Dog eaten alive by worms in Bosnian dog ‘shelter’

531970_10202233846710391_1820098175_nUPDATE: 21 OCTOBER sadly Donna lost the fight. R.I.P. beautiful girl. Your last days were full of warmth and love. I’m so sorry we did not find you sooner.

If you have been reading this blog recently you will know that Jelena Paunović and animal activists are visiting and documenting the horrific conditions in the so-called ‘shelters’ of Bosnia-Herzegovina in order bring a report to parliament. They barely have funds to pay for petrol to visit these shelters, but it’s impossible for them to ignore the plight of these dogs and not try to save them.

The dog above was found in Doboj shelter, lying in her own excrement, in the filth that is the ground all the dogs there must live in. She is just a bag of bones and she is unable to walk or stand.

When activists inspected her closely, they saw her immobile hindquarters being eaten by maggots. Her eyes are infected and she is in a terrible state. They could not leave her and brought her to Sarajevo where she is getting vet treatment.
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If you can help with her care, she’s called Donna, please go to the bottom of the page for details of how to make a donation. Any amount no matter how small will help. It’s possible it is too late for her. If you can’t bear to read on, here is a button for Paypal donations. Please mark your donation ‘for Donna’. The situation in Doboj like most of the government funded ‘shelters’ is beyond belief, and is entirely against the animal welfare law that currently exists in Bosnia, which is why activists from Sarajevo are doing their best to document these abuses of the law. dogs crammed into cages, the usual stale white bread to eat (if anything). 150 dogs screaming for food.

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Another shocking case from this shelter is a dog with a botched neutering operation. This dog also has a damaged eye and an open wound from a dog bite. This  dog was also brought back to Sarajevo.

dennis6Edina Pasic, of Andjeo Sarajevo animal welfare organisation says the following:

On my way back from Zagreb I went to Doboj and found him covered in blood after enduring a non professional castration. They didn’t let me take a photo of this horrific scene. He’s a male and they placed him with another very dominant male who fiercely attacked him, his leg was very badly bitten. I couldn’t look so I just started screaming and said I was taking him with me, the guard was against it, I couldn’t take it anymore, I attacked him, I asked how it is possible that a shelter which is in such a bad state doesn’t have the rehoming of animals as a priority, and asked if it was all about money, like it has been in every shelter until now. The man was dumbfounded. I fed around 20 dogs and 4 cats against his will, he didn’t let me take pictures and I didn’t insist because Jelena had taken a lot of photos the day before…The dog  is now in pension and he needs help for pension and for veterinary care.

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Could YOU visit these “shelters” and not save a dog? Even though there is no money, no place to keep the dog? Jelena Paunović tells her story on her Facebook page:

Visiting dog shelters has its dark side. When you go there, you see so many desperate dogs in need. The first thought is “Hmm… how can I save them all?,“ and the second thought is “I have to save this one. I know I have to… somehow“… That’s how I have three new cases without financial support yet.

We saved Mica from Gorazde…
1235486_10202156220649788_2033765437_nWe found her in a cage with 15 other dogs. They didn’t allow her to drink or eat even though their “food“ was just one piece of bread for them all. The “Shelter“ in Goražde is one of the worst I’ve seen, 150 dogs living in terrible conditions, there are no any activists to take care of them. I believe we are the first activists who visited that shelter- ever. When we saw Mica, she was shaking, her eyes were telling us “Please save me!“.
1233567_10202156223009847_1184272856_nFor the last ten days Mica lives in my house but she can’t stay here until we find her a good permanent home, because I already have three dogs and cats, and most of the day I am not at home, so I have to find 120 euros for her pension per month and another 50 euros for her vet expenses.

When we visited Trebinje shelter, we heard one puppy screaming. We asked the worker what’s happening, but he wasn’t interested to even talk with us. My friend jumped over the fence and found a 20 day old puppy in the sewer. He saved her and we decided to pick her up and try to find her a forever home.
574629_10202216925647375_761641421_nWe call her Petal. Since the 21st September this little girl is in pension. One day cost 4 euros, we already owe 28 euros.

