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.

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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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.

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.

Horror Dog Shelter in Bihać, Bosnia

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On July 12th 2013, I was informed about another horrific situation for dogs in a ‘shelter’ in Gorjevac, Bihać, in the north-western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I made a post about the horrendous conditions of this shelter in the AWAB Facebook group and a number of people rallied around to contact IFAWFour Paws and WVS.

1003457_558748954189914_2004992413_nThis shelter was built in June 2012 on and near a landfill, offering space for 100 dogs in 30 pens with small wooden kennels. Conditions were reported as inhumane as soon as December, 2012.

There is no water (just a tank that freezes in winter and with no pressure in other seasons) and no electricity. Outside the pens, roughly 300 dogs roam freely. Since no food is provided for these free-roaming dogs, they survive by scavenging garbage from the landfill.

The dogs that live in the pens are given very little to eat, and meals often consist of just dry bread as food. We have also been informed that cannibalism has occurred among starving dogs. They are not sterilised and there is no vet on hand for any medical necessity.

941211_558749130856563_2073456853_nOn August 10, 2013 an animal activist in Bosnia informed us that family members who live and work in Germany visited Bihać shelter early this month:

They carried a bag of dog food with them and some sausages. What they found at the shelter can be best described with word horror. The shelter was not attended. There were no workers there, the place looked abandoned by people, their assessment was that they saw around 150 dogs. The main shelter gate was open and many dogs roamed freely around. There were many dogs on landfill that is near the shelter that were going through garbage looking for food. They could not find and see any food or water for dogs at the shelter.

1003996_558749090856567_46676316_nMany dogs were closed and locked in kennel houses, cages and they had no water or food inside, many looked emaciated and some were too weak to walk. They saw many dead puppies and corpses of dead dogs inside and outside the shelter. Fecal matter was all over the place… When they began to feed dogs, the dogs started to fight each other over food and the bag of food that they spilled on ground was devoured by hungry dogs within minutes, at that moment my cousin was already weeping and sobbing and her husband told her that it was good time for them to leave. He forgot to take pictures unfortunately, they remembered that they should have taken photos of the place when they were already at home. CONCLUSION IS: Nothing has changed at Bihać shelter since July 12.

On August 6, 2013, volunteers from the local animal welfare organisation SPAS brought food and fresh water for the dogs in the shelter. The local TV station RTVBihac has a short report about it here.

 

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bihac_9_250659229Articles:
December 5, 2012
Horor u azilu za pse u Bihaću Horror shelter for dogs in Bihać 
(Serbo-Croatian)

Excerpt in English and two photographs from this article:

“…Today’s visit to asylum does not reveal a picture of a European city that humanely deals with the problem of stray dogs.

One look at the city and it is clear the society is not mature enough to be able to distinguish right from wrong.

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15 July 2013
Azil “smrti” u Bihaću (Foto+Video) “Death”shelter of Bihac (Photo + Video) (Serbo-Croatian)

bihac_4_141824810Another article about this ‘shelter’ was published on the Bosnian news portal krajina.ba, but is currently unavailable:

Donosimo “nove” fotografije: Ko je kriv za “Azil smrti” na Gorjevcu? / New” photos: Who is to blame for the “Shelter of death” on Gorjevcu? 17/07/2013
There is a web-cache version here (in Serbo Croatian)

However we managed to get a translation into English:

Well known Doctor Zekerijah Ika Alagić, better known by his nickname Doctor Mengele than by his real name, who is director for life of JP Veterinary Station Bihać (“JP Veterinarska stanica Bihać”) and founder of private company “Veterinar” is the person most responsible for creation of the dog shelter in Gorjevac, Bihać. He was the man who had the idea to build it there. The idea arose so that the director for life, under auspices of his brother (politician) Mahmut Alagic, could strengthen his private business and sales of Eukanuba dog food that he is the main distributor and importer of for the whole Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Zekerijah Alagic has been director of the JP veterinary station for over 20 years where he just renewed his mandate for another 4 years, 20 years have not been enough for him.

The shelter Gorjevac was built without any consent, without construction plan and it was located on an area that is source of contagious diseases for both dogs and people (landfill). 

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You can see it on the photos for yourself.

Gorjevac shelter was supposed to be funded and built with 65,000.00 BAM (32,500.00 €), we ask openly, does what you see on the photos cost 65,000.00 BAM?

