Our Beautiful Dogs are Sick!

13226_10200761318098096_1850785248_nSome (more) bad news this week. Three of the dogs we are trying to find homes for are struggling to get well.

These three dogs, Gizmo, Coko (once called Paco) and Beauty (once called Blacky), are siblings and all were rescued as young puppies from a garbage bin last year. They all had demodex (mange), and they are amongst the few survivors of a bad outbreak of canine parvovirus. (To read more 313345_10200761331538432_1954726762_nabout this outbreak, go here, and here and the final instalment is here.)

Because of their depressed immune systems and the long-term demodex treatment, they have manifested a worsening of their skin condition. We believe this is an allergic response to and immune lowering effect of the medications for demodex, which have been stopped. There may also be a genetic component as our other dogs who have the same history (demodex, canine parvovirus) are doing well.

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We knew they were still unwell, but were shocked to see just how bad they are now. We’ve been told their condition worsened very rapidly.

We are doing all we can to bring the dogs back to health and are looking for donations towards specialist vet care and immune boosting supplements that are not available in Bosnia, for example Avipro Plus, made by Vetark, only available in the UK, or Dr. Mercola Pet Probiotics, available in the USA. If you can help, please see below.

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Gizmo, Beauty and Coko when they were younger and the skin condition was not so bad… and now:

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UPDATE March 7 2013 – a scratch test was done and the dogs still have demodex. I have contacted World Veterinary Service in the UK and they will donate prescription medications. However we have been advised by vets that the dogs will probably not get better unless they have a home environment. Good food, supplements and medication can help, but ultimately these dogs need to be found caring forever homes! Demodex is NOT contagious. Please, if you think you can foster or home Coko, Beauty or Gizmo in the UK ( or Germany ) please let us know.

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 20 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.

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Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

549354_4326621764291_140681260_nThis week in Hadžići near Sarajevo, a young stray dog was brutally murdered, his decapitated body left on the ground. It appears that the dog was beaten and tortured with acid and water. The head was left as a ‘trophy’.
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News report here, translation:

422579_10200730332483475_1954580101_nAfter the photos appeared on the Internet of the head of the dog, animal rights activists went to the scene and found a horrible sight. Headless corpse of a dog was lying abandoned on the ground. Among the activists was Jelena Paunović, vice president of “Život“, who appealed for the discovery and punishment of the perpetrators of this heinous act. “This is another in a series of heinous crimes of abandoned animals. Animal rights activists are daily witnesses to violations of Bosnian animal welfare law. violence against animals is just one step away from violence against people. When someone who is considered ‘normal’ uses a sharp object to behead a three-month puppy and then leaves the body and the head as a trophy, it remains only to wonder what this man tomorrow might do to a child. We have reported the incident to the Hadžići police and hope that in this case, the offender will be punished,” said Paunović for the portal Klix.ba.

554150_10200730329043389_796843319_nDogs are routinely brutalised in Bosnia-Herzegovina and found with horrific injuries  – see the recent post It just doesn’t stop…. Sarajevo, and of course the story of Vučko, whose torture by firecracker was never brought to justice.

What can be done? It seems that the police are not interested in investigating such crimes. The general view about dogs in this country is very poor and the fact that there is such a terrible problem with strays does not help. Ultimately there needs to be a concerted effort by the government to instigate humane dog control programs and public education about responsible dog ownership and the humane treatment of all animals.

In the meantime funds are needed to care for advocacy work and to care for injured animals. We are also sponsoring 23 rescued strays in ‘pension’ and funds are desperately needed to keep these beautiful dogs safe off the street – and safe from people who want to hurt them –  until we find caring forever homes.

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 23 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.

 

Some good news for a change, Loppy and Billy are home!

149462_10200649007490401_1665234292_nTwo dogs rescued last year from the streets of Sarajevo have made it overland via Hungary to their forever homes in England. They arrived on the 10th of February and are settling in beautifully.

