Lynch mob enters private property and beats defenceless disabled dog while TV reporters film the scene.
After years of selfless dedication to helping hundreds of stray
Bulgarian dogs, Dr Georgi Litov has become the victim of persecution from
Bulgarian Government officials because he is protecting strays.
Caring Doctor faces eviction from his home!
It was like the scene from a movie, yet for Bulgarian Doctor
Georgi Litov it was a nightmare that had become a reality. It was 7am 12th March, and he was busy
chopping wood in his basement to make the morning fire. He heard a commotion in
the street and his dogs were barking, yet thought nothing of it as it was not
unusual for them to bark at the busy morning traffic passing the house. He then
heard a knock at the door, and went to answer it. He was shocked to see an angry mob and TV cameras outside of his house and unaware of what
had gone on before he quickly closed the door, to avoid any confrontation with
the man with the baseball bat.
After the mob left, Dr Litov discovered his disabled dog Borko was
in pain and very stressed, yet it was not until he watched the news on Television that evening
that he realised exactly what had happened. In an interview with K9 Rescue today, Dr Litov said "When I heard Borko screaming, I still didn't suspect what was going on,
thinking that maybe some other dog had sneaked in through a hole in the fence
and that they "argue". Despite his disability, Borko can sometimes scare off
healthy bigger dogs. Dr Litov continued "Not for a moment did I suspect that
Borko was fighting for his life, being attacked by a human animal, trespassing
on my property with a huge baseball bat in his hand. Fortunately, he survived
this ordeal and now he is safe and comfortable."
Dr Litov described today how it all started last year after he
found Borko as a puppy in the street, dragging himself on his belly, crying from pain, hunger and fear,
his spinal column severed. Appalled how someone could beat a puppy and fracture
his spine, leaving him to suffer in this way, he filed a Petition to the
Regional Public Prosecutor's Office (see Appendix 1) yet did not even receive
an acknowledgement from them. "From that moment, Borko became a part of my life
forever", Dr Litov said "I've been nursing and caring for him as my own child
ever since. He made friends with my other dog Danny, also rescued from the
streets in 2008 and later Jacko, who I found on the streets limping after
having been abused and one of his front legs badly injured". Dr Litov continued "Borko has made significant progress with his condition since then - at the
beginning he was paraplegic, yet slowly, as the time went by, he started moving
his legs and now he can even stand up with very little support. That is a miracle.
The vets believed he would never be able to walk again and humane euthanasia
seemed for them the logical solution. Yet Borko proved them wrong."
In his own words, Dr Litov describes what happened on 12th March when mobsters came
into his home later that day. That same day, in the afternoon, two brutes
from the "lynch mob" filmed by TV7 crew, entered my office and
started shouting, kicking and forcing some of the locked doors in the building.
They were shouting "where is the crippled dog". I knew then that they
were coming back for Borko. I called the police and after they arrived,
the two brutes were forced out.
Then a woman and another man appeared out of nowhere, saying they
were from the Municipality of Devin. They had no ID on them
to prove who they really were. They could not provide a logical reason for
being in my office either. Understandably I was suspicious. Then they demanded
that I should open the doors of all the rooms in the building. I knew that for
some reason they were also looking for Borko. I declined firmly and
said a few times in front of witnesses that I am the tenant and they have no
right to enter any of the rooms without my permission. Then I was threatened
that they would smash the doors and go in. Then the man, who turned out to be
the Deputy Mayor of Devin, Vladimir Rosenov Daskalov, said that he would speak to a lawyer on the cell phone. He was furious. Minutes later
he said that they had every right to go in. By that time the two brutes were
back inside my home again, creating havoc. It was a nightmare. Finally I
succumbed to their threats, especially when the two police officers also turned
against me and advised me to comply. What followed was degrading and
humiliating. They searched the premises and found little Borko in his room,
shaking and trembling. He was horrified to see the same faces of the same
people who attacked him in the morning and he wet himself from fear. Pictures
were taken of him as "evidence" and of a few feral cats in the basement, who
sometimes find shelter there. The mobsters were triumphant. On his way out, the
Deputy Mayor said that I should leave the village immediately, because "it was
not safe for me to stay". The two policemen heard that and then I asked them
for permanent police protection, but they declined and left".