Third case I am responsible for is a sick little girl from Doboj shelter.
1377501_10202233845110351_1528924099_nWorker said: “I think this dog is sick!“. My God! When we saw her, half of her body was covered with worms! At the Vet faculty in Sarajevo, the vets cleaned her wounds and gave her therapy.  The vet made a x-ray of her spine and there are no fractures to explain why she cannot walk. But she is very sick and something is wrong with her eyes, so we have to have her checked for distemper and other diseases. She is pension too and we’ve named her Donna. Funds are needed for her pension and for vet care – just one test for distemper costs 20 euros.

Doboj shelter is one of many where people don’t care about dogs.
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When I said that I want to visit all shelters and start writing stories, I totally forgot how many injured dogs I will see and how desperate I will be if I don’t help any of them. I also said that I am done with pensions but it seems I can’t live without helping animals, case by case… and God knows how many animals I saved. Of course, every single case costs and I can’t do anything without your support. Please help me save these three lovely girls, Mica, Petal and Donna. Thanks in advance.

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 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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THE HORROR SHELTERS OF BOSNIA – SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

xx302728_4893731623924_789039656_nAnimal welfare activists have informed us that Hreša is ‘open for business’. If you have read the other posts on Hreša and other ‘shelters’ in Bosnia Herzegovina you know what this ‘business’ means.

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And more ‘shelters’ in the country have been visited and documented, Bratunac and Trebinje. Like other shelters conditions are entirely unsuitable and contravene the existing animal welfare law in Bosnia Herzegovina which states that dog shelters have to provide proper care of the animals in the shelters, including proper vet care. For a full translation of the existing law, please download this PDF.

As always, the shelters are situated in out-of-the-way places, hard to find and on or near landfills and garbage heaps; the dogs are thin and hungry and without proper shelter or warmth for the coming winter. Generally there is no food or water seen, nor anyone to actually take care of dogs or to guard the shelters (remember dog fights are popular in Bosnia and ‘shelter’ dogs make nice ‘bait’ to train fighting dogs…).

Municipality ‘shelter’ in Bratunac:

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A stray cat found in Bratunac…
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And Trebinje ‘shelter’:

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More photographs in the slideshow at the end of this post.

Just one “interesting” detail from Trebinje: on weekends dogs are without food or water as there are no workers there during weekends. Activists were told by a worker at the nearby landfill told them that often when they clean cages puppies end up in drain holes. The activists found one right in it… a puppy under a month old. They rescued it from certain death.

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We recently made a post about the dogs at Foča shelter. 5 dogs were found in relatively clean conditions, although they only had white bread to eat. Activists were surprised about the shelter as they had seen so much horror elsewhere. The worker seemed to be kind towards the dogs. Funds were raised to release all five dogs into homes or foster homes or pensions in Sarajevo, and activists returned (it’s a long trip, about 80 kilometres) to collect the dogs. BUT ONLY TWO DOGS WERE ALLOWED TO GO! 528209_10202205163833337_699773154_nThe worker seemed a different person, certainly not the animal-lover he’d portrayed himself as on the first visit. A new young puppy was in the shelter, and he kicked the puppy, right in front of the activists.

Activists left food for the dogs and they will do everything they can to get the dogs out, including the new puppy. This means making an appointment to meet with the local authorities and this could take some time unfortunately.

In the meantime these lovely dogs face an uncertain future… the lovely black and white one has an eye condition and may be going blind.

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Without radical change in the how the authorities are dealing with strays, the only way to help the dogs in these shelters is for activists to visit them more often. For most of these “shelters” no one never visits. The activists are usually the first people after 3, 4 or even 5 years who express any kind of interest in the dogs in these hell holes.

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Funds are desperately needed just to pay for petrol to visit the shelters, and for food to be brought to the dogs.

We need also must to ensure Bosnia and Herzegovina does not follow Romania and draft a new law at the next Parliament session on the 5th of October, paving the way for thousands of strays to be put down (and you can be sure if this happens it will be using the most brutal methods, which are cheaper and easier than any ‘humane’ euthanasia methods). Also please read this excellent piece by lawyer Dalida Kozlić, her analysis of the implementation of Animal Protection and Welfare Act as well as other issues of protection of animals in Bosnia. As she says: “Euthanasia deals with only the symptoms and not the causes of population problems. It will not lead to population management and must not be relied upon as a sole response.”

