Beating of Stray Bulgarian Dog Sparks Worldwide Outrage

Strength in numbers can be a powerful thing, and the public is being urged to band together to bring justice to a stray Bulgarian dog named Borko.

The Bulgarian media staged and filmed a lynch mob marching to the home of Dr. George Litov, a man who rescues stray dogs.  One man took a bat and savagely beat the disabled Borko.  When police were called, they did not even show up.

Adding insult to injury, Dr. Litov and his family are being evicted and bullied out of their home, and even their town.  Nothing has been done to help the kind-hearted family who has only tried to help those less fortunate.

Local news articles about the story did not censure the barbaric and sadistic individuals of the mob or the film crew; rather, they chastised Dr. Litov for helping strays.  Journalists in the area incite these kinds of incidents by promoting the “war against stray dogs” – their exact wording of what they deem to be an epidemic.  Instead of encouraging spay and neuter programs and proper care of pets, citizens are egged on to commit heinous acts.

Bulgaria is a member of the European Union, and has recently adopted animal protection laws.  The Animal Welfare Law (2008) forbids inhumane handling of animals, and in 2011 an amendment was made to the penal code that criminalized extreme cruelty to animals.  So why is what happened to Borko, and many like him, allowed to go unpunished?

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, but take pleasure in the suffering of animals.

Law “enforcement” is also culpable, as they typically do not enforce these laws.  Callous police frequently laugh brutality off, and do not accept their obligation to protect animals.  Criminals often are not investigated, given jail time or even a fine for their wrongdoings, and threaten others who want them held accountable.

So what can be done to help?  Raising public awareness and making Bulgarian officials see that they can no longer overlook such atrocities without reproach is a step in the right direction.  It is up to them to ensure that their police enforce regulations and to develop programs that will help citizens learn to have compassion for animals and care for them.

A number of online petitions have been started to seek justice for Borko and Dr. Litov’s family, and ultimately, to demand EU and Bulgarian bureaucrats to put an end to unnecessary cruelty and carnage.  These are four of the more prominent petitions:

http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-disabled-borko-punish-the-man-who-savagely-beat-him-in-his-own-home

http://www.causes.com/actions/1744021-justice-for-borko-demand-the-bulgarian-government-take-action-on-animal-cruelty

https://www.change.org/petitions/disabled-borko-s-story-part-ii-tv7-broadcast-the-truth

http://www.youcaring.com/other/chip-in-disabled-borko-justice-fund/51440

 

Below is the video of Borko’s beating – it may be too disturbing for some viewers.

 







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    April 7, 2013 4:01 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Mhairi Scott

    This is absolutely disgraceful. Im appalled that anyone would ever think this is ok, never mind actually carry out something like this.

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    April 7, 2013 5:10 pmPosted 1 year ago
    CW

    Give the country sanctions and spend your tourist dollars somewhere else!!

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    April 7, 2013 5:29 pmPosted 1 year ago
    J BERWICK

    SICK, JUST SICK, THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD ALL BE BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF THEIR LIVES.I HOPE THEY ROT IN HELL. GODBLESS ALL THE INNOCENT DOGS AND ANIMALS OF THE WORLD.GODBLESS THE DR FOR HELPING:)

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    April 7, 2013 10:13 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    HOW IN THE WORLD COULD SOMEONE DO THIS TO A DEFENSELESS ANIMAL! THEY SHOULD BE TOO, BREAK SOMETHING AND SEE HOW IT FEELS. DID HE SURVIVE? THIS STORY MADE ME CRY AND STILL CANNOT STOP AFTERWARDS I LOVED ON MY RESCUE DOG AND CRIED , HE LOOKED AT ME BUT I JUST CANNOT COMPREHEND SUCH CRUELTY!!!

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    April 7, 2013 10:16 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I will fly to that SHIT hole on my dime. Just need a name of the guy with the club who was actually hitting the poor dog. An address will help as well. I will take care of that piece of SHIT my way !!!

