Very Special Dog Needs Very Special Home!

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Endy was found on the streets of Sarajevo with distemper. She was put into pension and treated, and she survived. But poor Endy was such a fearful and timid dog, she hardly came out of her pen. Who knows what suffering she experienced before she was rescued. Jelena feared there might be no possibility of a life for her at all.

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So we placed Endy at King Pension and with Almir Kuduz help Endy is slowly gaining confidence. However she really, really needs a loving home, someone to love and care for her and to continue the good work Almir has done.
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Almir says:

“She is not even close to the dog I took with me some time ago, and she is still far away from lap dog (I hope you understand what I mean). What Endy need is 1:1 relation. All success and progress I’ve made with her was achieved while she was with me, inside my house. Therefore I am almost sure she will continue with that progress once she can establish that same relation with her adopters. I can not guarantee that she will ever reach that point to jump into someone’s lap or roll over in front of someone, but it is possible too. All she need is experienced owner with lot of time for her and even more patience. The rest is up to two of them.

The most important is – not to give up on her. She is just one scared soul. Nothing more…. but she really needs love and attention.”

Our group, AWAB, Animal Welfare Activists for Bosnia, have a transport from Bosnia to the UK, set for June. A very generous sponsor has donated the cost of Endy’s travel expenses. Endy deserves to be on this transport and on her way to a forever home. The transport can do drop-offs enroute.

Please contact us if you feel you are the right home for lovely Endy: info@awabosnia.org

There are still 12 rescued dogs who haven’t had anyone ask about them, or offer them home, and Endy is amongst these 12. You can find the full list on the AWAB website.

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Please also consider fostering. This would provide a dog with a safe and caring home environment (far superior to that of a Bosnian pension) as well as providing the dog with house-training, human/animal contact and getting the dog used to a new domestic environment. It would also offer the opportunity of the dog finding a forever home locally! Through fundraising, we would provide both the food and pet insurance (including public liability) for the dog while it’s in the foster home. In addition AWAB would continue to collaborate with the fosterer to promote the adoption of the dog.

Another way to help is to sponsor a place on the transport. The cost is about £245 or 300 euros. If you think you could help, please contact us at info@awabosnia.org.

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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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Please help Betty and her sister Lady find a forever home!

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Betty and Lady were found as very young puppies with their sisters in Sarajevo, in the middle of nowhere. They were all rescued and put into pension. Unfortunately there was an outbreak of canine parvovirus and five dogs out of thirteen died. It was a terrible time.

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But Betty and Lady survived. Because of their lowered immune system, both then caught a mild case of demodex, but were able to heal and are doing much better now. Betty is gentle, lively, an ‘ideal’ dog, she’s been described! Lady is a little more dominant, very playful and cuddly. They know how to walk on a leash, love people and just love to play. They have spent all their lives in pension (kennels), so we really need to find them that perfect home where they can get the comforts and cuddles they deserve.

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Both are medium sized dogs, about a year old, a collie-mix, black and golden coloured with thick coats.

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Our group, AWAB, Animal Welfare Activists for Bosnia, have a transport from Bosnia to the UK, set for June. There are still 12 rescued dogs who haven’t had anyone ask about them, or offer them home, and Betty and Lady are amongst these 12. You can find the full list on the AWAB website.
580352_4689308953485_1958183100_n Please also consider fostering. This would provide a dog with a safe and caring home environment (far superior to that of a Bosnian pension) as well as providing the dog with house-training, human/animal contact and getting the dog used to a new domestic environment. It would also offer the opportunity of the dog finding a forever home locally! Through fundraising, we would provide both the food and pet insurance (including public liability) for the dog while it’s in the foster home. In addition AWAB would continue to collaborate with the fosterer to promote the adoption of the dog.

Another way to help is to sponsor a place on the transport. The cost is about £245 or 300 euros. If you think you could help, please contact us at info@awabosnia.org.

bothLady and her sister Betty. Can you help them find a home? 

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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.

 

Mass Graves Found Near Dog “Shelter”

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The following is a translation of an article published yesterday on Bh-News.com:

Four mass graves have been found around Praca shelter 
The NGO Iskra has made a statement at a press-conference yesterday.

In the last seven days, dog shelter Prača has been in the media focus once again and all because of the incident which took place at the shelter’s premises, betwen Amela Turalić, the Shelter’s director and the members of the NGO Iskra.

Due to this event, the NGO Iskra has made a press conference which we are now presenting in full. The press release is signed by Elmedina Devlić, the president of the NGO Iskra.

