Dog Abuse in Bosnia


starvingThis Brazilian Mastiff was found on Monday on the streets of Sarajevo. The dog is horrifically emaciated and dehydrated. We can only conjecture that the dog is in this condition because of deliberate neglect – thousands of stray dogs live on the streets of Sarajevo and rarely are they as emaciated as this. Arijana Ari, one of the animal welfare advocates in Sarajevo, has taken the dog in for veterinary care and placed him in a pension. Right now we don’t know if the dog will recover. If he does, the vet believes it will take at least 3 months before the dog is fully well again. Pension costs 90 euros a month. Funds have been raised for one month and the initial veterinary fee of 50 euros, but more is needed to make sure he is safe off the streets until fully recovered.

starving2mainUPDATE February 18, 2013: This Brazilian Mastiff is doing much, much better and will be adopted in Sweden in April!

Government sanction of killing strays is something I will be making a post about soon, but I just heard that this week in Cazin, northwest Bosnia and Herzegovina, numerous dogs were slaughtered by a hunting club. I am trying to find out more, but it is believed that the authorities of the municipality organised the hunt. The situation in Cazin Municipality has been going on for some time – there is a petition that was posted up over year ago about it, the petition is now closed and clearly the authorities have not done anything to improve the situation.  I apologise, but the photographs below are very disturbing.



UPDATE: January 24. I just got news of over14 dogs deliberately poisoned and killed last night in Sarajevo, Bosnia (outside FAMOS, Fabrika Motora Sarajevo, Sarajevo Motor Factory). Here is a link to the translation of the article on the incident, and here is the original article.


UPDATE: January 25. I have just heard of another poisoning of dogs this week in Sarajevo — about 15 dogs killed in an area called Mihrivode. There are about 6 dogs still alive and we are trying to get funds for food for them and to find out what happened to the other dogs.


Funds are needed not only fo help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 26 rescued dogs we are sponsoring but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

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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.


14 thoughts on “Dog Abuse in Bosnia

    • Obviously not. I wish that someone would do the same thing to them. How anybody could treat innocent animals that way is beyond me.

      “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.

      I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” Mahatma Gandhi

  1. This madness has got to stop Please ;(
    I was so upset about this
    These dogs don’t deserve this please find it in ur heart to stop this and help these cuties

    • i agree Tina, it brings me to tears to see these pictures but I still follow what is happening. I look at my own pets and realise just how precious they are to me. If only someone would educate these people, these poor things being slaughtered must have belonged to someone once. My heart hurts for these animals and have to remind myself they are no longer hungry, suffering or scared, just wish they didnt have to go out of this world this way because of ignorance.

  2. I am appalled and saddened. I can not believe that this is happening and am so sad that a “modern” society would condone such actions. I can only say that people in Famos, Sarajevo, Bosnia must be void of souls. Actually I can not call them people. They are sickos that as Susan says have no heart, conscience or humanity. There is no punishment that would be too harsh for these actions. Damn!! Jackie

  3. For as long as I live, will never support any bosnian product or bosnian anything> shame on the government for allowing and most likely being responsible for the killing, There’s more honor in one single dog, than any dog killer coward scum in bosnia

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