Extermination of dogs at Breza Coal Mine, Bosnia

11272225_10205533802498050_372230442_nBy Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist in BiH

The management of Coal Mine Breza, Bosnia Herzegovina, ordered and implemented a mass extermination of stray dogs last week.

More than 25 stray dogs, which had lived in the area, were killed during the past weekend. Employees of the mine, which is owned by the Public company Elektroprivreda, Bosnia’s second-largest power utility, noticed that dozens of stray dogs were missing in the area of the coal mine. After many conversations with employees, it has been found that more than 25 stray dogs were killed in the area of the coal mine on the 17th of May.

According to the statement of witnesses, the management of the coal mine, which is led by a director who is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), ordered members of the hunting organisation from Breza to kill all strays in the area of the mine. Two years ago the SDP party proposed amendments to the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, amendments which would have allowed the killing of healthy, stray animals.

Two notorious hunters, who have been reported dozens of times committing criminal offences of torturing and killing animals, shot the stray dogs on the 17th May. The criminal report against the hunters and the management of the coal mine was filed in the police station Breza yesterday. Also, the Prosecutor’s office of Canton Zenica – Doboj was informed about these offenders.

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Medo is a dog from the coal mine. He was saved from the coal mine just a week before the mass killing. Medo was hit by car in front of the coal mine and employees had been feeding him. Employees asked many people to help the dog but no one wanted to provide veterinary care for him including bosses and management of the coal mine. Medo is now safe and he is recovering from injuries, but the dog has not been able to walk since then and all his friends are gone since no one was aware of the dire acts being planned for the stray dogs in the area.

 

Note: Dalida Kozlic had posted on her Facebook page the following just two weeks ago:

medo2My dad received a phone call from employees of coal mine in Breza today. They told him that one dog had been hit by car in front of coal mine on Monday. Employees of coal mine have been feeding him, but the dog couldn’t walk since then. Also, they have asked many people to help the dog but no one has wanted to provide a veterinary care for him including bosses and management of the coal mine. My dad, our vet and I went to coal mine had gone to goal mine and found the dog that was in bushes. We took him to the veterinary station immediately. The dog was exhausted and dehydrated. Also, we found a wire near his neck. The vet says that his skin and hips aren’t injured, but his right last paw is badly injured as well as joints of the left paw, because of those injuries he is unable to walk. The dog will be x rayed next week. He was treated by the vet with analgesics, vitamins, antibiotics and many other medications. After treatment had finished, we took him to the vet’s pension. I will need your help to pay medications and treatments for this wonderful gentle giant. We named him Medo (Bear; in English).”

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Dalida needs our help. Not just for Medo and his veterinary costs, but for 85 rescued dogs and 8 rescued cats. Without Dalida these animals would be starving or dead. Without Dalida, the situation for all strays in the country would be even more dire than it is. She desperately needs support to pay for her rescues’ pension costs, medical costs and food. If you can help, please go to the YouCaring: https://www.youcaring.com/DalidasRescues

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If you prefer to donate directly via Paypal, you may use the following Paypal address: eldar.kozlic1@gmail.com. Once you have made a donation via the YouCaring or directly via Paypal, please click confirm receipt otherwise the funds are not available to Dalida for some weeks.

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Dog Slaughter in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina

Yet another brutal dog murder in Bosnia Herzegovina
Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
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Dog Massacre in Dobosnica, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Murderer apprehended in Bosnia also a killer of dogs

10422500_10206950255617166_5063581269430722294_nBy Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist in BiH:

There is an increasing number of cases of animal abuse in countries of the south-eastern Balkans. Animal rights activists and organisations for the protection of animals are daily faced with cases of the worst forms of animal abuse. Some of these cases have been covered by the media, as it was the case of a dog called Mila whose all paws were cut off in Belgrade, four years ago. Mila was saved by activists. There were cases of putting firecrackers in the mouths of dogs in Sarajevo and Zagreb in 2011 and 2013; unfortunately both dogs had to be euthanized, because of the terrible injuries that had been sustained.