“In this manner we would like to make some clarifications and to shed some light upon the situation which developed and is in the media frenzy during these last six days, along with putting a stop to the spread of vicious lies and rumours spread by the Shelter’s director Amela Turalić against our family, our NGO and the Shelter.

Her statements are unsubstantiated and undocumented but nevertheless have been published in a variety of media coverage. We will most certainly be filing a lawsuit against her, but at this moment it’s much more important to shed some light upon her work at the Shelter and to explain the exact reasons which lead us to react in the manner to stop the endless catastrophic situation in this Shelter from continuing.

The truth is that the company “Murai Komerc” (one of three owners and the investor of Prača Shelter) is the legal and responsible entity for the shelter from the day the shelter opened until to this day. The company hired Miss Amela Turalić to be the Shelter’s director and manager and has given her the responsibility to take care of the Shelter’s premises and the welfare of all dogs that are brought there. as the co-owners of the Shelter (a signed copy of this Agreement has been attached to this press release) and as the NGO which signed the contract with the “Murai Komerc” company (a signed copy of this Contract has also been attached to this press release), have been warned by the Shelter’s workers on numerous occasions of various irregularities conducted at the Shelter by its director Amela Turalić.

We have tried to talk to the director and perhaps get some clear insight into all those stories, but Turalić wouldn’t answer our phone calls nor was she every willing to arrange a meeting to see us.

On April 15th 2013, we came in front of the Shelter’s premises, so we could once again try and clarify with the director these irregularities, but after seeing us she quickly phoned the police and started yelling and screaming at us. When the police came, we showed them our documentation which states that we are the co-owners of this Shelter and have a legal right to be here and the director Amela Turalić was escorted by the police out of the Shelter (there is a written report at the Police Department of Prača).

As Shelter’s legal co-owners, we have then decided to make a comprehensive inquiry of the work done by the Shelter’s director, which later showed:

1. In the Shelter and around it, there are 4 mass graves each of them containing around 30-170 corpses of dogs (this information was provided by the Shelter’s workers). There are also 1-5 smaller mass graves shattered across the forest situated down the road which leads to Gorazde. The dog-corpses were also thrown into holes near the river so we can’t say with certainty just how many corpses are left there, nor from exactly what type of diseases the dogs died from and what consequences will this all have on the water and overall environment. With this act, the director violated the Federal Environmental Law of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Acts 11, 18, 104 and numerous others acts from this and other Laws.

2. None of the dog-corpses possess any medical/veterinarian documentation, no history of health, the way in which he/she died, an obligatory blood test (because the animals are buried at the Shelter’s premises), and pose as a serious health threat to all other animals and humans in the Shelter as well as the human and animal population surrounding the Shelter, violating directly all State and Federal Veterinary Laws.

3. In the Shelter’s cold storage facility, we found 5 tons of rotten food which was meant to be used to feed the dogs.

4. In one of the Shelter’s rooms we also found a broad range of chocolate cookies which were meant to be used as dog food.

5. They have spayed/neutered puppies of 2 months of age.

6. The wounds of other spayed dogs are infected.

7. Due to the fact that the Shelter was taking more dogs than they can handle or feed, the dogs would usually kill other dogs and eventually eat the rotten dog corpses.

8. According to various testimonies from the locals living in this area or near it, the vast majority of the dogs were set loose from the Shelter and started attacking their livestock or were shot down by the local hunters in the forests ( the surrounding area of the Shelter is a legal hunting area of wild game).

9. The director Amela Turalić has forbidden the entrance of any “unsuitable” Animal Welfare organizations which were not privately associated with her or close to her.

10. The “Murai Komerc” Company is the investor and the owner of the constructed facility which takes the rent from the Canton Sarajevo, the City of Sarajevo and various other Municipalities . The Company is therefore the responsible but is not the owner of the dogs there nor of the numerous donations which came for the dogs from ordinary foreign or domestic citizens. No one, not even the Shelter’s co-owners nor the various NGOs were allowed to see the Shelter’s documentation, work, donations, bank accounts, cash-register or any other documentation.

11. In the night of April 17th 2013, the director Amela Turalić came back to the Shelter and took away all the donated drugs and medication.

We also must state that from the streets of Sarajevo Canton,  an estimated 1.500 dogs were brought into the Shelter Prača.

