Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy

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General elections will be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina on October 12, 2014. As always, election ploys to garner votes are underway.

3puppiescrOne of these ploys is to address the problem of the stray dog population in Sarajevo Canton. It is a problem. There are far too many strays in Sarajevo, as there are throughout Bosnia Herzegovina. But instead of applying what is a very good law on the Protection and Welfare of Animals of BiH, a law that includes the provision for ongoing spay neuter campaigns and of adequate shelters, the politicians decide, just before elections, to highlight an issue with dog bites and make a grand show of offering solutions by setting up a dog catching service and pouring funds into this service. In fact they have stated it will cost annually 680,000KM (340,000 Euros or 450,000 USD) to implement this service, and they have already allocated 88,000KM (45,000 Euros or 58,000 USD) for the cost of nine employees designated to this service, which includes a ‘hotline’ for citizens to report dog bites.


1926756_10203820394093084_4071306860381399917_nZlatko Petrović, Minister of Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection states that the number of dogs bites this year is 600. But nowhere is it stated what dogs make up this number and in what circumstances. Dog fighting is illegal but rife in Bosnia Herzegovina. Do any of these bites happen during these fights? And do any of these bites occur from owned dogs? Or from dogs suffering during abuse, or even in during normal veterinary procedures?

During my recent visit to Bosnia, I encountered numerous strays. Every single one of them either came up for a cuddle, or hurried away timidly. I spent considerable time with a supposedly aggressive pack of stray dogs. The two eight year old boys from Germany I was travelling with hugged these ‘aggressive’ dogs closely without mishap.

“Aggressive” stray dogs…fixedP1020310Note also that P. E. “Rad”, a company hired for dog catching and disposal of corpses, was in fact shut down in 2009 by the Veterinary Inspection of Canton Sarajevo, because its methods were illegal and contrary to the provisions of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act. Is it likely that their methods will have changed?

Also, the figure allocated as being necessary for the service to proceed must be considered in another context: P.E. Lokom, the public utility (‘hygiene’) service (established by the municipality) that will work in conjunction with P. E. Rad, has a shortfall in its budget this year of nearly 500,000KM.

Is it conceivable that a shortfall will be covered fully, or to a large extent from 680.000 KM ‘estimated annual operating costs’ aimed to fund the “dangerous dogs special team?” This being Bosnia, sure,” states Zoltan Milic, consultant economist in International Trade and Development.

P1020706Of Lokom’s operational and budget procedures, Milic says, “How do they generate income? I don’t know. According to Sarajevo Canton Novi Grad’s municipal budget – Novi Grad established P.E. Lokom, to “manage and operate” facilities owned by the municipality on their behalf – the municipal direct transfer to Lokom is 250.000 KM with an additional ‘transfer to hygienic services with veterinary services within Lokom enterprise’ of 110.000 KM. Out of this 110K, 35.000KM was for ‘costs of care of sheltered animals’ and an additional 30.000KM was redirected from the funds previously earmarked to Cantonal Veterinary Services for spaying and neutering.”

Note that P.E. Lokom has no dealings whatsoever with any dog shelters or spay neuter programs…

Animal activist and rescuer Ivana Tomic from Tuzla says this about the stray dog population: “A solution exists, far cheaper than 680.000KM if we take into account that these funds are available to only ONE canton, but the solutions can’t be realized overnight. This entire charade that I am watching, discussions regarding the hatred and aggression toward the four-legged beings that have bigger hearts than many of the people who I know including some that I am related to, is nothing other than hiding evidence of wasted funds that have disappeared without a trace, which were allocated for the solution of the stray dog problem.

Existing shelters in Canton Sarajevo are so poorly maintained dogs are better off on the streets if it were not for the efforts of activists – if they are allowed to help out, which frequently they are not.

P1020736In Gladno Polje public shelter in Sarajevo, housing around 200 dogs, there was no running water on the day I visited. In the pens, the stench of fear, illness and excrement was literally unbearable.

