If anyone is in any doubt about the situation in Bosnia regarding stray dogs, then here is the story of little Lajla (“Layla” in English), who died last night.
One of the many freelance animal welfare volunteers was contacted a few days ago about an area of Sarajevo where stray dogs were being stoned, beaten using metal bars. A few times people heard gunshot. The volunteer went with others to the area and the dogs had disappeared except for this little puppy who was hiding near abandoned houses. They managed to catch her. They named the puppy Layla. Layla was terrified, extremely thin and could hardly walk. She refused to eat or drink – they tried everything. She was either dehydrated or her bowels had ceased to function through lack of food. The dog was refused veterinary help as the volunteers did not have money to pay immediately.
The dog was taken to one of the volunteer’s homes, and the following day she ate a few pieces of meat and drank a little water but she could still barely walk. And then she began to cry and didn’t stop. People started to rally on Facebook, trying to find funds to take Layla to the vet. But she could not hold on any longer, she died last night.
If you would like to be an ’emergency’ relief person who can be contacted if a similar situation arises, providing funds for a veterinary examination and immediate care, please contact me. The cost of a basic examination and some immediate care is anything from 10 – 100 Euros.
For Layla, may you rest in peace.
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. You can donate via PayPal and I would then transfer the money to Bosnia. I can also give you the PayPal email address of my Bosnian animal welfare contacts if you prefer. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.