According to the Shelter’s director Amela Turalić, around 500 dogs are at the Shelter and 150 dogs have been adopted (for those adopted dogs we have not found any details or documentation or any other info to whom and where were any of them adopted), this means that around 850 or more dogs are scattered around the forests and in these mass graves. During our visits at the Shelter, the police have been informed of this misconduct as well as the Municipality and the veterinary inspection (Edin Alagic, the Veterinary Inspector) and they have all made reports of the situation at and around the Shelter.

We therefore ask the relevant institutions and NGOs to help us making this Shelter a better place, with a normalized protocol and a much better director.”

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This is PART THREE of posts made about ‘Prihvatilište KS Prača’ in Sarajevo, commonly known as ‘Praca’. Part one and two below:
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend PART TWO

Please note that the situation regarding dog shelters in Bosnia is very complex. One cannot attribute blame to any single person for the shocking conditions and events that occur in these shelters. They are a part of a general problem occurring in Bosnia where many aspects of society are built on systems of corrupt values and the wrongdoings of many.

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Prača is a private shelter built by Murai Komerc (a construction company managed by Muris Alić) with contracts with Sarajevo municipalities to take in dogs from the street (on a per dog basis) and to provide them with appropriate care.

Murai Komerc claimed to invest around 750,000 Euros/1,000,000 USD (1,500,000.00 BAM) in building this shelter in March of 2011. It is our understanding that the shelter was never finished as planned, and that the building was highly unsuitable for the housing of dogs. In the current economic situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina this is a very large investment in a non-profit project which according to Bosnian laws does not provide any tax reduction.

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Muris Alic has recently been in the news stating he will have to close the shelter and return the dogs to the street as funds promised from municipal mayors (800,000 KM/400,000 Euros/500,000 USD) for the maintenance of the shelter not been paid.
(The following articles are in Serbo-Croatian: More than 500 dogs from a shelter will be back on the street / Asylum cannot wait for the first anniversary?)

60560_299540783510120_858622576_nAs quoted in my post last November, Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia, an animal advocate in northern Bosnia states: “Dog pounds are used to launder money from public budgets and they don’t want activists to poke around and witness how dogs are mistreated or abused at the dog pounds that they dare to call dog asylums/shelters. Population control and promotion of spaying and neutering as well as implementation of the animal welfare law is not in their interest because they want and need constant flow of new dogs through the dog pounds so that they can justify the funds spent each month from the budget. This is common knowledge.

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Please write to the Veterinary Inspector, asking that this shelter be thoroughly investigated and that remaining dogs there be given proper care according to the animal welfare laws of the country:

Director: Midhat Hadžiomerović, DVM
Address: ul. Maršala Tita 2, 73000 Goražde, BiH
Tel: ++ 387 38 228 639
Fax: ++ 387 38 228 641
e-mail: inspekcija@bpkg.gov.ba

NOTE  – this email does not seem to be working, although it is the correct one listed on the government website. We will try to find another and will update as soon as we can.

Related posts:
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia

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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.

 

Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend – PART TWO

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In March I made a post about the dog “shelter” called ‘Prihvatilište KS Prača’, commonly known as ‘Praca’. Please read the post: Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend.

The following is a translation of an article published yesterday on Protest.ba:
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A, GDJE JE AMELA? So, Where is Amela

bin2A group of animal welfare activists visited Praca dog shelter today. They visited the shelter after they had been asked to do so by locals and by Mrs. Elmedina Devlic, the wife of one of three co-owners of shelter. Both locals and the co-owners have had claims of their own about the bad management of the shelter, headed by the Director Amela Turalic. The locals claim that they are exposed to potential danger of dogs while the co-owners claim that dogs suffer because of the bad shelter management.

markedasspayedbutpregnantThe Situation in Praca shelter culminated four days ago when the shelter Director Amela Turalic wanted to spay a pregnant dog just two days before the dog gave birth, also only few days ago she allowed a three month old puppy to be neutered. As per her order the dogs were fed rotten innards and baby cookies. Despite many conversations and warnings, Amela never stopped doing things she saw fit,” explained Mrs. Elmedina Devlic.

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During today’s visit to Praca shelter, we found cold storage room where slaughterhouse leftovers are kept as well as baby cookies. Mrs. Devlic claims this is the only food that dogs are fed.

foodmess2Stench from the cold storage room can be smelt a mile away! Turalic was obviously thinking that rotten meat and biscuits with chocolate are “the best” food for dogs. Praca workers have claimed for many months that dog food collected at charity events mysteriously vanishes from the shelter. Fortunately, dogs are not hungry because of the efforts of a few of us good people make. However, it does not mean that someone’s arbitrariness should not end,” explained Devlic. 