Violating someone else's property by force and deception is a
criminal act, according to the Bulgarian Penal Code, yet not only was this
condoned by Government Officials and Police, it was orchestrated and filmed by
Bulgarian broadcasting news channel TV7, owned by Alegro Capital of London. Dr
Litov consulted an attorney and on the 27th of March an official complaint was
sent to the Regional Public Prosecutors office in Smolyan and another to the
District Police Department in Smolyan, asking for police protection. Neither
the Public Prosecutors nor the Police Department have responded and when
approached last week, they have both declined comment.
Dr Litov continued to describe his ordeal "The last threat on my
life was on the 4th of April. Walking my dog in the morning I was stalked by
one of the mobsters, a man named Nikolai Zonev, who directly said to me that
they would beat us (meaning me and my dogs) to death with iron bars. He even repeated the threat, to make his point. There
were witnesses. I called the emergency line and asked for the Police to come
and investigate. They declined. I live alone in the clinic and I fear for my
life and the life of my dogs."
Not content with terrorising Dr Litov and his dogs in their home,
the Municipality saw fit to persecute him further by serving an Eviction Notice
last week on the 5th April. Dr Litov told K9 Rescue "It was the logical outcome of
these events" This was revenge. The Empire struck again, only to prove that humanity is dead in Bulgaria and that people's
rights are a myth. The eviction notice was served by the Head of the Municipal
Property Department in Devin. I have 7 days to appeal in court and my lawyer
will do it on Tuesday. The Mayor of the Devin Municipality is called Mr. Cvetalin
Vasilev Penkov, and basically it is his decision to evict me. His deputies are:
Mr.Georgi Stefanov Saveev, who signed the eviction notice, and Mr. Vladimir
Rosenov Daskalov, the man who illegally violated my home on the 12th of March".
Dr Litov explained. "You see, what people do not understand, they fear. And what
they fear, they hate. My experience is not an isolated case. Thousands of
people in Bulgaria are constantly being
harassed for caring and feeling compassion towards stray animals. So this is
not about me or Borko. This is about all those silent heroes who suffer daily
in fear of persecution and revenge, those who look upon all sentient beings as
equal and defend them, regardless of the consequences."
Bulgarian law says that all stray dogs should be captured,
neutered and returned to the streets. "Of course very few of the strays have
such luck" Dr Litov said. "Bulgaria has a very good Animal Welfare Act, yet fails to enforce it. Sadly, in a country eaten by
corruption, populism and greed, hatred prevails. The Government, accustomed to
solving all political, economic and social problems by murder, not only failed
to enforce the Act yet actively sabotaged it. Barb wired death camps, called
"isolators", especially designed for mass murder, have been
operational all over Bulgaria, where millions of
innocent, defenceless souls have perished in the most despicable, cruel ways,
tortured and killed by sadists and perverts, employed by the State. With the
death machine pounding, the State propaganda has been engaged in "rationalization of murder" and disengagement of the moral standards of
society, by portraying such inhumane behaviour toward sentient beings as
socially acceptable and even desirable, by degrading and dehumanizing homeless
animals, portraying them as vicious, dangerous beasts praying on humans.
Moreover under such conditions of low moral standards and displaced
responsibility, bloodthirsty morons, vigilantes and "concerned citizens",
encouraged by the Media declared "War on Strays", have been engaging
systematically in animal "hunts" and various barbaric acts of animal
torture and abuse, portrayed by the media as "solving the problem".
Dr Litov continued "The Government has a legal obligation not only
to trap, neuter and return stray dogs and cats, yet also an obligation to
"care and look after" (Art. 47 Animal Welfare Act) those animals,
which means to treat the old and the sick, to vaccinate, deworm, feed, water
and eventually re-home them. Yet because the Government has long ago
abandoned its obligations, compassionate, caring people have to do their job, which is what I
have been doing. There is no shelter or animal rescue centre in the village of Selcha, or in the town of Devin or even in the town of Smolyan. That spells disaster for
stray dogs and cats".
