The following is a translation of the article published yesterday on Tacno.net: Shelter dogs in Prijedor
The only shelter for stray animals in Prijedor area is located on Kurevo Hill, on the local landfill, eight kilometres away from Prijedor. The shelter opened in 2009.
According to official information, since then, for four years, they have killed 2000 dogs.
“In spite of many organizations for animal rights and animal welfare repeatedly stating publicly the horrible conditions in Prijedor dog “shelter“, the situation is unchanged and has remained the same for years.
“When you visit the shelter, it’s not unusual to see dogs eating dead dogs, or to see dogs starving, freezing or dehydrated,“ said our interviewee who wants to stay anonymous for their safety.
For the shelter’s maintenance Prijedor municipality allocates 108 000 KM (about 55,000 Euros). If that money actually is used for the dogs is still under question. Our interviewee, harshly judged the authorities who, in her own words, “treat dogs extremely cruelly and inhumanely.”
“I was the witness when dog catchers from Komunalne Usluge company caught a dog with a gripper and, while the dog still had that cable around its neck, the worker threw the dog into the trunk. The dog’s neck had been broken and everything happened in front of children. Can you even imagine how many similar cases happened that no one witnessed? For animal abuse, no one is held responsible and especially the authorities are not held responsible,” claimed our interviewee.
Locals say that dog catchers mainly catch dogs early in the morning. For the constant problem of a large number of stray dogs on the streets, locals blame the people from the abroad (local people who work abroad and come home for holidays) who seasonally “adopt” dogs, and later leave them on the street.
Another major problem are hunters who experiment with inbreeding hunting dogs, as well as combinations of different breeds of working dogs. All unwanted puppies are left on the street. Also, their own dogs are usually free to walk around on street and breed with strays.
“In some parts of the municipality towards Mount Kozara there are packs of wild dogs that kill sheep and owner’s dogs in the yard. When the dogs wander into the hunt zone, hunters just kill them all. On the other hand, there are places where such dog packs are far away from hunting area and shelter workers should act to catch these dogs as a priority. However, they claim that they cannot do anything with these dogs because they are neither equipped nor trained to catch them. There is no need to mention what problem they represent because nothing is being done to control the population of dogs in general.
The streets are still full of abandoned and abused animals, and for the four years of the shelter’s existence and over 2,000 dead dogs later, the problem is still there. Nothing is achieved by killing, ” says our interviewee.
The Law on the Protection and Welfare of Animals has provided measures to control the population of stray animals and to prevent irresponsible ownership in the Prijedor region, as in many other parts of B&H, but nothing has been done about it. Spay and neuter programs don’t exist, there is no register of ownership of dogs and cats. Irresponsible ownership is not prevented, nor are there any training programs on the need for humane treatment of animals.
Zoran Bulić, the manager of the working unit “Deponija”, who is also in charge of the dogs’ shelter, told us during a phone conversation, that, due to bad experience with the media, he did not want to give any statements via telephone. He asked us to deliver the questions to him in writing, but even after we have delivered inquiries in writing Mr. Bulić failed to respond.”
The photo above was taken in January 2012. It was taken by a man from Ljubija town (Prijedor Municipality) who wanted to drop off puppies at the shelter that he found near his home. When he arrived at the shelter he saw that dogs inside the shelter were eating a dead dog. He took pictures and returned home with the puppies that his wife took care of and found homes for throughout 2012.
The following photographs were taken at the ‘shelter’ 2011:
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