38. Nelson says on  02/29/2012 at 10:13 am

    Should be done too them see how they like it

  39. Doug says on  02/29/2012 at 10:13 am

    Backwards-ass morons. Tradition, schmadition. Any senscient being should know better than to do that to another senscient being, period. Let me walk up on a buncha Bulgarian cretins spinning Poor Fido, and There Will Be Blood. Might be mine, but there’ll be some, for sure.

  40. Lauren says on  02/29/2012 at 10:14 am

    who in their right mind would even think to spin a dog?

  41. Walgelijk!!!!! Arme, arme beestjes !!!

  42. this is awful! I’m so glad they don’t do this anylonger.. that is so cruel!

  43. Penny says on  02/29/2012 at 10:15 am


  44. That is just cruel, to the edogs. They should spin those idiot humans that are doing it to the dogs and see how they like it.

  45. Let’s see how long this reprieve lasts…they are probably just laying low so the media and animal rights groups lose interest….then they’ll start it up again. If they aren’t even listing to their own Prime Minister, why would they listen to foreigners?

  46. Amanda says on  02/29/2012 at 10:16 am

    No, No, No..I just watched this sick video and this needs to be stopped permant

  47. Sick, sick, sick in the head, what is wrong with people!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those poor defenseless dogs. I couldn’t watch the video, it will make me sick to my stomache and I won’t be able to get it out of my mind, after reading all the comments, I knew it must be tragic what is being done to these dogs. How can so many people be involved with this animal abuse?????

  48. I am so pissed off from watching that. Some people are just evil.

  49. riduculous! I think the people should be strung up, spun around and dropped completely dizzy into the ice cold water to ward off STUPIDITY!

  50. Jack says on  02/29/2012 at 10:17 am

    @ Lauren, I was thinking the same thing.

  51. Mary says on  02/29/2012 at 10:17 am

    I can’t even read that

  52. David says on  02/29/2012 at 10:18 am

    It is cruel.. But is interesting how something like this wakes up desires to HURT humans.. so I guess its a fuel for anger video.. I feel sooooo SO SO very sorry for these people to not have anything else to do.. poor minds do poor actions.

  53. Debi says on  02/29/2012 at 10:18 am

    Why not string one another up there! And leave the poor animals alone. Geez, what a world we live in. String up them big ole boys up there…. see how the hell they like it!

  54. Carol says on  02/29/2012 at 10:19 am

    one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in a long time. left me feeling sick. participants believe it wards off evil spirits. another example of how bizarre humans can act in the name of their ‘beliefs’. and this isn’t as ugly as it (actions based on beliefs) gets by any means. so misguided… part of me wants to string them up and the other part pities them.

  55. Die Perversionen nehmen kein Ende und in solche Länder fahren Leute in Urlaub, mir unverständlich…..

  56. Safir says on  02/29/2012 at 10:20 am

    I dont´t like THIS!!!!

  57. Lauren says on  02/29/2012 at 10:21 am

    This is DISGUSTING. These sorry excuse for humans need to have this done to them.

  58. That is so dreadful… I can’t believe so many stand by and cheered. I only watched the first one that was enough.

  59. They are idiots, I would like to spin all those people with no water.

  60. :(((((((((((

  61. spin the jerks who are responsible

  62. Althea says on  02/29/2012 at 10:22 am

    I can’t even write what I’m thinking!!!

  63. Well I am sufficiently bullshit for the rest of the day, thanks. Stupid bastards.

  64. This is right up there with the annual coming of age ritual in which young men slaughter thousands dolphins to become men in Denmark

  65. pervers … auf dieser Welt leben fast nur Idioten! Wie kann man sich an solchen Abscheulichkeiten nur erfreuen .. abartig!

  66. barbarzyńców nie brakuje na świecie :(

  67. Melissa says on  02/29/2012 at 10:27 am

    i feel ill

  68. David says on  02/29/2012 at 10:28 am

    Here’s proof of what a shallow gene pool produces; a whole village of idiots. Take away their animals, and let them spin each other out of existance.

