Animal cruelty is now considered a crime in Bulgaria to be punished by jail time or probation.
The last amendments in the Penal Code are becoming effective Wednesday, which also criminalize dog fights. The Bill was passed in April, but the Parliament postponed by three months the approval of the texts on animal cruelty.
The amendments were triggered by several widely publicized cases of animal cruelty across the country. The Animal Protection Act was adopted in the beginning of 2008, but it did not include sanctions for animal cruelty.