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loppy3If you have been reading this blog you will remember the story of Loppy, found in Sarajevo by Ismir Musić last September. He’d found several dogs including a mother dog and her puppies in an abandoned yard near his home. One of the puppies was very weak and died shortly afterwards. Ismir tried to keep the others safe and with funds raised he provided food for the dogs. Unfortunately some of the dogs – including the mother and her remaining puppies – disappeared and it is possible some of the dogs died due to an outbreak of canine parvovirus. But Loppy stayed in the area, and survived the outbreak. Ismir was able to keep an eye on him.

561879_503777669632514_794692054_nSheila Prestwich in Essex, England, found out about the situation from one of our Facebook groups and she took Loppy to her heart and committed to adopting him. With help from other donators Loppy was taken to King Pension in Sarajevo where he was given a full veterinary check up and all his vaccinations. Sheila fundraised for several months for his care in this pension and for Loppy’s eventual travel to England and now Loppy is finally with her, where he has plenty of playmates – Sheila’s two boys Jake (13 yrs) and Alfie (4 yrs), Supie the cocker spaniel and Chocolate their hamster.  Loppy has never lived in someone’s house, but he’s adapting well and with Sheila’s love and dedication is already learning how to be housetrained.

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Loppy’s first meal at Sheila’s: a roast chicken dinner

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Sheila driving Loppy home 

Billy

CardogmainBilly was first seen at the end of November last year, see our blog post: A Day in the Life of an Animal Activist in Sarajevo.

Jelena Paunović was searching for a dog who had been sighted with a terrible injury: his lower jaw shot off. Sadly the dog was only found days later and by then it was too late, he had died. But while Jelena was looking she did as she always does: feed strays. A beautiful labrador type dog climbed into the car window and didn’t want to leave. She had to let him go, but Julie Henretty from Gloucestershire saw his photo on the blog and read his story and felt she had to do something for a dog who seemed to be determined to be rescued.

cardogmainmainmainJulie contacted us and ‘Billy’ was found a few days later and taken to Ensar’s pension where he was prepared for travel to England.

Billy and Loppy travelled together, driven overland from Sarajevo to the Hungarian border by Jelena and Ensar, and from there taken to England by a friend. It seems probably Billy was deliberately abandoned by someone, as he is so friendly with people.

He is young, very energetic and and doing very well at Julie’s.  He loves racing round in the snow throwing his tug toy up in the air and catching it. He has had his neutering operation on Tuesday, and is booked in for his first obedience class tomorrow.

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If you think you can adopt or sponsor a rescue from Bosnia-Herzegovina, then please visit our sister website http://awabosnia.org. Here you will see photographs and details of a number of animals desperately needing homes. We have arranged transport from Sarajevo to the UK which can proceed as soon as 10 dogs are approved for adoption. Countries other than the UK can also be considered. Please contact us for information.

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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.

It just doesn’t stop…. Sarajevo

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after1opThis beautiful dog was found on the 11th of February in a town called Goražde. Her left hind paw missing – an old amputation or wound. She also had a very deep and infected gash in her front left paw. She was rescued and named Goraždanka. It is not known how she came to be in this condition, perhaps the recent injuries are from a car accident. The veterinary examination showed that the hind wound was so badly infected it required further amputation. This surgery was completed, and tomorrow Goraždanka will have surgery on her front paw. We hope she will not have to have it amputated too. We have already raised some 300 euros for her treatment and stay in ‘pension.’

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382179_10200611375069496_1302331112_nThis lovely dog above was found in a horrific condition, with a deep, open wound to her stomach. She also has several fractures in her rear right paw. She laid helplessly on the street for some hours before animal activists were called to help her. She was immediately taken to the vet where her wound was stitched up and one of her teats amputated.  She is apparently a very sweet natured dog and it was “as if she introduced herself to us, her tail wagging,” said her rescuers. The vet believes the dog had very recently given birth, perhaps just a couple of days ago. Her puppies could not be found. Again, we don’t know what happened to this poor dog.