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      April 7, 2013 10:22 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      I’m with the poster above. I’d like to break his back. Eventually.

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    April 7, 2013 10:41 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I would love to beat this man to death as well. I see so many people commenting and liking on facebook but that isnt action. you have to sign petitions! and share the story! and ask how else you can help. I would like to have this dog sent to the US – I wish i could take him. There will still be more stories in Bulgaria – that is the main problem

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    April 8, 2013 12:44 amPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Shame on u Bulgaria !!!

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    April 8, 2013 10:20 amPosted 1 year ago
    jOSE fIGUEROA jR

    Bulgaria YOU HAVE ANIMAL ABUSE LAWS BUT YOU DO NOT ENFORCE THEM, WAKE TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND YOU NEED TO ENFORCE YOUR LAWS SEND POLICE TO ARREST MAN BEATING BORKO WITH BASEBALL BAT THIS PURELY BARBARIC ENFORCE THE LAWS PROTECT YOU CITIZENS WAKE UP

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    April 8, 2013 11:51 amPosted 1 year ago
    Dave

    I wonder how a 45 cal hollow point in each knee would feel. Then maybe one in the stomach

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    April 8, 2013 6:01 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lynn

    The other dogs didn’t even attack in response to this evil man’s actions……That is the difference between dogs and human’s!

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    April 10, 2013 1:20 amPosted 1 year ago
    Eva

    This story has made quite an impact on me, I can’t watch the entire video but that dog to me represents a portrait of an innocent animal,of hurt and evil as well as a last trace of hope and dignity. I can’t explain the rage and disqust I feel towards the nothing that people are becoming,selfish cruel hollow pieces of trash.i have been forwarding this story left and right, trying to get recognition, sadly people are so narrow minded and consumed with their selfish needs to care to even look.Open your eyes people,this story only depicts reality of daily occurances and treatment of animals, as well as people , if nothing gets done this hate and rage will soon consume the entire world.words of kindness are nice but I think the real help will require extra effort,to those who give a shit,there are government addresses listed on the websites send them letters, the makeover home edition, the contacts on the website appear to be bogus, so try sending a letter directly to the website, sending funds will I think be of most benefit, the animal activist page of the uk seems to have links that seem legitimate or send funds directly to address.Obviously the situation there is crucial as they are asking for diapers for the poor dog, people please skip the bigmac for the next few days and help,send them some money, share this story, Write letters, do something,anything.If you don’t take part in enforcing change now soon it will be too late as this epidemic of hate and brutality itching over this world…..

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    May 19, 2013 4:56 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lucy Simons

    This story has touched my heart, I cried for days…I have signed every petition and send countless emails and even phoned the Bulgarian embassy in London, please if you haven’t signed , do it now please, they do work. This story has gone viral and 2 celebrities going to Bulgaria with K9 Bulgaria to help dr Litov with his case against the municipality, Borko has become an animal ambassador and he hope that this could be the start of things changing over there, I will never go there on holiday until they stop the abuse and slaughter of defenceless animals

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    May 16, 2014 6:41 pmPosted 5 months ago
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    OH MY GOSH what kind of horrible creep murderers do you have in your country this is terrible so SAD they killed you YOU were so innocent and just desevred LOVE and a forever HOME>>>>> SHARE Share and let your voices be heard. WHAT KIND OF Hateful people ARE you IN THIS COUNTRY you ARE SUCH CRUEL AND SO FULL OF EVIL HATRED, and picking on little pups and dogs that are so innocent and being protected by a man that loves to help them with LOVE and YOU are so cruel the SAME SHOULD BE DONE TO YOU , someONE NEEDs to tie you down and BEAT YOU SENSELESS and break your spine too……… YOU are so hateful and so CRUEL , you are not even a MAN you are a sub human that is not even worth the ground you stand on,GOD will JUDGE you for your HORRIBLE BEATINGS of innocent dogs. SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOUR HEAD all you men are terrible to be known as human beings. UGH>

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