While British television viewers know her from her years on the soap opera Emmerdale, actress Lorraine Chase will soon step into a role that’s close to her heart– that of animal advocate, as she travels to Bulgaria in an effort to shine a light on the plight of the country’s stray dog population.
Chase, who recently presented the Best Rescue Story Award at the Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards, will join Gavin G. Boulger from Wetnose Animal Aid, Michelle Jones from K-9 Rescue (Bulgaria) and Gary Edwards from Norton Animal Rescue Foundation on a mission to change the Bulgarian public’s perception of stray dogs, who are often looked up as vermin.
The June 2013 journey will include a visit to meet Borko, a dog so severely beaten by villagers as a puppy that his spine snapped, leaving him crippled for life. Saved from a life of suffering on the streets by Dr. Georgi Litov, who has become his devoted pet parent, Borko was enjoying life in his forever home with his siblings Danny and Jackie (both former street dog who were rescued by the doctor) until one recent day when he was once again brutally attacked– this time in his own front garden as part of a “war on strays”.
During the upcoming trip the above mentioned team intend to meet up with municipal officers and government officials (including the president of Bulgaria) to have both Dr. Litov and his dog protected, and to ask the government to implement a National Spay/Neutering Program for pet guardians, to stop indiscriminate breeding and to use existing animal welfare laws to protect such animals. The visit will also offer the group an opportunity to visit various veterinarians, municipal animal shelters and others who are battling to eradicate animal cruelty in Bulgaria, and to make a film documentary on the dire situation faced by Bulgaria’s stray dogs.
Animal lovers can share their concern by signing an online petition,which has so far amassed more than 50,000 signatures and will be handed to the Bulgarian Government. The petition also includes a video of the violent attack which Borko recently endured.
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Photo courtesy Wetnose Animal Aid