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Demand Investigation into Horror Shelter in Hresa, Bosnia

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Relevant articles from this blog:

Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!
Saving Lucia and the dogs of Foča and Gorazde
BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend PART TWO
Mass Graves Found Near Dog “Shelter”

HRESA “SHELTER”:

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Part One

Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven

Other relevant information, links, websites:

Care2 Petition: Demand Investigation into Horror Shelter in Hresa, Bosnia

Thinktank Policy Brief on the issue of animal welfare in Bosnia Herzegovina November 2012 (PDF)

Making the Link – A study to identify psychological effects of children regularly exposed to uncontrolled community animal abuse and evaluation of efficacy of interventions.

Occupy For Animals
Occupy for Animals – Petitions to the European Union

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

Husky Found in Horrifically Critical Condition!

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This poor soul lost the battle. RIP. I’m so very very sorry.
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Animal welfare activists in Sarajevo were only contacted about this poor dog last night, and it might be too late to save his life! He has distemper and maybe canine parvovirus as well. He has been given an initial vet treatment of an infusion but he needs to be moved to a proper pension and to have intensive veterinary treatment for any chance of survival.
1374770_557383087661923_1291698127_nYou can’t see it because his eyes are in such poor shape, but he has one blue eye and one brown eye. The rescuer called him a Husky but I suspect he’s probably a German Shepherd mix.  Please help this lovely dog, and if you can’t send a donation towards his treatment or pension, please send your love and healing prayers. 

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Distemper is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus similar to the one that causes measles in people. Worldwide, it is the leading cause of infectious disease deaths in dogs. All unvaccinated dogs are at high risk of infection.

The overall health of the dog has a lot to do with how ill he becomes. The disease is most severe in dogs who are poorly nourished and ill-kept. As you can see this poor dog is very thin and was a stray on the streets of Sarajevo.

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The distemper virus attacks brain cells and cells that line the surfaces of the body, including the skin, the conjunctiva, the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, and the gastrointestinal tract. Many dogs develop signs of brain involvement (encephalitis), characterized by  attacks of slobbering, head shaking, and chewing movements of the jaws. Epileptic-like seizures may occur, in which the dog runs in circles, falls over, and kicks all four feet wildly. After the convulsive episode the dog appears to be confused, shies away from his owner, wanders about aimlessly, and appears to be blind.

This is a horrific disease if left untreated. We hope it’s not too late for this poor dog.

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The dog was taken in for a proper veterinary examination. The vet feels the dog ‘has a chance’. New photos below and more added to the slide show.
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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 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.

Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!

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As you know, the Romanian Parliament has ruled that all stray dogs will be killed if, after fourteen days, they remain unadopted. Tdeaddoghe authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina will use this as an example to enforce the same law and make it legal to kill all stray dogs. In fact, it’s already happening in Bosnia in spite of 
existing animal welfare laws!

And unlike in Romania, there are no celebrities or high profile activists telling the world about it!

The existing Animal Welfare and Protection Act of Bosnia-Herzegovina is in fact a good and enforcable law. The only reason the law is not being enforced is because certain political and professional circles do not want to do it.

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The law makes euthanising stray dogs illegal, – except a) when the animal cannot be cured and keeping it alive would only cause unnecessary pain and further suffering; b) the animal has reached such an old age, its vital bodily functions are terminating; c) the animal suffers from an incurable and/or infectious disease, or such a disease can represent a threat to humans; d) the animal is dangerous; e) the animal is in agony.

(The truth is, dogs are ‘euthanised’ randomly and seriously disregarding the above laws).

In addition, the Animal Protection and Welfare Act states that every city and town has to build shelters for stray animals. All shelters for stray animals have to provide a NO KILL policy (see below for what is really happening in these so-called shelters…)

smalldeaddogThe government of Bosnia-Herzegovina wants to change this Animal Protection and Welfare Act to make euthanasia legal in all shelters. Euthanasia would be performed within 15 days from a stray dog’s arrival in a shelter.