563762_10201071314127803_1137708868_nWhile approaching the shelter, it is evident that many dogs are outside of the shelter confines. Locals, people who live in surrounding villages, complain that dogs are deliberately released from shelter. Such dogs scare children, slaughter sheep and then in the end are “dealt with” by hunters. A school van that provides transportation of children to school is located in front of the shelter. Parents are concerned about safety of their children.

525231_10201071343088527_1235264373_nIt’s no secret that Amela and her Italian volunteer Mara, deliberately set dogs free from the shelter. Municipal authorities get on average five to six reports about it from concerned locals every day. Had she done her job responsibly, all this would have never happened! Nobody hates dogs here, but they should stay at the shelter and not in settlement!

I fired Amela Turalic today and have banned her from ever entering the shelter again. I have the right to do so. According to the signed agreement,
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,” Mrs. Devlic categorically claimed.

Municipal authorities are outraged by the presence of stray dogs that roam freely in the nearby countryside, it is a problem and authorities appeal for a solution.


We tried to contact Amela Turalic but she did not answer our calls.

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Related News Articles (in Serbo-Croatian)
Director of Prača dog shelter fired, the dogs found in catastrophic conditions
Administrator Amela Turalić banned from entering the asylum Prača

Related posts:
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia

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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. 

 

Another Horror Shelter in Bosnia

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I have written about Gladno Polje Shelter in Sarajevo before, here:
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia.

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This shelter houses about 200 dogs, who live in appalling conditions due to lack of funding from the Municipality and Agricultural co-operative who started the shelter. Please read the above post for details of the conditions of the shelter.

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Essentially the workers in the shelter were given responsibility for the dogs on a minimal wage and without health insurance and so on, but no adequate fund to actually care for the dogs.

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Sanela Kotorić Etterle and Adnan Smailbegovic, who volunteered thousands of hours of their time right from the start of the shelter, and were employees of the Director (Almir Džanković) for a few months, have been banned from entry to Gladno Polje. Sanela Kotorić Etterle and Adnan Smailbegovic have been told by the Director of the shelter that they are “not needed.”

The Director has changed the locks on the doors and has not given anyone any adequate reason why he has banned them from even visiting the dogs they have cared for for so long.

dogsinboxOur group, Animal Advocates for Bosnia (AWAB) has raised funds for food and spay-neuter programmes at Gladno Polje and I know from personal experience that Sanela and Adnan have only ever had the dogs’ well-being in mind. Sanela has worked tirelessly, putting her home-life, her health, at stake, to try to help the dogs at this shelter.

Sanela constantly begged the Director for more support for the dogs. She says:

“I didn’t want to start any arguments or wars. I’ve been always the one who wanted peace and contacted the other side to negotiate, to discuss in a civilised manner everything. When myself and the Director would meet, the story was always the same : he always gave the same promises which were never fulfilled.

I never asked for money. I worked all this time to provide for those dogs everything they might need. All I asked from him was to hire normal people to work there, who would maintain the hygiene at the shelter. I have stopped asking questions concerning spaying/neutering, vet care , food and everything else. When it comes to costs of transportation those dogs to the vets or to transport food to the shelter from people who have donated it to the shelter, all of that was financed from my own pocket or from the pockets of several other volunteers.”

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Note that our group, AWAB, raised funds for the spay-neuter of over a dozen dogs at Gladno Polje, in particular the 10+ dogs rescued from Hresa last year who were then placed at Gladno Polje. We have also raised considerable funds for food, and have photographs and receipts to prove that the money was used appropriately.

On the fifth of March, Sanela wrote the following on Facebook:

“Adnan Smailbegovic and myself, Sanela Kotoric Etterle, received an official restriction to approach the Shelter Gladno Polje, a restriction to approach the dogs in this shelter. We have been banned and prohibited from  taking these dogs to an event at ‘Importanne Centre’ to help find them adopters and to collect financial and material help for the dogs at Gladno. In short,we have been denied access to these dogs in any way. I was not given any explanation. They hung up when I tried to contact the Director or anyone who in authority.”

541783_598362060175588_49124645_nIt’s important to note that, unlike workers at some other dog “shelters” in Bosnia, Sanela has always been quite clear about the terrible conditions for the dogs at Gladno Polje, and has published countless photographs on Facebook and appeals for donations.