The Gorjevac death camp was built on top of a mass grave where euthanized animals were buried: domestic animals that were sick …

bihac_16_932536796 According to information we obtained, Cantonal veterinary, sanitary and construction inspections know about the problems at the location but nothing has been done about it. Cantonal prosecutor has received documented reports about criminal actions of Zekerijah Alagić and his abuse of dogs at Gorjevo. The reports are getting moldy in drawers of the prosecutors.
Meanwhile things got worse in Gorjevo, cannibalism has occurred among dogs because dogs are kept there without food and water and because hygiene and sanitary conditions are catastrophic, the photos taken in Gorjevo death camp can clearly confirm it.
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Doctor Mengele did everything for his personal gain, he did it to make quick profit. He claims that each dog at the Gorjevac shelter eats 3.5 BAM worth of dog food every day (1.75 Euros). If there are 100 dogs at the shelter you can easily calculate how much it altogether costs.

There is more: JP Veterinary Station has ordered dog food from Private firm VETERINAR and invoices were sent to Bihac City Hall. (All invoices /bills available to internet portal editors, this means that Doctor Mengele was buying food for the shelter from his own company. )

It’s evident that a few people defy the laws and the authorities do nothing about it.

Is trade in politics, that Alagić brothers are brokers of, worth more than someone’s life? It seems so, because Doctor Mengele remains inviolable veterinary ruler of lives of innocent dogs that pay the highest price with their lives.

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Petitions
Stop the inhumane treatment of the animals at the dog shelter in Bihać
Tell the Municipality of Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina to stop killing stray dogs and cats

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Animal welfare organization in Bihać: SPAS
Facebook Group
Facebook Page (English)
President of SPAS, Rosic Senad 

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.

Mass Graves Found Near Dog “Shelter”

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The following is a translation of an article published yesterday on Bh-News.com:

Four mass graves have been found around Praca shelter 
The NGO Iskra has made a statement at a press-conference yesterday.

In the last seven days, dog shelter Prača has been in the media focus once again and all because of the incident which took place at the shelter’s premises, betwen Amela Turalić, the Shelter’s director and the members of the NGO Iskra.

Due to this event, the NGO Iskra has made a press conference which we are now presenting in full. The press release is signed by Elmedina Devlić, the president of the NGO Iskra.

“In this manner we would like to make some clarifications and to shed some light upon the situation which developed and is in the media frenzy during these last six days, along with putting a stop to the spread of vicious lies and rumours spread by the Shelter’s director Amela Turalić against our family, our NGO and the Shelter.

Her statements are unsubstantiated and undocumented but nevertheless have been published in a variety of media coverage. We will most certainly be filing a lawsuit against her, but at this moment it’s much more important to shed some light upon her work at the Shelter and to explain the exact reasons which lead us to react in the manner to stop the endless catastrophic situation in this Shelter from continuing.

The truth is that the company “Murai Komerc” (one of three owners and the investor of Prača Shelter) is the legal and responsible entity for the shelter from the day the shelter opened until to this day. The company hired Miss Amela Turalić to be the Shelter’s director and manager and has given her the responsibility to take care of the Shelter’s premises and the welfare of all dogs that are brought there. as the co-owners of the Shelter (a signed copy of this Agreement has been attached to this press release) and as the NGO which signed the contract with the “Murai Komerc” company (a signed copy of this Contract has also been attached to this press release), have been warned by the Shelter’s workers on numerous occasions of various irregularities conducted at the Shelter by its director Amela Turalić.

We have tried to talk to the director and perhaps get some clear insight into all those stories, but Turalić wouldn’t answer our phone calls nor was she every willing to arrange a meeting to see us.

On April 15th 2013, we came in front of the Shelter’s premises, so we could once again try and clarify with the director these irregularities, but after seeing us she quickly phoned the police and started yelling and screaming at us. When the police came, we showed them our documentation which states that we are the co-owners of this Shelter and have a legal right to be here and the director Amela Turalić was escorted by the police out of the Shelter (there is a written report at the Police Department of Prača).

As Shelter’s legal co-owners, we have then decided to make a comprehensive inquiry of the work done by the Shelter’s director, which later showed:

1. In the Shelter and around it, there are 4 mass graves each of them containing around 30-170 corpses of dogs (this information was provided by the Shelter’s workers). There are also 1-5 smaller mass graves shattered across the forest situated down the road which leads to Gorazde. The dog-corpses were also thrown into holes near the river so we can’t say with certainty just how many corpses are left there, nor from exactly what type of diseases the dogs died from and what consequences will this all have on the water and overall environment. With this act, the director violated the Federal Environmental Law of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Acts 11, 18, 104 and numerous others acts from this and other Laws.

2. None of the dog-corpses possess any medical/veterinarian documentation, no history of health, the way in which he/she died, an obligatory blood test (because the animals are buried at the Shelter’s premises), and pose as a serious health threat to all other animals and humans in the Shelter as well as the human and animal population surrounding the Shelter, violating directly all State and Federal Veterinary Laws.

3. In the Shelter’s cold storage facility, we found 5 tons of rotten food which was meant to be used to feed the dogs.

4. In one of the Shelter’s rooms we also found a broad range of chocolate cookies which were meant to be used as dog food.

