PAWS / Plovdiv Animal Welfare Society


By the time you read this, another helpless, trusting animal would probably be dead in the Plovdiv county shelter. If anything can be done, PLEASE, PLEASE, consider these poor animals dying a terrible death through no fault of their own.  Consider their gruesome faith in the hands of the pound executioners.
YOU PEOPLE have the power to change the world ... YOU ARE an extremely powerful resource.  Contact anyone you can, local, national, international.  We trust that you will use it to the fullest extent so that we can save these little, innocent souls. These atrocities CAN NOT and SHOULD NOT go forever or unpunished. The Plovdiv county shelter WILL be exposed, and people..INCLUDING some state, and county officials WILL BE held accountable for the crimes and corruption that PERSIST today. This will STOP!
Please DON'T STOP PUTTING PRESSURE ON THESE PEOPLE!  If they could do it once, they WILL do it again! 

Sign the Petition here.
"I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. "God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?" God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly. "I have done something," He replied. "I created YOU....."

Say NO to the mass slaughter of street dogs in Bulgaria
and the Plovdiv county animal shelter.

Map of the so called death camps

for abandoned, lost or stray dogs
in Bulgaria.

To help end the indiscriminate mass slaughter and abuse of homeless dogs we need your immediate help. Here are some suggestions what you can do right now.
Write to the people below, preferably on paper. Demand answers why these atrocities have been going on for decades unpunished, why laws have never been enforced, why perpetrators of acts of violence against animals get promoted, why animal welfare supporters get ignored and persecuted, why legislation concerning animals is so inadequate, why organized criminal groups, profiting from animal torture and death are partners with the local government, why the media  generally keep silent about what is going on, why this conspiracy against homeless animals has not provoked any response by the European Commission or the European Parliament, why.....why....why!!!

Contact the Mayor of Plovdiv
Mr. Ivan Totev
Pl. "Stefan Stambolov" No 1
Plovdiv Bulgaria
Tel: 00359 32 656701

Remind him that when animals suffer people suffer too. Insist that the indiscriminate torture and killing of stray, abandoned, homeless animals in the notorious Plovdiv county animal shelter should STOP immediately. Tell him that the active promotion of animal torture and abuse in Plovdiv has already put this town on the death camp map of Bulgaria.

Contact the Bulgarian Prime Minister.
Mr. Plamen Oresharski
Bul. ''Al. Dondukov'' No 1
Sofia 1163
Tel: ++359 2 940 29 99
Web site:

Tell him that it is intolerable in the 21st century political and social problems to be resolved by inflicting pain, suffering and death upon innocent, helpless animals. Tell him that only weak and corrupt government can allow such barbaric practices to be legal, common and widespread.

Contact the Bulgarian President.
Mr. Rossen Plevnaliev
''Dondukov'' No 2 str.
Sofia 1123
Tel: ++359 2 9239333

Remind him that savages and barbarians have no place in Europe or anywhere in the civilized world. Tell him that the death and agony of hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian dogs reminds the world of the holocaust victims in Nazi Germany. It has outraged all compassionate people and should be stopped immediately.

Contact the Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture.
Prof. Dimitar Grekov
Bul. ''Hristo Botev'' No55
Sofia 1040
Tel: (++359) 2 985-11-199

Tell him that, the ongoing slaughter of homeless dogs in the so called "isolators" is illegal, cruel and unacceptable for any society, pretending to be civilized. It only serves the interests of organized crime. Profiting from animal deaths and suffering is unethical, immoral and should be outlawed.

Contact the Director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency
Prof. Plamen Mollov
Bul. ''P. Slaveikov'' No 15A
Sofia 1606
Fax: ++359 2 954-95-93

Tell him that euthanasia is a privilege of humane, compassionate societies. Euthanasia is a privilege of a society with high moral principles. Bulgarian society has not yet reached that level of maturity. Remind him that in the hands of sadists, perverts and psychopaths euthanasia is as dangerous as a gun or razor blade in the hands of a child.

Contact the Chairman of the Bulgarian Parliament
Mr. Mihail Mikov
Narodno Sabranie square No 2
Sofia 1169
Tеl. ++359 2 939 39,
fax: ++359 2 981 31 31,

Tell her that the Animal Protection Bill is inadequate and not properly enforced in Bulgaria. In fact to this day no one has been punished for  acts of violence and animal torture. That makes the bulgarian government directly responsible for the gravity of the situation.