This is exactly what is happening in Romania, and if the law is changed, it will be used as an excuse to simply kill all the strays instead of implementing a humane stray animal management programe The next session of the BH Parliament will be held on October 3rd 2013, and we need to do everything we can to ensure they do not change the law!

1003457_558748954189914_2004992413_nPlease be aware that while ‘euthanasia’ may seem to be a logical way of dealing with an increasing and endemic stray dog population, this is a costly way to kill dogs and generally other, brutal, methods are used. Please read Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation. Also note that “Catch & kill” or “catch & incarcerate” policies have failed in numerous other countries. Cities that have successfully managed and curbed their stray animal population were those that opted for a “catch & return” policy.

Please sign the petition: BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT

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If you want to know how things are done in Bosnia, please read the following piece recently published on Facebook by Jelena Paunović, animal welfare activist and journalist:

“DOGS ARE GUILTY OF EVERYTHING! LET‘S KILL THEM ALL!

According to my experience related to the care of abandoned animals, this is how the problem of abandoned dogs in Bosnia is being solved, in contravention of all laws and regulations:

1. You load dogs into a van, using the method “as many as you can cram in”, and you throw them out in a hunting ground and inform the local hunters’ association about the “problem”. After the animal activists come,  authorised persons suddenly become “unauthorised”: when activists find out about killing dogs, people, who are responsible for this and who are authorised to prevent and punish those who kill dogs, pretend that they are not in charge of investigating actions such as killing dogs.

2. As a “competent person” you make some sort of an agreement with the local mayor, and since you do not feel like stepping out of the car, you simply open fire on the dogs in the settlement from the car. It is desirable for the car to be moving and that there are children nearby, of course.

After the activists come, once again the authorised persons become unauthorised…

3. As a local “boss“, and if possible, a criminal with a piece of land, you make an agreement with the Mayor, the police and the veterinary inspection and you open a “shelter” for lost and abandoned animals. The Veterinary Office says “Bravo“! You are implementing the Animal Welfare and Protection Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina.” (In principle, this is correct, but…) And then, you take them for a lamb lunch in local restaurant, and there you sign the agreements and fulfil conditions for the “implementation” of the Law.

Shelters function in the following manner:

a) First, registration is not necessary because, “Why should I care, f… dogs”.

b) Then you inform the media of your activities. The mayor says: “Our team of dog catchers is made of highly trained people. Now citizens will be free and fearless to walk through settlements which, until we had this brilliant idea, had been filled with stray dogs, and, by the way, vote for me in the next elections.

c) The “highly trained professionals” start catching dogs and placing them in the asylum. The Director and the Mayor talk regularly and have business meetings, over beer and roast lamb, in case there should be something else that needs signing. Everything has to be according to the LAW, right?

d) The dogs from the shelter are killed using various methods: hitting them with a hammer on the head, putting poison in their food, and every now and again euthanizing them. If an activist comes and asks what is going on, a veterinarian appears from nowhere saying that the missing dogs “have been humanely euthanized since they were old and sick”. If the veterinarian is really very forthcoming, you will be presented with papers signed in one of the aforementioned “business” meetings.

e) “Fools dealing with dogs (activists) visit the shelter, and after visit they publish photographs and video clips. After they have published these photographs and video clips, they are banned from entering the shelters.

f) Dogs die of hunger, illness, thirst. Great amounts of dog food are registered in the accounts as being bought for the shelter. The dogs don’t see any of it.

g) Dogs breed in the shelters.. and yet the veterinarian  registers castration and sterilization. The veterinarian also registers vaccines and tablets against parasites. The veterinarian registers treatments. The dogs continue to breed, become full of parasites, wounds are left untreated.

h) Most municipalities have published reports on the consumption of budget assets from, let us say, 2006. There is not any a trace of money.

i) “Experts are searching for homes” for the dogs, but it is impossible to find the shelter in its godforsaken location. Almost nobody from the local community knows that there is a shelter there, and when you finally find it, they tell you that 100 people come to them in a month and adopt dogs.

j) During foreigners’ visits to the shelter, they present the papers. Then the foreigners tell activists they are fools. The media take statements from the Director, Mayor and foreigners. And therefore, professional reporters, using proper sources of information, inform the ignorant people of a great Mayor and his even greater buddies.

k) Activists do nothing.

l) Dogs are being killed and die in suffering.

m) Activists do nothing.