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Another awful leg injury: this dog was found today. The wound is estimated to be ten days old. The infection has moved into the bone and the vet will have to amputate the whole leg. Once again, we don’t know what happened. It’s possible this is the same stray dog that was photographed last year in one of the markets of Sarajevo:
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I will have some better news in the next post, I promise.

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to 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.

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.

Dogs versus the people? A Bosnian dilemma

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Translation of an article and interview with Jelena Paunović on Bosanka.net (14.01.2013):

Dogs in BiH and the people fighting for them: The sole blame for everything that is happening is because of the lack of connection in the system and poor governance

Author: Hana Kazazović

The occasion for this interview and a few articles that will follow are the media reports reactions of political parties which use the story of stray dogs to gain political points. Honestly – I am a little sick of it. So I read with great interest the text Jelena Paunovic published on protest.ba – Dogs are victims of human actions.  On that subject I recognized in her a person with whom I can do something that was on my mind for a long time. And that is a series of articles about animals, their problems in BiH, solutions to some problems, etc. (the list of topics can be found at the end of the text).

I have been following Jelena for some time over the Internet – Facebook, portals, etc. The reason why she caught my eye and what exactly separates her from the large number of others who also generously help animals is exactly the way she operates. Everything is transparent and with a high degree of professionalism. Only she has a web page with announcements in English, constant and thorough communication on all activities carried out and ways of collecting funds that have a level and are not the usual begging that is generally seen in others. I think anyone could learn a lot from her, no matter what they are doing.

Basically, to begin with, there is this interview where we talk about the currently most pressing subjects, and from which I am sure you can get a realistic picture of what the real issues in BiH are – for people and dogs.

Tell me something about yourself. What I do know is that you have been caring and helping animals for a long time. Since when have you been doing this, how did you start, are you doing anything else besides that?

jelena2I was born in Sarajevo 27 years ago.  I write actively but I do not have a permanent job. I finished high school, studied literature and journalism. I also completed a number of courses within programs of informal education. Finding employment in Bosnia is next to impossible.

When people ask me why I am involved in protection of animals, I believe you can choose to drink coffee all day with your friends or do something good and useful for the benefit of your community.  I chose the second option.

Although my whole life I have really been engaged in the NGO sector, in the end I decided to help animals. I have had a dog or cat as long as I can remember.

Throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina the state of animals is disastrous. A huge number of cities have no accommodation, asylum or shelters and a large number of dogs and cats are in the street. Is the law is to blame for this?

ArkaIt’s not so much that the state of the animals is disastrous but rather the country is disastrous. I don’t know how BiH functions as a country. There is no consideration of the laws implemented and their consequences. The animals have no voice in this. There is well orchestrated propaganda for the purpose of their own interests. People who work against us are not for a legal or democratic country. 

Thanks to what the government creates and publishes in their media, people have the impression that the construction of dog shelters will solve the problem. Shelters, however, are only one link in the chain of problem solving. Our biggest problem actually is irresponsible ownership. In our country, anyone can leave a dog wherever they want and not be punished. Sarajevo has a large number of formally owned purebred dogs. Also, the issue of rural areas is rarely mentioned. When a farmer has a female dog, it’s normal for him that she constantly breeds and he then brings puppies to urban settlements. The problem of dogs in the Sarajevo neighborhood of Vraca is huge. There, people in the RS, when they accumulate a lot of dogs, drive over with a van full of dogs, leave and dump them. Then, local and new dogs fight over territory, and the media reports about “aggressive” dogs.

Under the applicable law, all municipalities are required to create local dog shelters within one year of the entry of this law. Canton Sarajevo has opened its first official asylum just last year.

This is actually a series of failures. In Sarajevo, no one has paid the penalty for animal cruelty yet, and they have thrown firecrackers in dog’s mouth, lit them, sprinkled acid and boiling oil, cut paws, raped, and other atrocities. When you call the police, most police officers do not even know what to do exactly in such cases. Few are familiar with the Criminal Code of FBiH.