In Prijedor, 3rd May 2015, Bosnia Herzegovina, Alen Bahonjic killed Hasan Alic who was 74 years old. Alen Bahonjic used a hammer to kill Hasan Alic and the motive for this murder was greed. Alen Bahonjic was arrested. The Prosecutor’s office will issue an indictment. It is interesting that Alen Bahonjic has already committed criminal offences including a criminal offence of torturing and killing of animals. He killed two senior stray dogs in Prijedor in 2014. He was arrested because of the criminal offence but obviously the Bosnian legal system only reacted after he had killed a man. These cases present the cruel reality of the Bosnian legal system that has good legislation but lack of implementation.

Animal abuse can be a symptom of a personality disorder: the disorder of society as a whole.

n554452_10202751297444288_2060475094077829779_nThe tendency to abuse, torture and kill animals is one of the most important symptoms of a psychopath / sociopath. Psychopaths or sociopaths are people without conscience, who enjoy abusing animals and humans. Those people usually behave and look like normal people.

Zoo sadism is the term for pleasure (psychological, physical or sexual) gained from abusing animals. Psychologists, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists consider that the reason behind someone abusing animals is childhood trauma, sexual and violent fantasies, different kinds of frustration and a desire for control over the helpless creature. However, the most important thing is that the goal of animal abuse is manipulation and a desire to inflict physical and psychological pain to a being that cannot defend itself. The abuser of animals has no conscience; he does not sympathize with other living beings. It is documented that many serial killers were animal abusers. People who abuse animals are aware that it is prohibited by law and punishable as a morally appalling act, but the desire to manipulate and to express their own complex via hurting helpless creature is so strong they can only keep repeating the sadistic acts.

beheadeddogAnimal abusers are rarely mentally ill people, but animal abuse is a symptom of severe mental disorder. The mentally ill are rarely aware of the consequences of their actions, while the mentally disturbed are aware of their actions and their consequences. Animal abusers are psychopaths who intentionally know what they do and who are fully aware of their actions and the consequences, but do not empathize with other living beings. The most important thing for them is to be satisfied by expressing power and control over the helpless creature and thus find ease for their frustrations and / or complexes.

Animal abusers often seem like harmless people. Often they live a usual and normal life, yet animal abusers are five times more prone to commit violence against people, compared to the rest of the populace. Often trying sadistic methods leads to the harassment of people. Also, many killers of animals used animals to practice on, and then are able to effectively abuse and killing people.

Child animal abusers are potentially very dangerous people and usually exceed the performance of serious criminal offences.

Murderers very often start out by killing and torturing animals when they were children,” says 10733958_567716583374294_7622265513582938017_nRobert K. Ressler, who worked on the development of profiles of serial killers for the FBI.

Also research from the FBI, and the world’s other police and security agencies have shown that animal cruelty is one of the common factors that appear regularly in the computer records of serial rapists and murderers.

Professional literature for diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and emotional disorders lists cruelty to animals as a diagnostic criterion for the treatment of these disorders.

Lack of action by the society towards animal abuse and abusers indicates that the society is not ready to enter into its “dark spheres.” Specifically, in the western developed countries there are also cases of severe animal abuse, however, any such case is covered by the media and the general public is involved in finding the offenders, and the names of animal abusers and murderers are publicly disclosed. Also, the sanctions for offenders are rigorous and exercise a preventive and repressive function. Most importantly, the authorities are consistent in identifying and punishing animal abusers. Western society understands that animal abuse is a serious anomaly in the behaviour and psyche of man, and therefore many efforts are made to prevent animal abusers and killers.

1422524_307177846097390_4941171716036553606_nThe problem in Bosnia and Herzegovina is that the protection of animals is often identified with the financial situation in the country. It is a complete absurdity.

Financing services for the protection of animals is not an expensive processs which can be financed only by economically developed countries. On the contrary, the construction and funding of animal shelters and services for the protection of animals is the cheapest and the most effective option to protect animals.

Bosnian society does not understand that animals are unable to fight for themselves and there is a complete lack of empathy for those who suffer. This means that this society as a whole has a pathological feature. What individuals and this society does not want to understand is that animal abusers are people with pathological personality features who tend to become abusers and killers of people (if not already). Prosecution and sanctioning of animal abusers are the basic functions of protecting animals. Special prevention sends a message to abusers that if they reoffend their offence against animals, they are to be arrested and punished. The general prevention message is sent to the society. The state and the judiciary do not tolerate animal abuse, and the problem is recognized as a deep social anomaly and that each abuser is to be punished. This is not happening in Bosnia Herzegovina.