(This last point has no end. It has been repeating for years.)

1. As a local “boss“ and the Mayor of some small municipality, or as the people call it “in the middle of nowhere”, you take a few hundred from the budget and call local service providers, who see themselves as a hygiene service, to immediately kill dogs found in the territory of the municipality. Then the media reports on poisoning of dogs. The mayor puts in the book “care of dogs in the shelter”. Later, activists come and the authorised persons become unauthorised.

Then the activists come, and the authorised persons become unauthorised…

2. “Endangered“ citizens and their offspring torture and kill abandoned dogs every day. “Poor” children are unprotected from “aggressive” dogs, various parents councils talk about this everywhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina, “good” boys and girls rape dogs with umbrellas, put firecrackers in their mouths, stick screws in cats’ eyes just to see what will happen…

Then the activists have come, and the authorised persons become unauthorised.

The mayor, veterinarian and the police have eaten so much roast lamb, they are still digesting it.

3. The media contacts Mayors, veterinarians, parents, shelters, ambulance service…

4. Everything is done professionally and in accordance with the Animal Welfare and Protection Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The lesson therefore is: DOGS ARE GUILTY OF EVERYTHING! LET’S KILL THEM ALL!”


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Relevant articles from this blog:

BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation

Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend PART TWO
Mass Graves Found Near Dog “Shelter”

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

 

Saving Lucia and the dogs of Foča and Gorazde

1185621_10202139636795202_252551786_nThis week  animal welfare activists from Sarajevo visited dog ‘shelters’ at Foča and Gorazde, about 100 + KM from Sarajevo.

One of the dogs saved during this trip is Lucia, a sweet dog, virtually starved and with a critically injured paw.

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She was taken to King Pension in Sarajevo and today will be operated on to see if the paw can be saved. The cost of this operation is estimated at 225 euros (approximately 300 USD). The cost of her stay in King Pension (the best in Bosnia, the only one that is suitable to take care of such a thin and injured dog) is 120 euros (160 USD) per month. Funds are desperately needed to take care of her. If you can help please send donations via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org – mark ‘for Lucia’. For more details. see the bottom of the page.

Gorazde “Shelter”

GorazdeGorazde shelter is situated in a small area in the middle of the woods, housing about 150 dogs. Dogs there are given terrible treatment. An employee told the activists that a vet comes once in a while and just randomly chooses dogs to be killed.

What we saw there can’t be described with mere words but only feel, I was screaming,” said one of the activists. The dogs are stuffed into small, filthy cages and given dry bread to eat, nothing more.

Taking photos and walking around is prohibited by warning signs, all photos of the shelter were taken undercover, but only a few could be taken.
1175719_10202149017589716_437209834_nIn the photographs taken you can only get some glimpses into the general condition for the dogs there. What is clear, is that the dogs in Gorazde are on death row. All of this is happening in disrespect of the current animal welfare law and, no doubt as with so many of the other shelters somebody is stealing money meant to help these dogs survive. “We saw one dog with broken legs… Worker said that they are waiting for the vet to put dog in sleep but I know how their “euthanasia” looks like.”

The activists managed to take out only two dogs, one of which they immediately found a good home for in Sarajevo, a purebred pug (which had many offers of a home outside of Bosnia too. Unfortunately the demand for purebred dogs is high everywhere, and yet there are so many beautiful mixed breeds desperately needing homes.)

This little girl below, called Mica, lived in a cage in Gorazde with 15 other dogs who wouldn’t allow her to eat or drink.
1235486_10202156220649788_2033765437_nShe was shaking and practically begging us to save her…” said the activists. So they did. She is currently in foster home but will need either to find a long term home very soon or be put into pension (kennels). If you can help please contact us or perhaps you can make a donation towards her care.

On a soft bed at last……
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Foča shelter

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Activists said: “Even though we thought we will see horror there as there is no information about Foča shelter available it turned out to be heaven compared to Gorazde.”

