As reported on Taco.net, two days ago Edina Pašić of the animal rescue charity Andjeo Sarajevo and Fahrudin Bravo were assaulted when they attempted to prevent the catching of dogs in Ilijaš, a municipality located north east of the inner city of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Edin Ismo, one of the dog catchers, lashed out with his keys at Fahrudin Bravo, causing multiple facial cuts. Edina Pašić was also injured as she tried to intervene. Fahrudin Bravo was arrested and held for 24 hours. Edina Pašić was assisted by friends and treated in emergency care. Both have been charged for “obstruction of officers in their work”.
“This would not be so hard if we managed to save the dogs,’ said Edina Pašić. ‘We have been told that nine puppies have been killed.’
Lawyer and animal welfare activist Dalida Kozlić states that the charges against the activists will not be accepted by the court since the charges are for obstructing the work of “authorised” personnel, and the dog catchers are not authorised official persons.
The dog catchers are employed by the ‘hygiene service’ created by Semir Efendic, the Mayor of Sarajevo’s Novi Grad Municipality. The intentions behind this ‘hygiene service’ are not to implement humane and effective methods of population control like TNR (trap-neuter-return) but, in a ploy to garner public support, to simply eliminate the stray dog population by any means possible. For more information about the infamous (and illegal) ‘hygiene service’ of Sarajevo please see Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy.
If you want to help, funds are desperately needed to support the ongoing legal investigation of and action against the activities of the dog-catchers and ‘hygiene service’. Please donate whatever you can to assist – nothing is too small. You can donate via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your donation for ‘advocacy and legal costs’.
You can also donate to assist reportage of the activities via Journalists for Animals.
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Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!
Funds are needed to help individual rescues, for spay-neuter projects, for education also to continue advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.
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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Even just one dollar or one euro will help make a difference.