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Research in psychology and criminology has proved that violent behavior towards animals may be the first sign of pathological violence that inevitably leads to human casualties.”

News reports (in Bosnian):
Kozarac kod Prijedora: Bahonjić priznao da je Alića ubio čekićem i pokušao ga zapaliti

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Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Mass killing of stray dogs in Banovici, Bosnia

11180174_10205377337066512_1382365161_nA number of stray dogs have been killed in Banovici during the past few days. Mass slaughter of dogs started when two unknown persons were shooting dogs from their car. Citizens of Banovici have found corpses of dead dogs in many parts of the town including streets in the centre of Banovici. After this illegal and brutal massacre had started, many citizens of Banovici started saving of dogs from Banovici. 11208958_10205377336066487_1996665112_n

An improvised shelter was built on private property near Banovici: over 100 dogs have been placed in an improvised shelter and food, blankets and medications are needed for saved animals. It is extraordinary that people have organised such wonderful and humane action in order to save stray dogs from brutal killers.

Killing of stray dogs was reported to local police. Also, a criminal report will be filled to Prosecutor’s office against unknown persons because they have committed a criminal offence of torturing and killing of animals.

By Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist in BiH

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Note: Animal rescuer Duner Rajs has been involved in rescuing the dogs of Banovici. Please visit his Facebook page. Just today there are new photos of dogs in plastic bags having been thrown in a river near Grivičke school. The situation is horrific. If you wish to send donations towards helping the dogs of Banovici, please follow the instructions below, but be sure to mark you donation for ‘Banovici’.

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Dogs Poisoned in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia
Another Mass Killing of Dogs in Bosnia

Dogs Brutally Slaughtered in Bosnia HerzegovinaPuppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina

Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

Dog’s Skull Deliberately Crushed in Bosnia Herzegovina

Dog Slaughter in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina

Yet another brutal dog murder in Bosnia Herzegovina
Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
More than 40 killed dogs found in garbage dump
Poisoning of Dogs and Cats in Glamoc, Bosnia Herzegovina
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Mass Murder of Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina
Dog Massacre in Dobosnica, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Bosnian public shelters for stray dogs – A True Horror Story

By Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist in BiH:

Stray dogs have always been killed in Bosnia. Before the legislation of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals in 2009, organised groups of hunters had killed stray dogs in all cities, even in the middle of the day. It had been illegal, but no one had wanted to investigate and punish hunters because they had received a lot of money from Bosnian municipalities for these atrocities.

Gladnopuppies copyThe Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina was legislated and entered into force by the Parliamentary Assembly in 2009. Also, torturing and killing animals is a criminal offence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to provisions of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals every municipality is obliged to establish and finance shelters for stray animals as well as hygienic services that are obliged to catch and transport stray animals to 1794744_10152361893331080_2473322703677950794_nveterinary stations and shelters. Two very important ordinances were legislated in 2010: Ordinances on both establishing shelters and the conditions that shelters for stray animals and hygienic services must fulfil. Both ordinances provide very strict and humane ways of establishing and maintaining of shelters and hygienic services. Bosnia and Herzegovina has one of the best animal welfare legislations in Europe, but the reality is different and cruel for stray animals.

There are many illegal shelters for stray animals that are established and led by persons who are close to Bosnian authorities. Politically eligible persons construct so-called shelters for stray animals, which have the function of concentration camps, and they invoice false spay/neuter programs, as well as for food Gladnoawfulthat would never be given to animals; veterinary examinations and treatment, and the means for euthanasia.  In fact. animals are tortured and killed in those shelters constantly.  Animals are beaten, cut, clubbed, raped or tortured in many horrific ways. Animals do not have water, food, accommodation, they freeze or they are exposed to extremely high temperatures. Also, animals are killed with wires, clubs, glass shreds, poison and also fire arms. While all these atrocities happen, local authorities finance people who own those shelters. Also, there are 1475885_770877902939000_260306746_nmany illegal hygienic services that receive money from budgets of different municipalities. Those hygienic services kill stray animals, but they receive money for food, medications, treatments, catching of stray animals as well as their placement as they are alive.