“Scruff” at Foča shelter:
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1231555_10202139537792727_925796521_nThe man that worked at Foča shelter told them that they need all help possible and that they can’t manage to take care of the dogs adequately without assistance.

Currently there are 5 dogs there, and they are only fed white bread.

However, compared to other shelters and to Gorazde, this shelter is not so bad. Conditions are clean, but there is no adequate protection for the winter where temperatures can drop to well below freezing.

539106_10202139542712850_749213362_nBut the activists saw that the man working there really gives his best: “Dogs walk after him and listen to him well.” We started a Facebook page to help these five dogs: Saving the Dogs of Foča.

One of the dogs may have a home in Sarajevo, and the little one we call ‘Scruff’ might have a sponsor to take her out of the shelter and into a pension in Sarajevo.

But this lovely dog we call Alexia has an eye condition and might be going blind. We are trying to raise funds for a vet to give her an examination:1175571_10202139543672874_1346125664_nFunds are needed to keep them fed on proper dog food and warm in the winter. Every trip to Foča shelter to deliver food etc costs about 50 euros (70 USD) in petrol, one 20 kg good quality food costs – 40 euros (55 USD), one 20 kg bag low quality costs 20 euros (30 USD). This will feed 5 dogs for about 10 days.

Little Scruff….

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1229923_10202139532312590_319888456_nThe trip to Foča and Gorazde shelter is part of a project to investigate and document contraventions of the animal welfare law in Bosnia, which requires that dogs are kept in good conditions in shelters and that only suffering dogs be ‘euthanised’. It is well known that dogs are routinely killed in shelters, regardless of health, and usually by extraordinarily inhumane methods: injections of bleach, clubbing and so on. The next session of the BiH Parliament will be held October 5th 2013 and at the session the issue about the animal welfare law in Bosnia will be heard. Examples of the law being violated are critically needed for presentation at the session. Please sign the petition on this post BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT.

Relevant articles from this blog:

Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend PART TWO
Mass Graves Found Near Dog “Shelter”

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

BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT

xxxNew petition:
BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT

Please sign and share. Every time someone signs, an email goes out to all to the authorities responsible for animal welfare in Bosnia Herzegovina. It’s critical that these authorities are notified of our outrage and that they do something – or else they very well might consider the approach Romania has taken.
An employee of the Animal Survey AdminisThe Romanian government has given the green-light to the mass killing of tens and thousands of stray dogs in the country’s capital.

Please read the copy of the petition letter below as it has important information regarding the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

bihac_18_894824008“Millions of citizens from the EU and worldwide care deeply about animal welfare and are sickened to read constant reports of horrific animal cruelty occurring in Bosnia and Herzegovina and about the shocking and increasing numbers of stray dogs in the city streets. 

The problem with stray animals in this country must be addressed in a humane, forward-seeking way: compulsory spay neuter of companion animals; compulsory microchipping and registration; public education on responsible ownership and humane treatment of all animals. 

bihac_9_250659229Many international animal welfare organizations cite Bosnia as the country with the most reports of animal abuse and suffering. It seems that the society views stray dogs and cats as nothing more than a vermin to be exterminated – or worse. 

Deliberate animal abuse is rife: there is the famous case in Ilidža, where two men put a rocket explosive firework into a young German Shepherd’s mouth and duct-taped his jaws shut, setting the rocket alight. The firework caused substantial injuries to the dog’s face, but did not kill him. He wandered about for five days before being finally rescued by animal welfare volunteers. The dog had to be euthanized. The dog’s injuries were documented by photograph and video and can be seen on the internet. Nearly 200,000 people signed petitions asking the Bosnian and Herzegovinian authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice, but nothing was done. 

sirotica2Dogs are routinely poisoned, used as bait for dog fighting; chucked into rivers to drown; beheaded, beaten, starved. Cats suffer equally appalling treatment. 

Torture and killing of animals is a criminal offense in Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of such crimes very rarely occur. The usual response of police officers to reports of animal abuse is that these are “unimportant offenses.” It is evident that police officers, prosecutors and judges are not trained to understand the link between animal abuse and crimes against people. 

549354_4326621764291_140681260_nThis link has been well documented over several decades. Studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. In the USA, the FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse.