On April 7th, a group of volunteers visited the dogs at Gladno Polje.

The purpose of the visit was to spend time with the dogs and to bring them food. After they were denied access to the shelter by an employee, volunteers explained that they were there during visitation hours, as the shelter sign clearly stated. They received a very confusing answer by the same employee, who explained that they are currently not accepting any visitors, because Sanela and Adnan are banned from the shelter and that Sanela and Adnan, according to the employee, were thieves who collected food for the dogs and then stole or sold it. This information was given to the employees by the Director.

184191_579177658760695_1527575096_nVolunteers told the employee that they will contact the local media. Entrance was immediately granted to see and feed the dogs, but the employees of the shelter oversaw the entire feeding process and claimed that the dogs were not hungry and that the volunteers were wasting food.

The shelter employee then immediately proceeded to remove the shelter sign which showed the visitation hours of the shelter.

521832_598366913508436_808215850_nDženita, one of the employees at the shelter, is a veterinary technician, but because of the primary problem of horrendous living conditions for the dogs, she was not able to use her training as all her time was needed to keep the kennels clean. Sanela says:  “Dženita was a cleaning lady who worked for a little bit of money, which she hasn’t even barely received to date. She was a puppet (like some of us) to those who comfortably sat in their chairs and received their salaries on time, including insurance and benefits. They received their salaries from the money that was supposed to be spent on the dogs in the shelter.

537150_597957303549397_935436962_nHowever, the Director of Gladno Polje pulled his Administration Assistant from his office and sent her to the shelter to take care of the hygiene and to oversee the entire process with the dogs.

Sanela tells us: “A woman who hasn’t walked into the shelter for months, not to mention that she doesn’t know those dogs and dogs in general (like the Director himself). This woman couldn’t even tell two dogs apart on the website when we only had 30-40 dogs at the shelter. So, today this woman told Dženita that all the shelter needed was a woman’s hand for everything to run smoothly…

Dženita has now also been banned from the shelter.


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On April 8th, the cantonal veterinary inspector visited Gladno Polje and witnessed the terrible conditions for themselves.

They returned two days later to find that the hygienic condition had improved. The kennels were cleaned up, the fence surrounding the shelter had been fixed so the dogs could not get out, and the dog kennels that were destroyed by the wind had been fixed.

However, advocates have heard today (14 April) from Haris, a visitor to the shelter that conditions are still very bad.

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This situation at Gladno Polje is complex and confusing. So-called improved conditions – if there are any  – are unlikely to remain. And certainly, the sacking of Sanela, Adnan and Dženita is entirely unjust and the well-being and livelihood of the dogs there remains in a very precarious balance – as always. 

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Sanela says: “I believe and I hope that every day will get better and that they will continue to work in a positive direction for the dogs, even if I’m not allowed access to the shelter… Even at the cost that I’m never again allowed access. All I want is better conditions for the dogs. It is sad that it had to come to all this and that everything I begged for months has now been executed in two days. I will always suffer for and miss those dogs, but I will survive. I only hope they never have to suffer again. At this moment we are still waiting for vet inspection report and then we will make our next step together.”

Addition, 16 April: More details from Haris the visitor to Gladno: “Conditions are horrible, staff absent (and returned drunk 20 mins. later). Dogs have no water, lying in their own feces, pups month old wandering unsupervised! Staff completely inept, letting people take dogs without any paper trail.”

3dogsSanela’s Facebook page where you can find more photographs: https://www.facebook.com/sanela.etterle

Petition to sign:
Change.org Petition demanding an investigation into Gladno Polje

Letters to write (Please be polite and clear):
Main veterinary inspectorate chief (female) Joka Hlubna
– email  address:
joka.hlubna@kuip.ks.gov.ba

Head of the Municipality Prof. Senaid Memic
– email addresses:
kabinet.nacelnika@opcinailidza.ba
opcinski.nacelnik@opcinailidza.ba

The Director of Gladno Polje Almir Džanković :
FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/almir.dzankovic.9

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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.

 

What monsters started with people during the war, they continue with animals during peace time

Translation of an article and interview with Jelena Paunović on Tacno.net (09.03.2013) Ono što su monstrumi započeli u ratu sa ljudima u miru su nastavili sa životinjama

What monsters started with people during the war, they continue with animals during peace time
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Jelena Paunović, an animal protection activist and pro-life fighter, we say pro-life because the person who does not appreciate life of an animal will hardly have respect for human life either. This brave woman proudly defies the primitivism she is surrounded with, protecting these innocent creatures from the evil of local people which nearly loses the sense of this word.