The blame for what is happening lies in the lack of connection in the system and poor governance.

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My assessment is that there are five groups of people in Bosnia: 1, Those who love animals and help them actively 2, Those who love animals or are indifferent to them (they do not bother them, and do not touch them, do not help nor hinder) 3, Those who are afraid of animals, primarily dogs 4,Those who do not love them and are advocating their extermination and 5, Those who do not love them and harass them, but poison and kill them. Do you agree with this?

523269_10200460462296889_1693171137_nIn my opinion, we have: activists divided into several groups: one group helps dogs only (and are unable to see the problem in its entirety), others help dogs, but also deal with legislation, lawsuits, lobbying in political circles, the third help dogs, doing all the second group is doing, but also deal with the media. I’m in the third category. People not engaged in activism in this manner I would divide into the intellectual elite (very few of them!). Then there is the majority which fall under the influence of propaganda (the story that says “giving money to dogs while the people go hungry!”), those who nonetheless love and feed their neighborhood strays and have a good heart. Finally, there are those who live in their own world and do not see what is going on.

Unfortunately, the majority of people are under the influence of propaganda which is not surprising. Politicians use the media so when they no longer have any valid arguments, they win elections with the help of dogs, and the people, whom are poor and hungry and forget where they’re living instead of discussing the low standard of living (if it can even be called such) to just talk about dogs. If people had a job and we were living in a normal country, everything I have stated would not be a problem and everyone would be thinking about where to vacation and not whether tomorrow they will be able to buy bread and “how to kill all the dogs “.

How critical is the situation? And what is the most critical thing in BiH regarding this issue – the fact that a large number of animals are left to fend for themselves and the people who help them on the streets, or that there is no will, desire and knowledge necessary to solve this problem?

mainThe situation with the dogs is critical to the same extent as is the situation with maniacs, thieves, pedophiles, violation of basic human rights etc. If people speak out publicly on the issue of abandoned animals, I wonder if everyone would also rebel against the fact that prisons are overbooked subsequently allowing prisoners to walk free.

If the laws were implemented we could be a civilized country but this is not the case with us. And it certainly is not about whether RS should secede, start a Croatian TV channel, etc. If we hadn’t allowed politics to destroy our life, we might have respect of animals. Dogs are the problem of society regardless of dog shelters. In my humble opinion, in terms of solving this problem, nothing has been done so that politicians would fight for this cause.


In Zenica, there is no dog shelter. For the last 4 years since the Law has been adopted, the Municipality still hasn’t found the will to construct a shelter for animals, so all the animals that are saved in this city are actually saved by individuals organized in the association Paws or independently. In Sarajevo, there are several shelters, but there are big problems. Why hasn’t the situation improved in Sarajevo?

6104_10200278058576910_757209715_nI am not familiar with all activities of “Paws”, but I know that they do a lot of work in terms of spay and neuter programs Zenica. I believe in “Paws” and its activists and if I can help-I am here. I know how hard it is to fight for anything in this country, so I wish luck to colleagues from Zenica to persevere in what they do.

As far as Sarajevo shelters are concerned, as I said, people think that it will solve the problem which is far from the truth … Shelters are only one link in the chain. We need education, responsible ownership, honest media, adoption of abandoned dogs and regular enforcement of castration and sterilization funded by the appropriate municipalities.

What are your activities – how do you help animals and do you have a record of how many you have saved?

When I was about seven years old, I received a gift from a neighbor: a cat which I named Lula. Lula was the best and the most beautiful kitty in the world! When she was seven years old, a monster put her in a sack which he violently struck with a pole until he thought she was dead. Lula came back to my house and her heart stopped beating on the mat at the front door, where I found her that horrible morning.

Another animal that marked my childhood was a dog Zarko. He was a very smart country dog that I found in the village where I spent part of my childhood. When he began to bother the local priest, the maniac pushed him into a septic tank in which Zarko drowned.