Nobody knows how many illegal public shelters exists in Bosnia. There are public shelters in Praca, Hresa, Gladno Polje, Hadzici, Tesanj, Jajce, Bratunac, Bihac, Sanski Most, Banja Luka, Prnjavor, Doboj, Trebinje, Foća, Goražde.

In some of those shelters activists and rescuers are allowed to come and feed and help dogs. Those shelters are Gadno Polje, Banja Luka and Prnajvor. Conditions are very bad and activists struggle to help dogs, but at least dogs are not illegally killed and they are fed and treated. Since municipalities do not give enough money for those shelters, and food and 1379787_10202389002909199_1658533155_nveterinary costs are financed by activists and donators. It is not good solution because local authorities must fulfil their legal obligations and finance shelters in accordance with Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, but it is the only way to keep an eye on authorities and protect stray dogs in those shelters. It is necessary to work constantly on legalisation of those shelters and adjustment of shelters as it is required by the law.

Praca shelter, the only registered and the biggest shelter in Bosnia also has a lot of problems. It is overcrowded, but at least people are allowed to donate some food and medications for dogs. This shelter should have been financed by all municipalities of Canton Sarajevo, but after it had been published how much budget money had been spent for illegal activities, the shelter was forgotten but many new dogs have been placed there.

xxxThe situation is much worse in shelters that cannot be visited by anyone. It is common practice to establish illegal shelters – pounds in former military buildings that are no longer used by the Bosnian military. Those buildings are hidden, surrounded by hectares of the land and huge fences. Those places are perfect for killing of stray dogs. Most of them were built by the former Yugoslavian army and therefore they were very complicated to be visited or to see what it was going one in there.

One of such former military base that is used as illegal pound is the casern Safet Zajko in Sarajevo, which is used by a notorious and illegal group of dog catchers that has been established in municipality Novi Grad Sarajevo. There have been killed thousands of stray dogs.

bihac_18_894824008Also, illegal pounds have been established in former military buildings in Hadzici, Tesanj and Jajce. No one has ever visited those buildings. Local people have confirmed as well as local authorities that “shelters” have been established in those buildings. There are no records of how many dogs have been caught and placed there. Caught dogs that are taken in those buildings have never been found again.

The pattern is similar with other illegal shelters, which are not placed in former military buildings. Most of them are placed in some unusual, old and destroyed buildings.

208674_587515221260272_1966183606_nBecause of the obvious money laundering through illegal shelters, Bosnian authorities want to have more stray dogs on the streets. If there are a lot of dogs on the streets, than more dogs can be killed and more money can be stolen. If people abandon dogs and if stray dogs are not spayed/neutered, then there will always be enough dogs to be killed by corrupt authorities who take money for dead dogs.

The only solution that can save Bosnian stray animals is to implement Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals in all its provisions and to establish system that is provided by the law.

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Another Horror Shelter in Bosnia
THE HORROR SHELTERS OF BOSNIA – SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

Saving Lucia and the dogs of Foča and Gorazde
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend PART TWO
Mass Graves Found Near Dog “Shelter”
Hresa Shelter:
Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four – Part Five – Part Six – Part Seven

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the rescued dogs we are sponsoring but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Stopping the Suffering: you CAN help the dogs of Prnjavor Shelter!

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Until end of day Friday, 17th April, ANY donation you make towards sterilising the dogs of Prnjavor shelter will be DOUBLED, thanks to The Harmony Fund who will match all donations! Go HERE to donate.

10484142_10153007842443387_1982794010553137039_oFor some time now AWABosnia has run a fundraiser for sterilising the dogs of Prnjavor shelter, Bosnia Herzegovina. This is possible due to the work of Bojan Veselica, an independent rescuer who does everything he can to see that the dogs in this public shelter are cared for. Unfortunately public funds do not cover sterilisation, and this is a real problem as there is no way to separate male and female dogs.

Bojan contacted us and we started fundraising last year,
10474535_10153008600963387_5604793361443963646_nand managed to raise enough to sterilise 12 dogs by March 2015. The original goal was to cover the costs for 20 dogs, and this would include rabies vaccinations and parasites.