In her interview for tacno.net Jelena speaks about her struggles, about the lack of understanding from people and institutions of the system; how she will not give up, on the contrary, she proudly looks ahead and puts herself on the line as a shield for animals.

Realizing how serious the problem of animal cruelty is in our society, portal tacno.net will soon open a section devoted to this issue.

Interviewer: Predrag Blagovčanin

Miss Paunović, tell us more about your Association, mission and goals you stand for.

The association “Život” is registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is an association for the protection and welfare of animals. It was founded in 2010 with the goal to raise people’s awareness about animal welfare, about what animals mean, how important they are for our community and how much the quality of a society is displayed through the treatment of animals. However, this very goal of promoting animal welfare and education has taken a back seat due to the situation we have in the field. Hence I believe that despite of all the articles, statements and interviews, the NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina have not really moved further than simply saving animals from the streets, which are terrible.

Is there an exact number of NGOs and associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina that actively work to promote the protection of animals?

There are many associations. However, despite a common goal, methods of achieving this goal are different. And, there are many fakes. I’d like to mention the association “Help animals” led by Gordana Ristić. Mrs. Ristić has a shelter in Faletići that has  been saving animals for a long time now.

I would also like to mention Mr. Velimir Ivanišević from the Association for Prevention of Animal Cruelty “SOS”. Ivanišević belongs to the old school of activists from which you can always learn something new. Without good teachers there is no good work.

I cooperate with all the activists in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our paths simply cross and we all know each other. I believe that each of us does what they deem best. A good example of an activist and great humanist is certainly Daliborka Čolić. For years she has been helping dogs from Bosnia. The work of her Association “SOS Šapice” from Gradiška represents the brightest example for B&H that through consistent application of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act, with a lot of work, sacrifice and love for dogs, the problem can be solved. During a recent visit to her shelter, I cried and was left speechless. Let alone the tidy kennels, the healthy and beautiful dogs–one can simply feel the love for animals in the air.

Apart from members of associations, there are numerous activists working in Bosnia, doing more than their fair share of work every day. The informal civil group “Avlijaneri” led by activist Sanela Kotorić Etterle takes care of the dog shelter in Gladno Polje.

I will stop here because I am afraid I could forget to mention someone. The most important thing is that we are there!

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It is obvious that the problem with stray dogs in Sarajevo has escalated to the point where they represent a potential danger for citizens. How can this problem be adequately solved to the satisfaction of both people and animals?

There is no alternative to the Animal Protection and Welfare Act which came in effect in April of 2009. The only way of solving this problem is consistent application of the Act!

If the Act states that all dogs (owned and strays alike) need to be tagged with chip or marker, then it is how it should be! If irresponsible owners were to be sanctioned, then people would not be able to do whatever they want with their dogs. There is no unified record of owned dogs either, and not all owned dogs are neutered/spayed.

And here we come to the second link in the chain, neutering and spaying. Municipalities put funds towards this purpose, activists do what they can with help of donations, however there is no systematic effort towards the solution of the problem. If we only sterilize stray dogs using catch, sterilize and release method, we come back to the source of problem, and those are owned dogs.

Rural areas are almost never mentioned. Maybe we will solve the problem in Sarajevo at some point, but what about the villages around Sarajevo? Talking with people from nearby villages we tell them:  we will do vet processing of a dog (sterilization/castration, vaccine, microchip, pills against internal parasites, spray against external parasites), and you will only participate in paying say 50 or 100 KM (25-50 Euros/35-70 USD). Often we get the answer that someone “Would kill hundred dogs for that money”. Owning a dog means taking responsibility! Unfortunately, most people have not yet “reached” the understanding that a dog is a living being.

Often in the media we see statements that “shelters have not solved the problem”. To all those who feel that way I can say that they never will. Short and simple! Shelters are but a small link in the chain of solving the problem.

One of the most important links is education, and currently in Sarajevo, “Dogs Trust” is the only one working on education of children.

The last, but certainly not the weakest link, are the media. They are the ones who should promote the moral treatment of animals, promote giving them homes, respecting the Animal Welfare Act. And yet they do a very poor job on this. At one point we had daily titles in the media like “dog bit…”, “dog attacked…”, “dog slaughtered” etc.

