Van Damme, best known for his martial arts action films, launched an emotive campaign on social media, posting selfies of him hugging his chihuahua, which eventually persuaded Bulgaria’s food safety authority to accept the dog back. “I beg, please, for my birthday, the Food Safety Authority, change your decision,” Van Damme wrote over the weekend, launching a petition to save the dog.
Kevin Thackrah, Petpals director, said: ‘We have now reviewed the correspondence and investigation carried out at the time and whilst we do not deny that Betty died while in the care of our Redcar franchise, it was not clear that this was entirely due to being left in the van for 20 minutes as the vehicle was air conditioned and still cool on the carers’ return to the vehicle after walking other dogs.
“They made a mistake, the people who didn’t do the paper correctly... But they cannot kill that little chihuahua.”The food safety authority says Raya will have medical checks when she gets back to Bulgaria and will be put up for adoption.
Yavor Gechev from the Four Paws animal rights organisation told AFP on Monday that Bulgaria should be congratulated for showing flexibility but called for stricter control on illegal breeders and animal traffickers. “The export of pets from eastern to western and northern Europe is a lucrative business,” he said. The dog’s fake passport meant she would have been put down on 20 October under Norway’s legislation, said Gechev. The misadventures of Raya resemble the story of Penka the cow, who also faced a death sentence after wandering over Bulgaria’s border with Serbia in May 2018.
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Penka was saved thanks to an international campaign in her defence joined by former Beatle Paul McCartney.
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