One of the activists helping at Gladno Pojle says: “The only thing the shelter pays for is water, since there hasn’t been any electricity in the building for over a year, because of the damage to the roof of the building, which is leaking every time it rains.”

For photographs and videos of Gladno Polje public shelter from a recent visit, please go here. In this blog do a search on ‘shelters’ and you will find out more about the ‘horror’ shelters of Bosnia Herzegovina.

P1020557Please also note director and film animator Vesko Kadic’s public letter made in 2013 to the mayor of Sarajevo just prior to the elections. (Translation is here.) It clearly shows that the current situation is exactly the same as last year and that absolutely no progress is made on implementing the animal welfare law. Instead, government ministers seek to secure their position and their lifestyle.

For an idea on the BiH government approach, please read the Ambassador’s Notes: Embassy Sarajevo Views from U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where David Barth, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Bosnia and Herzegovina and COL Scott Miller, U.S. Defense Attaché state:

At the donor conference held in July, the international community pledged over 800 10369218_10204120587317727_3543942644690743735_nmillion Euros in assistance for the flood-affected areas.  More than 100 million Euros of this money has already been spent or programmed by the international community in the immediate aftermath of the humanitarian disaster and now in the recovery effort.  However, international institutions have offered more than half a billion Euros in assistance to the government of BiH for purposes of flood relief and recovery.  Little to none has reached citizens or municipalities in need.  Four months after the initial floods, politicians throughout BiH have no real plans, or even serious ideas, to offer for recovery.  Flood victims have seen little to nothing except for empty promises and excuses from their leaders. These same leaders instead quickly apply international assistance to fill their coffers to cover existing budget shortfalls that are the result of their policies, with little directed for flood response.

P1020072Animal welfare activists want to use all legal means to end this horror, to save stray dogs and to make sure the government implements the existing  Animal Protection and Welfare Act and that this dog catching and killing spree stops.

Many activists and rescuers are keeping vigil on the streets at night, and not only in Sarajevo.

A rescuer from a town north in central Bosnia Herzegovina who takes care of the strays in her area says: “The dogs here are also in danger, it is not just Sarajevo killing strays, they started to do it here 10 days ago, maybe two weeks ago, but I never thought it will be for real. Now I’m spending every night outside, or going around three or four times, to make sure my pack will be ok, we lost “just” two of them. I have to watch my dogs, and all together – I’m so tired, but I have to be sure that my dogs will survive.  My pack will not be killed as long as i can spend my nights outside, but it can’t be forever, I have to move them.

Stray dogs are frequently gunned down in Bosnia Herzegovina, and the Sarajevo government’s new policy, widely reported in the media can only give encouragement to more killing. See today’s news item concerning two men with guns killing stray dogs in Kozarska Dubica, a town in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina. This horror was witnessed by primary school children. “It happened at the very entrance of the school, the sight of a large number of children.” (English translation here)

Another “aggressive” stray dog, in Sarajevo: 

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HOW TO HELP: currently activists need funds for legal proceedings and also to keep their rescues safely off the streets in pensions. If you can help, donation details are at the bottom of this page. Also please sign the following petitions:

Petitions:
BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT
Stop massive killing of dogs in Sarajevo
Petition to save Bosnia’s stray dogs! Please sign!
Also see the petitions on the Petitions page.

Related articles in this blog:
Stop the Killing of Strays in Sarajevo
Bosnia: Sarajevo set to become the next Bucharest
BOSNIA: kill and slaughter until the dog is no more…
Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!