Apart from social networks, you will rarely encounter necessary promotion of giving home to animals. Half breed dogs as well. Instead, we have situations like: “We love dogs but we do not want a mongrel, we will give a thousand marks for a dog, we will then play with that toy for a while and we realize that this toy pees and poops, we will throw it out on the street.” And when this dog ends up on the street, neither police nor the veterinary inspection will do their job, and us activists are back at the start of this story…

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What is the problem with implementation of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act and why do we have to wait so long for implementation of this Act?

Because the institutions in charge refuse to do their job. The institution in charge is the Department of Foreign Commerce and Economic Relations of B&H. They are in charge for implementation of the Act. The Office for Animal Health of B&H is in charge of supervision. And the Act is implemented through official veterinarians. In the article 27 of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act it states that, if you see an abandoned animal, you are obliged to report it to the official veterinarian. However, there is a “catch”. Veterinarians who passed the Act now refuse to implement it!

Due to this you find yourself in a situation that once you inform the official veterinarian about irresponsible ownership, abandoned or lost animal, he calls the animal protection associations! Official veterinarians are by law obliged to implement the Animal Welfare Act. We however, do what we do purely for ethical reasons.

It is hard to react if we know that a dog is being attacked, that it will be put on a stake, that they poured boiling oil on it, slaughtered it or similar. Every reasonable being is haunted by things like this because you always believe there is something you can do. However, this is not our job and we are not supported by the budget nor does anyone pay us.

Lack of work and irresponsibility of members of the police also make our work difficult. Although they are obliged to react according to the Criminal Law of FB&H or Criminal Law of RS, they often respond to the reports with: “Are you calling us about some dogs again?” It is irrelevant that this dog was slaughtered before the eyes of children, for example what happened in Blažuj last year. Then we come to social services, psychiatry etc.

Dogs on the street is the problem of a non-functioning system in the entirety, and that is what people need to finally understand!

People offer their services on social networks to kill animals, has anyone reacted on this offer to commit murder? Is there a reaction from the police?

With more reports I hope there will be more response! There is another law dealing with this topic, and that is the Act on Local Government where, in Article 8, there is a mention of solving the problem of abandoned animals. Taking care of abandoned dogs as well as the series of preventive measures so it would not come to abandonment and unwanted offspring is prescribed by the Animal Protection and Welfare Act in which it is stated that part of responsibility for solving the problem comes down to municipalities. However, in Sarajevo we have a situation where only one municipality has its own shelter, and that is the Municipality of Ilidža. Now there is a contract that Ibrahim Hadžibajrić, the Mayor of Ilidža, made with Municiaplity of Istočni Stari grad, or more precisely with the shelter “Hreša” managed by Slaviša  Jovičić.

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What are conditions like in dog shelters?

I will just say that in no shelter prescriptions from the Regulation for Founding and Conditions that need to be fulfilled in animal shelters are fully respected. Here they first build the shelter with no conditions, and after this inspection comes a million times and requires improvement of conditions. I am very exclusive on this topic. If there is a Regulation, then it should be followed.

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A little while ago the media reported on the conflict between representatives of animal protection associations and Mayor of Municipality Stari Grad Mr. Hadžibajrić. Can you tell us more about this conflict?

I would not call it a conflict. In the democratic system, every private person and everyone from the NGO sector has full right to indicate incorrect spending of the budget. We can say “poor dogs from Stari Grad” but that is just one side of the coin which, in this case, is not so interesting. Maybe to me personally, but not to the social community that fills up this same budget. However, when you say  OK, so where is the money from the budget, then that is something else.

We have a very specific situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is a law on the state level that is somewhat observed in Federation and we have the first draft of the Act from 2008 which is in force in RS. However, in RS this Act was never harmonized with the state law. This means that in RS there is the “kill” system (both healthy and sick dogs are euthanized after 30 days). There is no euthanasia in Federation, unless a veterinarian believes this to be only option.

I personally believe that Hadžibajrić found a hole in the law and signed this unfortunate agreement with “Hreša”. Why unfortunate? Maybe it would all be fine if no one from the municipalities in RS did not sign the agreement or protocol about cooperation with this same shelter. No one probably expected that activists would not allow for killing of the dogs!

Recently members of the Association “Life is Life” stated on “Oslobođenje” that Novo Sarajevo is in negotiations with the shelter “Hreša”. The Mayor of the Municipality Novi Grad, Semir Efendić, also publicaly stated that they will sign agreement with them. So we have a mathematical and logical question: how can eighteen kennels solve the problem of dogs from Bosnia and Herzegovina?