Visit the nearest Bulgarian consular service.
Express verbally your anger and disgust. Tell them in their faces that you will never consider Bulgaria a civilized country or part of Europe. You and your friends can organize a vigil in support of animals in Bulgaria in front of the nearest Bulgarian Embassy or consular service. Invite journalists too. Tell them how you feel.

Don't vacation in Bulgaria
Consider instead spending your money in a country that does not actively promote the barbaric slaughter of street dogs. Write to the nearest travel agent and explain why you've made this decision.

Boycott Bulgarian goods and services
Stop buying food, clothes, shoes, raw materials etc with the label ''Made in Bulgaria''. Stop buying properties in Bulgaria. Stop using Bulgarian airlines. We hope that the Bulgarian government will realize that the economic impact of such a boycott is too high a price to pay for tolerating the slaughter and abuse of homeless animals.

Spread the word
Tell everyone you know how you feel. Write to your local newspaper or television. Voice your concern that when animals suffer people suffer too. Demand radical change in the Bulgarian government's attitude towards animals.


Victims of the holocaust......and the homeless dogs of Plovdiv.

Аt death camps like Auschwitz children did not fare well. They were generally killed upon arrival. Children born in the camps were also often killed on the spot, especially if the child was Jewish. So called camp doctors, would torture Jewish children, Gypsy children and many others. They were put into pressure chambers, tested with drugs, castrated, frozen to death and exposed to various other traumas.
Today, in the zooveterinary pound in Plovdiv, known also as notorious, institutional death camp, thousands of innocent, homeless dogs are being killed  in the hands of the so called ''doctors''. Separated from their mothers, the little puppies are generally drowned upon arrival, others are bludgeoned to death. Bigger dogs also rarely survive in the cold Winter months after the disinfectant bath, which leaves them wet on the cold cement floor. According to eyewitnesses, some animals suffer an agonizing deaths.
In the Nazi camps newcomers were first exposed to a shock upon arrival. The sad surroundings, the big rush, the many soldiers and sheep dogs, the loud harsh commands contributed to their fears. All those who survived the initial selections and were not immediately gassed, had to endure disgraceful admission rituals. The death rate was up to 95%. Nobody understood this unreality and inhumanity. After the first few weeks many started to loose reaction on their surroundings.
In the dog pound in Plovdiv animals are exposed to shock upon arrival. Those who survive the initial selection and are not killed are thrown into the cells. Witnessing the death and suffering of their inmates, hungry and sick, the animals soon loose reaction on their surroundings. Many have seen the dog's terrified, sad, hollow eyes, helplessly dependent on their torturer's will.

Menus in the camps were developed officially, which included all necessary processed foodstuff, how the meals should be prepared, how many calories they had. But this food was never distributed to the prisoners. After a few weeks they reached a condition of total exhaustion because of the hunger rations and the lack of proper food distribution. Whenever possible the prisoners looked for something to eat. Even the rubbish heaps near the kitchens were scoured for scraps. The consumption of raw potato peels and other rubbish only made them sick.
Menus in the dog pound are developed officially and paid by the taxpayers. Unfortunately this food never gets to the dogs. Generally they are given animal skins and some water with lard, sometimes infestted with worms. The weakest and the sick usually get nothing. Sometimes, driven insane from hunger, dogs attack and injure each other or chew the carcasses of the dead.
In Auschwitz killing through a phenol injection began in August 1941. 10 cc of phenol, the so called ''abspritzen'' were injected directly in the heart. The victims died immediately.
Similar methods of killing by injecting dogs with magnesium sulphate, potassium chlorate etc. directly in the heart are common and routine in Plovdiv. This ''brilliant'' solution of the problem by the city council administration reminds us of the Nazi extermination of Jews, Gypsies, Russians and others, considered inferior, weak, and useless.
First attempts to gas people took place in Auschwitz in September 1941. A hydro-cyanic acid compound was used called ''Cyclone B'', which led to death from suffocation within a very short time. The camp crematories managed to incinerate up to 20000 bodies daily. Near the end of the war in order to cut expenses and save gas, ''cost-account considerations'' led to an order to place living children directly into the ovens or throw them into open burning pits.
Ex-workers in the dog isolator in Plovdiv tell horrifying stories. In order to cut expenses and save food and lethal injections, dog handlers would take the animals directly to the incinerators and burn them alive, or drown them in the river.
Many would ask themselves why in the 21st century, in the heart of Europe, in a country, member of the EC and NATO, pretending to be civilized, such barbaric practices still exist. The answer is simple. Killing once again turned out to be a profitable business. Dog's bones and flesh are used for pet food. Gloves, boots and coats are made from dog's skins. Ashes from the incinerators are used as fertilizer. Just like in the Nazi camps.
Sadly, history repeats itself. History teaches nothing and no lessons have been learned. Today's victims may have four legs but they suffer just the same. Their tragic fate will never be truly understood but their suffering will haunt us to the grave and humiliate us as people and society.            