However, there are many dogs needing sterilisation and Bojan recently wrote: “Situation is getting from bad to worse each day at Prnjavor public shelter. Its spring time and people surrender their dogs every day now. In the last 20 days there is 10 new dogs. Its getting pretty crowded inside. I don’t see some happy future for this. I am trying my best but I can’t stop people from 11080587_10153007842363387_7230316890892802054_odumping their dogs. I can try and do as much sterilisations as possible but we need the funds. Oh I am getting really tired from this.”

Yesterday we emailed the The Harmony Fund to see if they could help and they immediately wrote back: “We will match all donations that come in from now until end of day Friday 17th April (up to 700 Euros).

This is an incredible offer, so we really want to see if we can generate 700 euros of donations in the next day and a half. This will mean 1400 euros for Prnjavor, which means TWENTY EIGHT dogs can be sterilised! Please donate via our YouCaringScreen Shot 2015-04-15 at 22.08.43If you wish to make a direct donation via PayPal, you can do so to the PayPal account: donations@awabosnia.org – please mark your donation as ‘Prnjavor‘ 

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OTHER DONATIONS

Funds are needed to help individual rescues, for spay-neuter projects, for education also to continue advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

Donations are managed by AWABosnia, an independent group of animal advocates. On their website, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Even just one dollar or one euro will help make a difference.

Official Investigation Ordered into Donji Vakuf Dog Poisoning

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 16.53.01 Written by Dalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist, Breza, BiH

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 16.50.51More than 50 stray dogs and cats, as well as pets, have been poisoned in Donji Vakuf since the beginning of March. Bodies of dead animals can be found on the streets of Donji Vakuf almost every day. The dogs were poisoned on city streets, in the doorways of buildings, in the city parks. The Veterinary Station of Donji Vakuf has confirmed that poison was used to kill the dogs, given the symptoms. The veterinary station stated that half the dogs killed had been sterilised in a local campaign. The criminal report against an unknown offender or more offenders was filed as a result of committing the criminal offences of torturing and killing of animals as well as provoking general danger on the 12th March.

I presented material evidence as part of the criminal report. The Prosecutor’s office of Canton Central Bosnia has ordered an official investigation of this case.

Untitled2Criminal activities of the illegal and notorious group of dog catchers of P. C. “Lokom” Ltd. Novi Grad are being investigated. Unfortunately, due to the slow judicial system dog catchers are still active in Sarajevo. It is obvious that huge legal and media campaign has influenced on judicial authorities to start investigating this criminal group, but it is important to try to influence the Bosnian judicial authorities to forbid the activities of dog catchers. Because of this, it is important for all concerned to contact embassies of foreign countries and to ask them to support our battle against this group of dog catchers. It is not just a battle against dog killers; it is a battle against the corrupt system of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

11046702_10205214142066739_7120927950346993881_oAlso, demonstrations held against illegal dog catchers of P. C. „Lokom“ Ltd. Novi Grad Sarajevo in front of the headquarters of the Municipality of Novi Grad Sarajevo on the 4th of April had a huge media impact. Most of the Bosnian media followed the demonstrations and published the demands of demonstrators. After two years of media darkness and dirty campaigning against stray dogs, rescuers and activists persuaded media publicity to speak about the illegal mass killings of stray animals in Sarajevo as well as in other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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HOW TO HELP

Find the Bosnia-Herzegovina Embassy in your own country:
http://embassy-finder.com/bosnia-and-herzegovina_embassies

Note: it is effective to write to your MEP and the Bosnia-Herzegovina Embassy in your own country in addition to your country’s representative in Bosnia:

Find your Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina:
http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/bosnia-and-herzegovina

Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal Dog Catchers
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“DOG-CATCHERS” OF SARAJEVO CAUGHT IN ACTION!

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2014: What is happening to the strays of Bosnia Herzegovin
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DONATIONS

Funds are needed to help individual rescues, for spay-neuter projects, for education also to continue advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

Donations are managed by AWABosnia, an independent group of animal advocates. On their website, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Even just one dollar or one euro will help make a difference.