399234_10200259411870754_856068770_nAccording to a 1997 study, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse. Professionals in the veterinary, animal control and animal welfare fields are now seeing companion animal overpopulation as a “people problem” rather than an animal problem with the individual and collective behaviour of people as a causal agent. 

EdogmainmainThe problem of companion animal, particularly dog overpopulation in Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a problem of epidemic proportions. It is understandable that citizens of the country are concerned about the spread of disease, and about being attacked by dogs. Unfortunately this concern only contributes to the negative view and inhumane treatment of the dogs. 

Furthermore, animal rescuers are generally considered to be “fools”, people who “do not have anything better to do.” This indicates that the society in this country does not understand those who are unable to fight for themselves and their rights and has a complete lack of empathy for those who suffer. This means the society as a whole has a pathological feature: animal abuse can be a symptom not only of a personality disorder, but the disorder of a society. 

mainUntil the government and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina understand these wider implications of animal abuse and neglect, the animal overpopulation will not stop. It is vital that these implications are understood by all and that adequate means are implemented to address the situation in a lasting and humane manner. 

x149817_4890386900308_747103127_nThe dog shelters of Bosnia and Herzegovina are not a solution: not only are the conditions entirely inhumane in most, if not all, state shelters, but it is common knowledge that such shelters are used to launder money from public budgets. Even when good shelters are set up they fail: a model dog shelter set up in Brcko District had to close after eight years because it was subject to sabotage, threats, abuse, theft and illegitimate lawsuits.

bihac_19_676436527However, the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina states that shelters for stray animals must be built and maintained, and this Act includes shelter guidelines which ensure all necessary conditions for a successful and humane shelter. Therefore, all those responsible for the numerous “horror shelters” of this country should be punished by law; and shelters should be built and maintained according to the Animal Protection and Welfare Act. It is necessary that foreign animal welfare organization control the conditions in Bosnian-Herzegovinian shelters and that they educate and manage the people who work in these shelters to ensure that there is no corruption or reduction of standards. 

maindogCurrently population control and promotion of spaying and neutering as well as implementation of the animal welfare law is not in any shelter manager’s interest because they want and need a constant flow of new dogs so they can justify the funds spent each month from the budget. We have access to images from the state dog shelter in Banja Luka, the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These images show dogs that were killed by injections of bleach and a dog killed by other dogs. Dogs in shelters are known to be ‘euthanised’ inhumanely in a number of ways including clubbing. Images from other state shelters show starving dogs and dog corpses left amongst living dogs. 

327301_4334149714089_1163442309_oCritically, Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to implement a countrywide, compulsory spay neuter law for all dogs and cats, whether they are stray or not (owned dogs and cats are left unsterilized and free to roam, contributing to the problem), imposing hefty fines on those who disregard the law. Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens. Male animals contribute to the companion animal overpopulation crisis even more than females do. Just one unsterilized male animal can impregnate dozens of females, creating dozens upon dozens of unwanted offspring. 

A-puppy-farm-001Housing strays in shelters after sterilisation programs is also detrimental. A spay neuter program for strays must be C-N-R (catch-neuter-return), which is in fact the only humane and proven method to successfully curb stray animal populations, sterilising and then returning dogs to the territory where they have been caught. If the dogs are not returned back to their territory, the reproduction rate will rise directly with the catching rate (in an area where 50% of the dogs are caught and removed from the territory the rest of the 50% will breed in larger numbers due to the fact that they will use the whole food resources available). The empty place created by dogs being removed will be occupied by other dogs in search of food and shelter. 

523269_10200460462296889_1693171137_nHowever, if the dog is returned to his/her territory, he/she will fight off and keep away newer dogs from entering his/her area, including those that are probably not sterilized and thus stop the reproduction in this area. Their number will stabilize in this manner, and reduce, slowly, but surely. 

