The police found the dog’s body burried just outside the village. Raycho, the owner, has been detained for 24 hours. The Procecution is said to be working on the case.
The Bulgarian public was once again shocked by a case of animal cruelty in a village near Plovdiv. Tied to the draw-bar of a car and dragged on for many kilometers, a helpless dog suffered horrible injuries as it left a long bloody trail to the margins of the village, before it was dumped to die there.
A witness to the crime – Nikoleta Angelova, a student, saw the horrible scene on her way to Greece last Friday and tried to stop the torture. She was dismissed by Mr. Ivanov who told her: “the dog has to suffer”. She photographed the crime and posted it on Facebook. After it sturred great anger online, a report was filed with the local police.
The police report to have found the person whose car and dog this is. The man is 55 year old Raycho Ivanov from the village Topalovo (near Asenovgrad), a plumber. He was taken into custody briefly and dismissed.
The media have broadcasted a photo of the alleged perpetrator
The reports on the dog’s condition and whereabouts are conflicting – it is said to be taken to a veterinary assistance the next day – Saturday. We do not have information whether the dog is still in veterinary care, or returned to the owner.
Raycho Ivanov’s neighbours comment that he is a man of bad temper and quickly becomes agressive when he is upset. According to the Police this was supposed to be a punishment for the dog who had somehow misbehaved.
Bulgaria was the last EU country to list animal cruelty as a crime – in 2011. The Procecution Beauro in Assenovgrad has begun an investigation on the case of animal cruelty. If Raycho Ivanov is found guilty he will be facing a fine up to 5 000 Bulgarian leva (2 500E) and up to 3 years in prison.