Photo from Twitter as per novinite.com
Unfathomably, 70 horses were recently discovered, dead or dying, after they had been abandoned high on a snow-covered Osogovska Mountain.
According to several sources including EUScoop, the horses belonged to businessman Petar Pishtalov from the town of Kyustendil in Bulgaria.
It is believed that Pishtalov, who received 140 euros per horse from a government funding program, left his horses, at random over several months, to die either from starvation or from the freezing cold temperatures. Tragically, 40 of the horses did.
Pishtalov, who, as reported by novinite.com, calls the area where the horses were found “The Valley of Death,” denies that the horses were put on that specific location on his accord. Instead, he is blaming people who were supposed to work for him.
Meanwhile, an investigation is ongoing with the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Rumen Porozhanov, telling Bulgaria’s bTV that he thinks the director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency – Kyustendil will be the first to be fired.
“The main problem in the case of the horses abandoned in the Osogovska Mountain is the very registration of the livestock holding,” Porozhanov said in a statement. He claims that Pishtalov “has met all documentary requirements, but he is guilty because of the way he was looking after the animals. He let them die.”
It has not been decided what penalties or punishment Pishtalov will face yet.
While this is all a bit confusing, what we do know for sure, is not.
Forty of the horses died while the remaining 30, many buried in snow with their eyes pecked out by birds of prey, miraculously survived, though barely as they are left fighting for their lives. Sadly, the remaining animals barely even had the strength to chew the food the rescuers brought for them.
As per a Care2 petition, there is an Animal Protection Act in Bulgaria with a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment. Not nearly long enough in this case! However, the local courts are extremely lenient towards animal abusers.
Everyone involved in the travesty should be held accountable.
A strong message must be sent that animal cruelty is unacceptable!