Related media:
Why is a Sarajevo government dog service causing such panic?
Ambassador’s Notes: Embassy Sarajevo Views from U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jelena Paunović: I got bi’en by a dog in the election campaign /  Jelena Paunović: Uj’o me cuko u predizbornoj kampanji
Masovni pokolj pasa u KS košta 680.000 KMMassive dog slaughter in Canton Sarajevo will cost 340 000 EUR
AlJazeera: Kontekst: Problem zbrinjavanja pasa u Sarajevu  (Context: The problem of disposal of dogs in Sarajevo)
Emergency phone numbers available for Canton Sarajevo residents to report dog attacks / Hitni telefoni za prijavu napada pasa dostupni građanima KS
Criminal Charges Pressed Against Acting Prime Minister in The Government of Sarajevo Due to Forming Illegal Dog Catching Service
Bosnia: Sarajevo creates unit ‘to catch stray dogs’
U državama u kojima ne vlada zakon prava, vlada zakon linča
Stranka za BiH: Odluka Vlade KS o uklanjanju napuštenih pasa je neustavna i nezakonita
Sarajevo: Podnesena kaznena prijava zbog formiranja ilegalnog šintorskog servisa

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DONATIONS

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.

Donations are managed by AWABosnia, an independent group of animal advocates. On their website, 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 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. Even just one dollar or one euro will help make a difference.

Bosnia: Desperate situation in the state owned shelter for dogs in Doboj

Bosnia: Desperate situation in the state owned shelter for dogs in Doboj

From Journalists for Animals blog:
August 28 2014:

Animal rights activists visited yesterday the state owned dog shelter located within the Sport and recreational center Preslica”” which is located 12 km away from Doboj. The situation is more than scary just like it was in the previous years – reported the activists.

“The stories circulate in Doboj that there are no dogs to be found in Preslica and that the shelter has been closed for a long time” – one woman said to us. We went to check what that is all about.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAIt was raining. There was a zoo once, not far from the dog pound, which was now grown over by grass. In the distance, you could see the gate and hear the dogs barking.

We got out of the car. The dogs were barking. First thing we saw are the open doors on cages for dogs that were overcrowded till yesterday. We saw a dog in the small cage at the very entrance. It was barking and it seemed like with its barking, the dog was begging us to save it from this hell. Its cage was full of feces mixed with dry dog food. As it was raining, this food, obviously left by some good soul so it doesn’t starve, was slowly turning into a red stain….

For more on this story with additional pictures, please click here.

Related posts:
Activists from Sarajevo visit Doboj dog shelter
Shelter Tragedy: A biased Media?
Dog eaten alive by worms in Bosnian dog ‘shelter

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed for spay-neuter projects, to help individual rescues but also to continue advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

Donations are managed by AWABosnia, an independent group of animal advocates. On their website, 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 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. Even just one dollar or one euro will help make a difference.bannerfinal

Facebook is Swamped with Appeals for Help for Animals – Why Help Us?

Facebook is Swamped with Appeals for Help for Animals – Why Help Us?

Facebook is full of desperate appeals for help by animal activists from all over the world. They publish their sad stories while asking people to financially support their projects…. read more

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed for spay-neuter projects, to help individual rescues but also to continue advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

Donations are managed by AWABosnia, an independent group of animal advocates. On their website, 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 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. Even just one dollar or one euro will help make a difference.

BOSNIA: kill and slaughter until the dog is no more…

Ranjeni-pas-2-Azil-prijatelji-Čakovec1-635x300There are continued reports of dog catchers – ‘Hygiene Services’ –  brutalising and terrorising strays in Bosnia Herzegovina. Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and animal rescuer has filed charges against Hygiene Services  P.E. “Lokum” of Novi Grad for their activities in Sarajevo. You can read full details of these charges here.

The following is a summary of the charges:

bloodThe Hygiene Service does not have a licence. It is an illegal firm financed from the budget funds, which presents a criminal offence of money laundering. Stray dogs caught by the workers of this Hygiene Service have been disappearing under unclear circumstances.

Mustafa Mrkulić, a veterinarian in the veterinarian station “Stup” performs illegal euthanasia of stray dogs for his personal gain. Since euthanasia of stray animals without medical cause (which must be established by an authorized official veterinarian) represents murder of an animal with an intent, and in order to make financial gain, Mrkulic Mustafa has been committing a criminal offence of torturing and killing of animals.