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Nazi euthanasia program.

In October 1939 amid the turmoil of the outbreak of war Hitler ordered widespread ''mercy killing'' of the sick and disabled.
In 1999 the Bulgarian government legalised the ''mercy killing'' of stray or abandoned dogs by introducing Article 70 of the Veterinary Medical Act.
Code named ''Aktion T 4'' the Nazi euthanasia program to eliminate ''life unworthy of life'' at first focused on newborns and very young children. Midwifes and doctors were required to register children up to age three who showed symptoms of mental retardation, physical deformity or other symptoms included in a questionnaire from the Reich Health Ministry. The Nazi euthanasia program quickly expanded to include older disabled children and adults. Patients had to be reported if they suffered from schizophrenia, epilepsy, senile disorders, paralysis, syphilis, retardation, encephalitis, Huntington's chorea and other neurological conditions, also those who did not posses German citizenship or were not of German or related blood, including Jews, Negroes and Gypsies.

In Bulgaria at first the objectives of the so called ''euthanasia program'' were extermination of all city dogs, born as stray, abandoned or lost. This program quickly expanded to include dogs from local villages, dogs from factory yards and even family pets. In the notorious town of Plovdiv, well known for its council administration's abysmal attitude towards animals the Mayor passed a decree, making illegal the possession of more than one pet dog without the written ''permission'' of all neighbors. Bearing in mind that 99% of the city population live in tower blocks this proved an impossible task for most pet owners, some of which were forced by the police to hand over their loved pets for slaughter, others chose to live in fear behind locked doors and hope for the best.

In Germany a total of six killing centres were established including the well known psychiatric clinic at Hadamar. The euthanasia program was headed by an SS man named Christian Wirth a notorious brute with the nickname ''the savage Christian''. Some of the victims were killed by lethal injection, others were simply starved to death. At Brandenburg a former prison was converted into a killing centre where the first Nazi experimental gassings took place. The gas chambers were disguised as shower rooms , but were actually hermetically sealed chambers connected by pipes to cylinders of carbon monoxide. Each killing centre included a crematorium where the bodies were taken for disposal.

Over thirty killing centres were established in Bulgaria called dog pounds or isolators. Sadists and perverts were employed as ''dog handlers'' to conduct ''mercy killing'' of innocent, helpless animals. Terrifying stories of dogs being kicked and bludgeoned to death, dogs being strangled, drowned, skinned or burned alive, dogs being fed to the pigs, etc. have been upsetting all animal lovers in Bulgaria.

On August 3, 1941 a Catholic Bishop, Clemens von Galen delivered a sermon in Munster Cathedral, attacking the Nazi euthanasia program calling it ''plain murder'' The sermon sent a shockwave through the Nazi leadership by publicly condemning the program and urged German Catholics to ''withdraw ourselves and our faithful from the Nazi influence so that we may not be contaminated by their thinking and their ungodly behavior.'' As a result on August 23, Hitler suspended Aktion T4 which had accounted for over a hundred thousand deaths by this time.

In Bulgaria animal rights activists and animal welfare supporters have been for years condemning relentlessly the indiscriminate slaughter of homeless dogs calling it ''plain murder''. They have been urging all compassionate people to withdraw themselves from the lies of the Bulgarian government and their ungodly behaviour, which has so far accounted for the agonizing deaths of over one and a half million dogs.


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