This man has decided to keep horses. Applied for European funding and received it. Yet he abandoned them on a high mountain, in 5 feet of snow, with no food or shelter, at least a couple of months ago.
According to the volunteers who managed to reach the place on motor sleds yesterday, it was a mournful sight. At least 40 of the horses were dead, the rest bearly alive, buried in the snow, with eyes pecked out by birds of prey, and worse; not able to stand up or chew the food that was brought to them.
There is an Animal Protection Act here in Bulgaria. The maximum penalty in it is 3 years imprisonment. However, the local courts are extremely lenient towards animal abusers. There have only been a couple of mild sentences for the past 7 years since animal abuse was classified as felony. Despite the fact that this type of crime is widely spread! :(
My friends and I are going to make sure that charges are pressed but fear that it will result in just another slap on the wrist. And this is neither just nor acceptable. Sign and share, please! Your help is highly appreciated!
Update #35 months ago
Friends of the Horses, I don't have good news today. Apparently, the government agency in charge of animal welfare, http://www.babh.government.bg/en/, refuses to seize the surviving horses. For lack of setting they say. Lack of common sense whatsoever I'd say, as volunteers and activists offer their help to organize both transport and shelter. What will happen to the horses when the perpetrator goes to prison! Please, keep sharing this cause! Change will have to happen!
Update #25 months ago
2000 signatures and counting! Thank you all! An investigation is taking place. Though rumour has it that a prison sentence is not guaranteed. Please spend another minute and share our cause again. This petition may turn out to be the key to justice being served in this outrageous case.
Best Regards, Jasmina
Update #15 months ago
Thank you, kindred spirits from all over the world. <3 For your time, for your care and for your support! We reached more than 1000 signatures in 24 hours. What a great response! Please keep sharing our cause! We will not let this criminal slip through the system! Best Regards, Jasmina