184191_579177658760695_1527575096_n“Catch & kill” or “catch & incarcerate” policies have failed in many countries. Cities that have successfully managed and curbed their stray animal population were those that opted for “catch & return”, such Oradea in Romania, which had a stray animal population of 4,000 dogs in 2006. This has been reduced to 270 dogs in 2011 without putting to death a single animal. C-N-R is also a cost effective approach. Romanian Animal welfare organisation SOS Dogs calculated the cost over 10 years of “neuter and return” versus “catch and kill”: in a town of 200,000 people with 8,000 dogs the cost over 10 years for “catch and return” was calculated at 995.000 Euros, and the cost of Catch & Kill was calculated at 1.8 million Euros with no long term reduction in the unsupervised dog population achieved. 

483805_587839007894560_686278292_nIt is imperative that Bosnia and Herzergovina make such measures as stated above a priority. The Eurogroup for Animal Welfare is strongly urging the European Commission to adopt adequate steps to ensure that all companion animals are properly treated to protect their health and welfare.

If it is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s wish to join the EU it would seem that until their government takes crimes against defenseless, sentient animals seriously they will not be a fit country to be accepted into the EU. 

Regardless of EU membership, for the sake not only of the animals but the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, internationally agreed-upon guiding principles on humane stray animal population control must be implemented, with resources allocated to ensure such principles are understood and followed by all citizens including those in the police and judicial authorities.” 

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Please sign and share the petition:
BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT

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Relevant articles from this blog:

Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend PART TWO
Mass Graves Found Near Dog “Shelter”

HRESA “SHELTER”:

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Part One

Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven

Other relevant information, links, websites:

Care2 Petition: Demand Investigation into Horror Shelter in Hresa, Bosnia

Thinktank Policy Brief on the issue of animal welfare in Bosnia Herzegovina November 2012 (PDF)

Making the Link – A study to identify psychological effects of children regularly exposed to uncontrolled community animal abuse and evaluation of efficacy of interventions.

Occupy For Animals
Occupy for Animals – Petitions to the European Union

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

______________________________________________

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.

Bella Needs a Paw (and a home…)

1186986_548069258593306_908943720_nRecently Sarajevo based animal welfare and rescue organisation Andjeo Sarajevo went on a feeding round of strays. They saw this beautiful dog. She has no paw on one of her front legs. They worried about her, as clearly life on the streets would be much harder for her than for a dog with all paws. Along with our group, AWAB Andjeo Sarajevo decided to rescue her, giving her the name ‘Bella’. However, funds are desperately needed as there are several other critical cases, including one dog who was recently found with a severe injury and had to have her hind leg amputated. But we could not leave Bella on the streets to fend for herself (remember that Bosnia is a country where stray dogs are generally considered to be vermin – they are poisoned, shot, tortured).

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We have been seeking advice about Bella’s paw, as it is concerning that she might be suffering with infection or if it would be easier for her to walk if she had an amputation. Our experience of vets in Bosnia is that they will always do a ‘high amputation’, and this seems very drastic for this dog.

1234569_548625948537637_479215125_nBased on the photographs, the overriding consensus was not to amputate unless there is infection that warrants such. A prosthesis might assist her and she needs to be monitored as there could be a problem with her paw that can cause it to start to dry off, in which case she could start chewing it to rip it off by herself…

Tomorrow morning she will go into pension, in the hope that someone will fall in love with her and offer her a home outside of Bosnia. If you would like to adopt her, please contact us.

In the meantime funds are needed to keep her safe off the streets in pension (120 euros a month, about 160 USD) and for a veterinary check up and x-ray of her leg. From her ear tag it seems she has already been spayed but she will need to be vaccinated. Please help!

This is what the rescuers say:

1231413_548078471925718_453553322_n“People who were feeding Bella told us that a month ago she wondered off and came back with half of her paw missing and with wounds on her ears and neck. Someone attacked her, but we don’t know whether it was a dog or a human. We only know that she was suffering very much and these people didn’t know to whom to turn to. We discovered her accidentally. We went to feed one pack and she was in the pack, and asking around we found out this story. Ideal solution for her would be for someone to adopt her and get her a prosthesis of the paw. Here (in Bosnia) vets only do amputations, nobody is making prosthesis and unfortunately nobody would adopt her here. Please can somebody adopt her, save her, her paw, her life. She would make you very happy, she is very tame and peaceful…as soon as we came she was leaping with joy and kissed me!

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

______________________________________________

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.