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal Dog Catchers

13425_10206975866062246_592115921099283898_nWritten by Dalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist, Breza, BiH

Demonstrations against illegal dog catchers of P. C. „Lokom“ Ltd. Novi Grad Sarajevo were held in front of the headquarters of the Municipality of Novi Grad Sarajevo on 4th April between 1 p. m. until 3 p.m.

905635_10206346154509744_1696487428343895730_oMore than 300 activists, rescuers and citizens were present during the demonstrations. Journalists followed the demonstrations and have published the demands of rescuers and citizens.

The aim of the demonstration was to express displeasure at the illegal and criminal activities of dog catchers who have been killing stray dogs and stealing money from the budget in Canton Sarajevo for two years.

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 18.58.49A notorious and illegal group of dog catchers was established in the municipality of Novi Grad Sarajevo on 30th May of 2013. This so-called “Hygienic service” was not established and registered in accordance with the article 29 of Animal Protection and Welfare Act as well as Ordinance on establishing and conditions that hygienic services must fulfil. Since then, thousands of stray dogs have been killed in Sarajevo. The worst thing is that they have the support of the Inspectorate of Veterinary Inspection of Canton Sarajevo and the Administration of Police of Canton Sarajevo. The paradox is that the veterinary inspection and the police, who are obliged to stop and punish illegal dog catchers, support them and protect their illegal activities. Stray dogs, which are caught by dog catchers, are placed in former military building “Safet Zajko” in Sarajevo. Mustafa Mrkulic, a veterinarian, dispatches the dogs in the veterinary station that is established and owned by the municipality of Novi Grad Sarajevo.

11082172_10206346149069608_2637712411424882302_oThis illegal hygienic service invoices food, medications, veterinary services, placement, fuel, catching for dead dogs. Evidence for this was presented to Bosnian police officers and prosecutors. The Prosecutor’s office of Canton Sarajevo has started investigating allegations and evidences that Dalida Kozlic had presented in many criminal reports against illegal dog catchers. It is one of the worst violations of the Criminal Code in Bosnian history.

11046702_10205214142066739_7120927950346993881_oDuring the demonstrations citizens have demanded that authorities implement the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which would lead to solving of the problem of stray animals in a humane and legal way.

The Bosnian Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals is one of the best in Europe but no one is interested in implementing it. Corrupt authorities are often involved in illegal killing of stray and wild animals in their money laundering activities. Stray animals are victims of notorious torture. Politically eligible persons construct so-called shelters for stray animals, which are essentially concentration camps, and they invoice false spay/neuter programs, for food that is never be given to animals, for veterinary examinations and treatment, and at the 11127895_10206346154949755_7968429758550294265_oend for the means for euthanasia. In reality, the stray animals are tortured, and killed in worst possible ways, by methods which the medieval Inquisition would be envious. It is illegal and represents a series of violations of Criminal law as well as Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Also the demonstrations were symbolic because the 4th April is the International day of stray animals. Many citizens brought pictures and candles for all stray dogs that have been killed by illegal dog catchers.

See also: Sarajevo: Dogs Have the Right to Live on Journalists for Animals

News articles on BiH portals:
Sarajevo: Ispred Općine Novi Grad protest protiv nelegalnog ubijanja pasa
Sarajevo: Protest protiv ubijanja pasa

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Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:

Former Military Base in Sarajevo involved in dog killing?
“DOG-CATCHERS” OF SARAJEVO CAUGHT IN ACTION!

AUTHORISED SLAUGHTER OF DOGS IN SARAJEVO

2014: What is happening to the strays of Bosnia Herzegovin
a?
Animal Advocates Assaulted in Sarajevo

Bosnia: Let’s Respect Animals and their Right to Life

Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?

The “Aggressive” Dogs of Sarajevo
The Campaign Begins With a Slaughter: You will kill the dogs, but what will you do with the beasts?
Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy
Stop the Killing of Strays in Sarajevo
Bosnia: Sarajevo set to become the next Bucharest
BOSNIA: kill and slaughter until the dog is no more…
Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!
ANTI KILL-LAW FIGHT – NOW WHAT?

_____________________________________________

DONATIONS

Funds are needed to help individual rescues, for spay-neuter projects, for education also to continue advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

Donations are managed by AWABosnia, an independent group of animal advocates. On their website, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

paypal_banner

Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

______________________________________________

This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Even just one dollar or one euro will help make a difference.