Dr Litov explained "My own persecution for protecting strays all
started about five or six years ago, when I began feeding a few stray cats in
the neighbourhood. I would put some food in the backyard to provide relief. My
neighbours didn't like it at all. I started to receive direct threats that they would poison the cats or shoot them. And they did. I have a
cat, still alive, that was shot with a pellet gun and the pellet is still
embedded in its spine. Other cats were shot dead and the people who did it still brag about it. This is the mentality in Bulgaria - murder is socially acceptable
in all its forms. I've also found quite a few dead cats, apparently poisoned,
through the years. Others simply disappeared. And it got worse. In early
November 2011, I found 11 dead cats, apparently poisoned, dumped in my garden
in one single day. Dozens of Bulgarian newspapers wrote about it yet no one
condemned this barbaric act. I complained to the Police and the Public
Prosecutor yet no one has yet been found responsible or charged. Instead they blamed
me for feeding those cats"
As for the TV7 news footage with the libellous title "Doctor
Incites Dogs Against Patients" Dr Litov had this to say "It is absurd! During Surgery hours my dogs are
always shut in private quarters with zero contact with patients. I have been
visited regularly by inspectors from the Regional Health Board. They have never
found violation of any regulation in my clinic. In 2012 I sent a complaint to
the District Directorate for Food Safety who are responsible for enforcing the
Animal Welfare Act, regarding the inhumane treatment of a dog, chained
outside the village, without food and water. After they checked it out the
owner was fined. Then the owner threatened me that he would shoot me with his
hunting rifle. Indeed the man is a hunter, so I took the threat very seriously.
I called the Police and he was cautioned, yet this is an example of the daily
struggle if you are an animal lover in Bulgaria."
Whilst this news footage
was first released by TV7 on 13th March, it was not until 28th of March that it came to the attention of
British K9 Rescues founder Michelle Jones. "I was absolutely horrified at what
I saw Michelle says. "Such a heinous crime on so many levels, not just by the arbitrators
yet also the TV7 news crew who were complicit in this crime, and then by the Municipality
officials who have not only condoned the actions of these mobsters, yet compounded
them with an Eviction Notice to remove Dr Litov from his home.'' Michelle continues ''Having lived in Bulgaria for 5 years, in a small mountain village similar to
that of Selcha, I am familiar with the mentality and ignorance that has lead to
this crime. '' Animal Lovers everywhere in Bulgaria experience recrimination for
their protection of the strays, and if this Eviction is allowed to proceed, it
will spell disaster for animal lovers across the country who will be next?
Michelle, together with her team, set about to publicise this
atrocity, starting with an online Petition to the Bulgarian Government and
other selected officials, which has gathered in excess of 35,000 signatures in
one week, and growing daily. ''I have been heartened by some of the comments we
are receiving from concerned citizens around the world'' Michelle says. ''People
are understandably horrified by the event, yet even more shocked that both the
British owned TV7 news crew and the Government Officials of a European Union
member country have supported the mobsters, and they are rightfully asking that
it ends now!''
K9 Rescue's Petition can be signed here:
For further information please contact Dr Litov's official
Michelle Jones Founder K9 Rescue
Phone number: UK 0117 230 3662
Notes to editor:
K9 Rescue is a UK registered Non-Profit
Organisation whose roots began in Bulgaria in 2005 to help save
dogs destined for culling and find them new homes worldwide. Now, the charity
collaborates with other NGO's in Bulgaria to find both foster and
adoptive homes abroad as well as managing the rehabilitation of sick and
injured dogs together with the accompanying essential fundraising.
Dr George Litov, is a medical doctor and well respected advocate
for strays in Bulgaria.
To the Regional Public
Prosecutor's Office Devin
from Dβr George Litov
citizen of the Republic of Bulgaria
inflicted heavy injury upon a
24th of May 2012
I've been practicing medicine
as a General Practitioner in the village of Selcha for the last 11 years. On the 11th of May 2012, I was walking my dog in the village, when I saw a male puppy
dog, maybe 3 or 4 month old, dragging itself on its belly, crying from pain,
hunger and fear. I picked it up with my bare hands and took it, as a matter of
emergency, to the "Provet" veterinary clinic in Plovdiv, where the doctors made tests and took care of his wounds and
bruises. The Xβrays showed that the spine had been fractured badly and dislocated,
severing the spinal column. The puppy's hind legs were paralysed with no chance
Under article 325b of the
Bulgarian Penal Code, inflicting heavy injury or death upon a vertebrate animal
is a crime. Please do all that is necessary to investigate this matter and find
the person/s responsible.
Dβr George Litov