First the good. Jenny is doing much better. She is still very sick. Tests that could confirm she has distemper are not currently available in Sarajevo. But, with or without tests, distemper is only treated symptomatically and it is most likely this is what she has. The veterinarian’s conclusion was that Jenny would be fine had the owner of the ‘pension’ given her (and the Hreša puppies) adequate food. (If you don’t know the story of Hreša, here it is: Part One - Part Two - Part Three)
She was first taken care of by Jelena and her partner, Danijel, with IV fluids and medication and high quality food. Apparently she particularly liked salami, however! Then she went to King Pension where she could get more intensive treatment.
Now the bad news. This weekend Jelena was telephoned late at night about gunshots and a dog squealing in an area of Sarajevo. She immediately went to investigate what was happening – with Milena Malesevic in Adnan Smailbegovic, two animal activist volunteers. But they could find nothing.
However this is what was found later:
The dog had two gunshot wounds and a torn anus. I’m sorry to show these photographs and I am weeping as I write this but it is the reality of dog abuse in Bosnia.
The dog was a stray known to locals but apparently was taken to an area outside of the dog’s territory to be tortured and then killed. I have had no word of any action taken by the police. Dog shooting is commonplace in the country, in fact men are hired to kill dogs. It is very unlikely anything will be done to find out who did this appalling thing to this poor dog.
Update: apparently police have said posters will be put up about this dog to find out more. But as those who took the photographs told me: “in Bosnia, the police do not care for the dogs, too, daily is found dead, shot dogs.“
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