This 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’.
News report here, translation:
After 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.
Dogs 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.
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.
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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.