  69. Chuck says on  02/29/2012 at 10:28 am

    wow they are back to cat spinning.. .who doesn’t like that ?

    • Anonymous says on  10/23/2014 at 1:13 pm

      I don’tt like cat/ dod spinning. If you like it why not offer to replace the dogs? Sick as hell. Jane Somerset..

  70. Chrissie says on  02/29/2012 at 10:29 am


  71. You know…I thought this was some kind of Leap day prank when I saw the headline…I just couldn’t believe this was real. Now that I’ve seen the video…like someone said above…I can’t even type what I’m thinking…I’m beyond floored by this ritual/practice…dispicable!!!

  72. Fred says on  02/29/2012 at 10:31 am

    From the comments here I cannot watch such barbarian practices………..rituals or not. These people who get such joy out of such practices have a special place in h e l l imo………donna

  73. Charlie says on  02/29/2012 at 10:31 am

    oy.. don’t people think of the animal involved at all? WTF??????

  74. Heidi says on  02/29/2012 at 10:33 am

    Absolutely horrible!

  75. This is horrible!!! What is WRONG with people?????

  76. Gary says on  02/29/2012 at 10:33 am

    And people wonder why the Bulgarian space program has not put a man (or dog) on the moon yet.

  77. Grumpus says on  02/29/2012 at 10:34 am

    About flipping time!!! ;o) It is as useless and unnecessary as tapping a… canary over the head with a teaspoon!!! Not that I met anyone tapping a canary over the head with a teaspoon!!! Those poor dogs!!! ;o/ xxx

  78. Gary says on  02/29/2012 at 10:35 am

    I’m sure this was started by a bunch of drunk guys in a bar hundreds of years ago.

  79. dog spinning? Oh dear the poor creatures. just wow

  80. Don’t those people have anything better to do? That’s just insane.

  81. Elizabeth says on  02/29/2012 at 10:43 am

    I want to puke at the idea of this!

  82. To weird!!!! Geez

  83. WTF is wrong with the cancerous human race?

  84. Gary says on  02/29/2012 at 10:50 am

    This looks like a great event for the Redneck Games. I can picture Billy Ray spinning after a couple of beers and hurling across the crowd.

  85. SICK PEOPLE!!!! We are the problem in the world!! People suck!

  86. das sollte mann mit denen machen….penners

  87. More proof that the human race is the biggest cancer ever to be born !!!

  88. Sick!

  89. Dawn says on  02/29/2012 at 10:57 am

    Backwards human garbage. You know damned well they’ll be doing it again as soon as no one is looking.

  90. Linda says on  02/29/2012 at 10:57 am

    The cruelty of humans never ceases to amaze and sicken me.

  91. Horrible idea! If it were so wonderful, why not to it to humans?

  92. es ist an der zeit solche sachen mit denen zu machen die den scheis aus gründen wie tradition oder sonst nen quatsch betreiben!

  93. Angelique says on  02/29/2012 at 11:00 am

    Spin the people up to 10 m high, with no water. :-((

  94. Christi says on  02/29/2012 at 11:00 am

    Anybody up for spinning some dumb asses in Bulgaria?

    • Shut the he'll up. says on  02/29/2012 at 10:27 pm

      FYI, this is just a small village in Bulgaria. Ok. Not everyone does this. Just some stupid drunk people. You guys are overreacting.
      Look around you. There’s probably tons of worse stuff that even YOU do every day.

  95. Some people make me sick

  96. Cathy says on  02/29/2012 at 11:05 am


  97. YES !!!!

  98. ugh!!! :( Those poor doggies! …Bulgaria never heard of vaccinations? What an awful ritual! Glad they’re coming to their senses

  99. Christie says on  02/29/2012 at 11:15 am

    ’bout damn time!!!!!!!

  100. Wow….I almost threw up….so disturbing….);

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