Dog’s Skull Deliberately Crushed in Bosnia Herzegovina

ah-jada-600x300Two brutal attacks on dogs have been reported this week in Bosnia Herzegovina.

Dog brutally beaten to death in Kotor Varos ( article)
April 30, 2014
English translation:

1959349_307178286097346_709239998119837147_n“The inhumane treatment of animals frequently shocks public in Bosnia and in the region, but what happened in Kotor Varos town does not deserve just verbal condemnation. A dog, its name was Martin, was so savagely beaten that even help that good people provided was futile.

1972511_307177792764062_6356610595001470568_nIt was possible to see that broken bones and injuries were not caused by a firearm, injuries were caused by blunt force. The dog was beaten on its head by some sort of tool, its skull was completely crushed and veterinarians were startled when they saw that the dog was still alive.
10250238_307178186097356_7593832231497191230_nVeterinarians from Banjaluka tried to save the dog, they cleaned the wounds and they tried to clean the skull from bone fragments and to stitch the head but when they saw how bad trauma on she skull was they decided that putting dog to sleep was best option.

10268697_306905656124609_5544447127408288809_nAlthough the animal welfare and protection law in Bosnia exists, it’s not being implemented and enforced, one of the reasons why it is so is because cases as this one are purposefully being omitted from legal processing.

Let’s remember Novo Milakovic from Potkozarje (who works at local authorities office in MZ Dragocaj) killed a golden retriever, justifying his act by claiming how the dog attacked his sheep. He will be punished appropriately, let’s hope for it, but the question is will Martin’s murderer be uncovered?”

martinR.I.P Martin

Also on Brutal attack on pet dog in Sarajevo
April 29, 2014
English translation follows:

“”He threw the two months old puppy, she was launched two meters in the air just because she peed on the grass.”

A Reader of our portal Dijana Knezevic from Sarajevo contacted us in order to indicate occurence of more frequent attack of citizens against dogs that have owners in Sarajevo.

“I took my dog for a medical check up at veterinary faculty in Sarajevo and I met a man there who held in his arms a Doberman puppy, 2-3 months old, she was completely disoriented and her rear paw was broken.”

The woman who brought her own dog so that a blood transfusion could be done for the puppy that was attacked stated that a man grabbed the puppy and forcefully threw it in the air just because she peed on a public space.

The woman added: “A fight between the dog owner and the man started and police arrived some time later.”

The doberman puppy that has survived the brutal attack is currently in very bad condition and veterinarians are struggling to save her life.

Dijana Knezevec and board of portal ask the ruling authorities: For how long will attacks against dogs pass without being culprits being punished and for how long will attacking dogs be considered as a part of ordinary and socially acceptable behaviour in our society?”


Please note that In Bosnia and Herzegovina torture and killing animals is a criminal offence, punishable by fine or imprisonment. However, the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of such crimes very rarely occur.

Related posts:

Dog Slaughter in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina
Yet another brutal dog murder in Bosnia Herzegovina
Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
More than 40 killed dogs found in garbage dump
Poisoning of Dogs and Cats in Glamoc, Bosnia Herzegovina
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Mass Murder of Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina
Dog Massacre in Dobosnica, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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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.

Strays Deliberately Massacred by Trained Fighting Dogs

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Yesterday around 2 p.m in the town centre one more horrific drama against the strays of Sarajevo occurred. Unknown persons with purebred fighting dogs, pit bulls and sStaffordshire bull terriers, dogs reported to be used in dog fights, set their dogs against abandoned dogs and strays. At least four of the strays died from injuries caused by the attacks, others are missing or wounded.

10270495_10203820394373091_3568630618396588448_nThis is not happening for the first time. Already two months constantly we have been calling the police, but the patrol came only today when the streams of blood flowed down the street.

People in the neighbourhood are known to be ordering the killing of stray dogs. We hope that next time will not hurt someone’s child. Anyone who treats animals like this today, tomorrow will treat people in the same way,” said a neighbour who witnessed the event.

The case was reported to the local police authorities. Residents are hoping that this time they will do their job because they are afraid for their own safety.

Article in The slaughter of stray dogs in Sarajevo.

Someone took a video of some of the attack, with one of the men involved clearly visible and flinging a large tree branch at the strays:

10006087_10203823803458316_4186946809907017188_oAn animal rescuer assisting in the rescue of the survivors said: “This is the worst day in my life, these dogs never bite anyone and they live there a long time now, they just live in a bad street where drug dealers sell drugs.”

What is additionally sad is that these dogs come from a pack fifteen dogs Marianne’s Dog Food Bank are helping with food and demodex treatment.  They were just beginning to grow hair and respond to the demodex treatment.

Marianne Søndergaard states: “I have arranged for the surviving dogs to have a place where they can be safe for a few days. I pray things are well for the people looking for them and that I will have news tomorrow morning.”

Assistance is needed to help the survivors. If you can help please donate via Paypal directly to MDFB at and mark for ‘Dogs surviving Sarajevo Massacre’.


One of the survivors, safe now

Please note that MDFB is already struggling to continue their work in Bosnia Herzegovina and are desperate for funds to keep open their two little Dawn’s Nest heavens for strays, so any help is greatly appreciated. More information on their website.


Surviving dogs brought to safety

If you want to help please visit the MDFB website: and Facebook group for more information. Or make a donation directly via PayPal:

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Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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: . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.


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.

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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.