1512740_584800801607348_1886816112_nThe pattern of criminal activity is clear here: “hygienic service” of P. E. “Lokom” catches stray dogs and then takes them to be killed in C. P. E. “Veterinary Station Stup”. P. E. “Lokom”, which is financed from the budget of Municipality Novo Sarajevo, invoices catching of stray dogs through a legally non-existent hygienic service, and C. P. E. “Veterinary Station” invoices non-existent veterinary processing and diagnostic (in the meantime, dogs are not being veterinary processed but killed).

Kill and slaughter until the dog is no more!
The following is an excerpt of an article published on Taco.net on 15/06/2014. For the full English translation please see Journalists for Animals.

I heard a great noise, and came out to see what was happening. What I saw was horrible: Hresa shelter employees and two employees of the Logavina local community had broken into the back yard of the “Mula Mustafa Baseskija” Elementary school, they had forced some dogs into the yard, and one of them was pulling a dog up the stairs by a noose. On the top of the stairs, secretary of the local community “Logavina”, Nermin Dzino, was waiting. He was beating the dogs with a metal stick. Bloody dogs were put into cages and then into a vehicle”.

That was the testimony of Alma Tefterdija, who witnessed Bosnian vision of the implementation of the Animal Welfare and Protection Act on June 9th 2014 on Toroman’s street in Sarajevo. Since she accidentally found herself in the back yard of the Mula Mustafa Baseskija Elementary that day, and dared to stand up to the people who were beating dogs with metal sticks, Sarajevo Canton PD issued a misdemeanour notification against Alma Tefterdija for public disturbance…..CULLture

…Since the problem of stray dogs exists in the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina and considering that the “stupid dogs” do not understand the entity borders, Mayor Hadzibajric has signed a contract for cooperation between Stari Grad municipality and the company “Glog” Ltd from Istocno Sarajevo who owns Hresa shelter.

“Glog” Ltd, run by Slavisa Jovcic, is apparently doing a great job “housing” the dogs in Hresa since the shelter not only has a contract with Stari Grad municipality, but also with the municipalities of Pale, Sokolac, Milci, Vlasenica, Srebrenica and the municipalities from Istocno Sarajevo.

The question is: How does a shelter that has, believe it or not, 18 stalls, solve the problems of thousands upon thousands of Federal and Republic of Srpska dogs of Bosnia?

Very easily.

As we would say, through orderly documentation.

Republic of Srpska has the original version of the Animal welfare and protection law in power, which allows for humane euthanasia of animals who are not adopted within 30 days of reaching the shelter.

You will no doubt ask how the process of humane euthanasia, which Mayor Hadzibajric pays 58 KM per dog looks in this shelter whose work costs the Congress of Istocno Sarajevo 130 000 KM of budget money.

According to testimonies of the animal welfare organizations who visited Hresa, dogs in the 18 stalls are starved, covered with water in sub zero temperatures, left without water for days, and the pups are humanely euthanized with clubs. As you can see, every problem has a solution, especially when the solution is performed by the veterinary inspector and if there is orderly documentation since the laws of this country must be obeyed.

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As Jelena Paunović, activist and journalist, states in her blog, Bosnia: Floods and what comes next :

In most of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for no justifiable reason, the Animal welfare and protection act is not being carried out. The land is sodden with blood and mines spread across it, thanks to the butchers. Clearly as long as the inspections keep sleeping, blood is inevitable.

On the other hand, no matter what you read in the local media or on FB, there are few who report the breaking of this Act. They mostly don’t want to make their cousins, neighbours or brothers who are in one of the leading political parties mad.

In the meantime, rivers of innocent dog blood are flowing.


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RELATED POSTS:

Hreša Shelter:
Horror Shelter Hreša – Back in Action
Earlier Investigations:
November 2012
Part One  – Part Two – Part Three
December 2012 – February 2013
Part Four – Part Five – Part Six – Part Seven

Shelters in Bosnia Herzegovina:
THE HORROR SHELTERS OF BOSNIA – SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

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”

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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.

Horror Shelter Hreša – Back in Action

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We have heard reports that dog catchers from Hreša “shelter” in the Republika Srpska  (one of two political entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina), with the help of local community workers are working every day in Sarajevo, outside of their legal jurisdiction.