Everything I’ve ever done later, I did with the goal to avenge each and every Zarko and Lulu. The exact number of animals that I helped is unknown to me, but I know that I certainly would not have achieved this much without the support of activists from Bosnia and abroad. Thank heavens for them!

What is your usual day like? I assume you have a certain number of animals under your care every day?

streetdogsAfter morning coffee and a walk with my three adopted dogs, my day is mainly determined by writing in the daily newspapers, portals and postings on social networks. No matter how many commitments I already have planned, I never know what might “hit me” when I wake up in the morning.

The activists of the association “Zivot” (“Life”) whose PR I am, currently have 50 dogs in pensions and feed a few hundred on the streets. As all of this is expensive, some of us collect donations for the payment of pensions, veterinarians, and transportation every day. Animals housed in pensions are visited and photographed; we publish their stories, and try to find them temporary and permanent homes.

Most people have very loud and very negative reactions to the fact that “we pay for mutts”! What they do not know is that we collect the money to pay for our “mutts” through social networks, that hundreds or thousands of people from home and abroad are involved in all this, and that eventually all the money is given to people who take care of the dogs. Some of these people have pensions and for a minimal fee, take care of the dogs, while the other category of people agree on keeping a dog on private property for a fee because some of them are not able to work with a university degree due to the economy.  It is time that everyone understands that, when it is about dogs, it’s always as twice (at least!) about people.

You perform a large number of activities and actions with the help of the internet and social networks. As I have seen the largest number of animals is saved thanks to help from abroad. You have a website which is in English. Do the people who live there have more feelings for animals or more money to help? And is it true that foreigners will adopt as many dogs and cats that are brought to them (and we often hear such stories here, that’s why I ask)? And how do you comment on the story that appeared the other day – the greatest number of animals from our area end up in laboratories?

46249_10200122762454604_506234041_nIf it was not for the Internet, we would not be here.  Without the help of people from all over the world, specifically my association would not be able to take care of such a large number of dogs and give salaries to people who do not have jobs and take care of these dogs! Bosnia is a country of desperate people and dogs. After years of explaining to people abroad, they now have realized this. It is not uncommon to form associations and foundations in European countries or even in America to help our abandoned animals in BiH.

Thanks to my, for now, online Facebook friend Sandra, hundreds of animals were rescued in Bosnia.

Thanks to politics and the stupidity of our people, I often feel tempted to post of all my future announcements regarding abandoned animals in English.

As far as smuggling dogs goes, the media tends to write all sorts of things based on unverified information from the Internet. If someone sees that some dog “costs” 200 EUR on a German site, you’ll have the title “Dog from Bosnia is being sold for 200 EUR.” However, in civilized countries, there is something called the “adoption fee” and this represents payment for adopting a dog. If we know the dog is six months old, was completely processed by a veterinary and that it’s healthy, for two months, at a dog shelter, this sum will be charged to the foster parent so the same shleter can cover the costs of the dog and that they have the money to take care of the next animal. In particular, Germany has a problem with old dogs in shelters, therefore our young, happy and playful dogs are easier to adopt. Reportage on “Where dogs from Serbia end up in” was filmed by RTS.

zossybetter2Recently, I was in Ankara. The reason for my trip was to take our tortured kitten Zossy, who was found with injuries in Zmajevac to Turkey so she could continue her trip towards a permanent home in Las Vegas. All travel expenses were paid by virtually the entire world by donating money via ChipIn. Zossy is now one happy kitten living in the USA!

Smuggling of animals definitely exists, but I’m not familiar with that. You should contact the Border Service and the competent veterinary institutions issuing EU certificates.  I have housed only two dogs in Slovenia and receive regular information about them.

What is the solution? How to solve these problems in BiH to everyone’s satisfaction – animals, but also people who are afraid of dogs? How would you solve it if you were given that kind of power?