In the whole “Hreša case”, the important role is played by the signing of a cooperation protocol between the shelters in Prača (Sarajevo) and in Hreša. Since I did not see this protocol, I do not know all the details and I can only speak about what has been said in public. From what I gathered from everything that has been published, Hreša will collect dogs, Prača will take them over (they call it dog transfer!), the association “Life is Life” will ask for donations of blankets and food, and Slaviša Jovičić of Hreša shelter will take money from all possible budgets and spend them as he wills! I fail to see any logic there. Apart from what is obvious.

Despite how much any activist may love dogs and want to help them, we cannot give legitimacy to illegal activities by jumping under the bus! If all the activists had not in the past and continue every day to play Mother Theresa – institutions in charge would have to solve the problem a long time ago. In this way, the situation moved out of their hands.

So we have laws on all possible levels and the problem arises from implementation of these laws. However, does this law completely protect animals?

We have a great state law and animals are completely protected on the paper. Before the law we had a hideous rendering plant that had killed dogs for 50 years. So they had been killing dogs for 50 years and yet still did not kill them all! Killing is not a solution! They were receiving up to million KM from the budget every year. That is the fact that is rarely mentioned. And also a few people know that people trained in RSPCA program captured dogs with wires, tore off their legs, and strangled them in front of citizens. “Hreša” was this type of facility until recently! I could never imagine myself as having any kind of cooperation with murderers.

I had to mention this, and the concrete answer is that Animal Protection and Welfare Act with all relating sub acts is very clearly defined. There is no killing and no torturing! And yet practice shows that fire crackers are being put in dog mouths, that children are being cruel with dogs, that dogs are raped with umbrellas… Only when you see what people do to animals, you realize how degenerate the society we live in is.

sirotica2Since you mention this, we are witnesses to cruel acts of different psychopaths on animals in Sarajevo and all over B&H. Does this properly diagnose our society?

What monsters have started during the war, they have continued now with animals in my opinion. I will quote Velimir Ivanišević who says : “Animal cruelty is training for cruelty over people.” They start with picking out eyes of pigeons, raping dogs with umbrellas, then they rape their sister and in the end they kill their mother. It is simply the way it is.

sirotica3Is there at least one school subject or extracurricular activity that would teach children how to properly treat animals?

The subject does not exist, and as for teachers, I cannot say: teachers in Unsko-Sanski Canton love animals. We can only speak about this on individual level. An organization from Great Britain, “Dogs Trust”, came here last year and they do this type of education on the area of Sarajevo Canton, As for our NGO sector, we have a lot of work, but when we have time, we organize a lecture or a forum.

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We have information that animal activists are being threatened, what it is like to live under the pressure and threats made on life just because you are a humanist?

If someone looked at my Facebook profile they would maybe say: “Great, she helps animals”. But for some it represents an attack on position and possible review of money flow. And at that point this story receives a whole different dimension.

Four Rescued Dogs Need Help

tessa-1Four rescues from the streets of Sarajevo are very sick with demodex. Gizmo, Coko, Beauty and Tessa.  I have already posted up about three of them here. These poor dogs were rescued as young puppies last year – all found in a garbage bin.

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They are amongst the few survivors of a bad outbreak of canine parvovirus, and have lived all their lives in ‘pension’ (kennels). This is safer and better than on the streets, but not at all what these dogs need.

While we are trying to make sure they get the best veterinary treatment for the disease, and all except Gizmo show some improvement, it has become clear to us that the only way they will fully recover is if we find them forever homes where they would get special loving care in addition to medical treatment. The neurological causes behind demodex can only be helped with a stress-free, calm and loving environment.

coko-1-3Such dogs need stability, familiar people and environment to live in or the condition will re-occur.

So please, help us find homes for these lovely dogs! We have a transport from Sarejevo to the UK booked for mid-June. Drop-offs along the way can also be made. Note: demodex is not contagious. For more details please see our sister website: http://awabosnia.org/adopt

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The Dogs:
Beauty is a very gentle dog and we have one offer of a home for her, which we need to confirm. Gizmo is also a gentle and calm dog. Coko and Tessa need special help, in particular Tessa who has an enlarged heart after surviving canine parvovirus and pneumonia. Both these dogs are a little afraid and need extra attention.

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Beauty and Coko
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Gizmo and Tessa

How they looked before demodex:

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Beauty and Coko

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Gizmo and Tessa

For more photographs and information about adoption please go to our sister website, AWAB, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia: http://awabosnia.org

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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.