Two days ago they were in the old town, they caught a couple of dogs, there was blood all over the place. It all happened in elementary school yard,” said one activist.

Reports say dogs were chased and beaten with iron rods. “Police were called to the scene but did not intervene, instead they issued a sentence for disturbing public order and peace to the citizens who stood up in defence of the dogs and rebelled against the abuse of animals.

We await further reports.

RELATED POSTS:
Hresa Shelter
Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four – Part Five – Part Six – Part Seven

Shelters in Bosnia Herzegovina
THE HORROR SHELTERS OF BOSNIA – SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

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”

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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.

Hell Hole for Dogs in Bihać – PART TWO

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Please read my August 12th post about Gorjevac ‘shelter’ in Bihać, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

1474611_770877299605727_1475971568_nTo reiterate: This shelter was built in June 2012, and conditions were reported as inhumane as soon as December, 2012.  It is said that this Gorjevac “death camp” is built on top of a mass grave where “euthanized” animals were buried.

There is no adequate food or medical care for the existing dogs. In winter, conditions are worse than dire. These recent photographs speak for themselves. Nothing but white bread for food. Corpses of dogs and puppies left amongst living dogs. Dogs devouring dogs they are so hungry. 

1476134_770878582938932_1458826698_nAs with so many of the so-called shelters in Bosnia-Herzegovina, this situation is complex and it seems once again the shelter is used to funnel money into human pockets and not spend it on those it is designated for: the dogs.

It is our understanding that the director of the city’s veterinary station Dr. Zekerijah Ika Alagić is to blame what is happening in Gorjevac ‘shelter’, Bihać: as elsewhere, money intended for dogs is not used for them. Instead workers feed the dogs with dry bread. Dr. Zekerijah Ika Alagić has been director of the veterinary station for 22 years, and is called by local activists the “Eternal Director”.

newspaperarticlebihacIt seems Dr. Ika Alagić  is protected by the Municipal Mayor of the city, Emdzad Galijasevic. In an article published in local newspapers  Dr. Ika Alagić denies everything and says that the images you see on this page and in the slideshow below are fake.

The Bihać animal welfare Association “SALVATION” (SPAS) with volunteers and President Rosic Senad has for many years been leading a battle to change the situation for the dogs, but the political parties are very powerful.

If you are wondering why we are campaigning so hard to ensure amendments to the BiH Animal Welfare Act are voted against tomorrow in BiH Parliament, it is because the amendments will allow for continued misuse of funds intended for the benefit of the strays, but more importantly, all efforts should instead be made to ensure that the existing Animal Welfare Act is implemented.

1475885_770877902939000_260306746_nThe laws for animal welfare in BIH are in fact very good, requiring proper care for strays in shelters, prosecution of those who abuse animals and so on, but these laws are simply ignored. Instead the BiH Parliament spends time and energy on discussing, preparing and voting for amendments that will chip away at the welfare laws and meanwhile they ignore the ongoing illegal activities against animals throughout the country.

Please sign the petitions, but more importantly continue to write to your MEP if you live in Europe and to your Embassy in BiH. Details on Action to Take. 

1459168_770877662939024_2018829636_nTo help the dogs of Bihać Shelter, donations can currently be made by bank transfer to SPAS, the Bihać animal welfare group:
Uni Credit Bank Bihać
BI10 20011855001
Local Reporting Code 502012
IBA 393385004861224662

Or via Paypal to AWAB, send it to donations@awabosnia.org as outlined below but please mark it ‘for BIHAC’

And please keep contacting IFAWFour PawsWVS and The Harmony Fund in case they can provide assistance.

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Animal welfare organization in Bihać: SPAS
Facebook Group
Facebook Page (English)
President of SPAS, Rosic Senad
Petition
Stop the inhumane treatment of the animals at the dog shelter in Bihać

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Related Posts:

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”:
Part One 
Part Two
Part Three

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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.

Dog eaten alive by worms in Bosnian dog ‘shelter’

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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.