If it was personally up to me, I would first establish a country: construct prisons put the criminals there, use the natural resources, build factories, hire people, increase pensions, child allowances and maternity benefits, improve conditions in hospitals, and nurseries. I would place juvenile delinquents in educational institutions and introduce a strict criteria for admission to the university, undertake a very rigorous review of teachers at all levels … In parallel I would fight for all formally unemployed animal rights activists to be employed in the shelters where there should be no kinship ties, bribery and corruption. Giving a proper pension to the aging population would also be one of the top priorities. And finally, remember that the poor dogs are not to be blamed for the state in which they are. Our so called country is to blame for the situation of unprotected and defenseless people and dogs.

Jelena

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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.

 

Horror Shelter in Hreša PART SEVEN

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Three other Mayors of municipalities in Sarajevo City have given support to Ibrahim Hadzibajric at a meeting regarding the agreement Hadzibajric signed with Hreša.

All mayors think that the animal welfare law should be changed since they think that in its existing form the law cannot be implemented. Municipalities have invested time and significant funds trying to comply with the law requirements and to implement the law but results have not been adequate. The mayors agreed that the law should be changed in accordance with good/positive experiences of other European countries.”

The news and the mayors don’t, of course, directly say anything about the fact that one reason to have the agreement with Hreša is because Hreša is in Republika Srpska where it is legal to ‘euthanise’ dogs in shelters after 30 days.  Note that while the RS law states that dogs may be euthanized after the 30 day period expires (if dogs cannot be adopted from shelters within that period) not that the dogs must be euthanized after 30 days, I have been told by a trusted source that in many shelters even the 30 day period is usually not respected. Dogs are often killed on the day of arrival or few days later. The shelters mark them as sick or old or in pain to cover up killing a perfectly healthy dog.

Note also that ‘euthanasia’ is generally not any Western concept of “euthanasia”: clubbing, poisoning, shooting, starving and even just freezing them in industrial freezers.

Below are two Images from a dog “shelter” in Republika Srpska in the town of Bijeljina (not  Hreša). Conditions are terrible but we have heard that it is one of the rare places in Republika Srpska that respects the 30 days period as long as there are not too many dogs.

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Here is the earlier story of Hreša:  Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four – Part Five – Part Six

Also see my post on shelters in general in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia

HOW TO HELP
Please sign and share the following three petitions:

Demand Investigation into Horror Shelter in Hresa, Bosnia
Protect the stray dogs instead of killing them
Stop the slaughter of stray dogs in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Please join our Facebook groups for updates and for copies of letters to send to authorities:

Save the Hreša Dogs – http://www.facebook.com/HresaDogs
Animal Advocates for Bosnia –http://www.facebook.com/groups/AWAbosnia

See also, on this site : Action to Take

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to 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.

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.

Horror Shelter in Hreša PART SIX

Feb2

Animal welfare activists went to Hreša last night. The situation had not changed other than, as warned by the shelter manager, a high wire fence had been placed around the area. Activists counted 10 dogs in one small cage. But they could do nothing at this point and feared for their safety.

I have also heard from Dogs Trust UK that they are fully aware of the situation,  and have been in meetings with the SVO (State Veterinary Office) this week and will have further meetings with the municipality and the shelter itself. I will let you know if anything comes of these meetings.

Here is the earlier story of Hreša:  Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four Part Five.

Also see my post on shelters in general in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia

xxxOne of the dogs found last November. Activists were prevented from rescuing this dog and when they returned a day later they were told the dog was ‘euthanised.’

HOW TO HELP
Please sign and share the following three petitions:

Demand Investigation into Horror Shelter in Hresa, Bosnia
Protect the stray dogs instead of killing them
Stop the slaughter of stray dogs in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Please join our Facebook groups for updates and for copies of letters to send to authorities:

Save the Hreša Dogs – http://www.facebook.com/HresaDogs
Animal Advocates for Bosnia –http://www.facebook.com/groups/AWAbosnia

See also, on this site : Action to Take

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to 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.

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.

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 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.

______________________________________________

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.