5. They have spayed/neutered puppies of 2 months of age.

6. The wounds of other spayed dogs are infected.

7. Due to the fact that the Shelter was taking more dogs than they can handle or feed, the dogs would usually kill other dogs and eventually eat the rotten dog corpses.

8. According to various testimonies from the locals living in this area or near it, the vast majority of the dogs were set loose from the Shelter and started attacking their livestock or were shot down by the local hunters in the forests ( the surrounding area of the Shelter is a legal hunting area of wild game).

9. The director Amela Turalić has forbidden the entrance of any “unsuitable” Animal Welfare organizations which were not privately associated with her or close to her.

10. The “Murai Komerc” Company is the investor and the owner of the constructed facility which takes the rent from the Canton Sarajevo, the City of Sarajevo and various other Municipalities . The Company is therefore the responsible but is not the owner of the dogs there nor of the numerous donations which came for the dogs from ordinary foreign or domestic citizens. No one, not even the Shelter’s co-owners nor the various NGOs were allowed to see the Shelter’s documentation, work, donations, bank accounts, cash-register or any other documentation.

11. In the night of April 17th 2013, the director Amela Turalić came back to the Shelter and took away all the donated drugs and medication.

We also must state that from the streets of Sarajevo Canton,  an estimated 1.500 dogs were brought into the Shelter Prača.

According to the Shelter’s director Amela Turalić, around 500 dogs are at the Shelter and 150 dogs have been adopted (for those adopted dogs we have not found any details or documentation or any other info to whom and where were any of them adopted), this means that around 850 or more dogs are scattered around the forests and in these mass graves. During our visits at the Shelter, the police have been informed of this misconduct as well as the Municipality and the veterinary inspection (Edin Alagic, the Veterinary Inspector) and they have all made reports of the situation at and around the Shelter.

We therefore ask the relevant institutions and NGOs to help us making this Shelter a better place, with a normalized protocol and a much better director.”

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This is PART THREE of posts made about ‘Prihvatilište KS Prača’ in Sarajevo, commonly known as ‘Praca’. Part one and two below:
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend PART TWO

Please note that the situation regarding dog shelters in Bosnia is very complex. One cannot attribute blame to any single person for the shocking conditions and events that occur in these shelters. They are a part of a general problem occurring in Bosnia where many aspects of society are built on systems of corrupt values and the wrongdoings of many.

doginbagConstruction Company Invested One Million Dollars in this “shelter”
Prača is a private shelter built by Murai Komerc (a construction company managed by Muris Alić) with contracts with Sarajevo municipalities to take in dogs from the street (on a per dog basis) and to provide them with appropriate care.

Murai Komerc claimed to invest around 750,000 Euros/1,000,000 USD (1,500,000.00 BAM) in building this shelter in March of 2011. It is our understanding that the shelter was never finished as planned, and that the building was highly unsuitable for the housing of dogs. In the current economic situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina this is a very large investment in a non-profit project which according to Bosnian laws does not provide any tax reduction.

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Muris Alic has recently been in the news stating he will have to close the shelter and return the dogs to the street as funds promised from municipal mayors (800,000 KM/400,000 Euros/500,000 USD) for the maintenance of the shelter not been paid.
(The following articles are in Serbo-Croatian: More than 500 dogs from a shelter will be back on the street / Asylum cannot wait for the first anniversary?)

60560_299540783510120_858622576_nAs quoted in my post last November, Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia, an animal advocate in northern Bosnia states: “Dog pounds are used to launder money from public budgets and they don’t want activists to poke around and witness how dogs are mistreated or abused at the dog pounds that they dare to call dog asylums/shelters. Population control and promotion of spaying and neutering as well as implementation of the animal welfare law is not in their interest because they want and need constant flow of new dogs through the dog pounds so that they can justify the funds spent each month from the budget. This is common knowledge.

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Please write to the Veterinary Inspector, asking that this shelter be thoroughly investigated and that remaining dogs there be given proper care according to the animal welfare laws of the country:

Director: Midhat Hadžiomerović, DVM
Address: ul. Maršala Tita 2, 73000 Goražde, BiH
Tel: ++ 387 38 228 639
Fax: ++ 387 38 228 641
e-mail: inspekcija@bpkg.gov.ba

NOTE  – this email does not seem to be working, although it is the correct one listed on the government website. We will try to find another and will update as soon as we can.

Related posts:
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 20 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.

 

Another Horror Shelter in Bosnia

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I have written about Gladno Polje Shelter in Sarajevo before, here:
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia.

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This shelter houses about 200 dogs, who live in appalling conditions due to lack of funding from the Municipality and Agricultural co-operative who started the shelter. Please read the above post for details of the conditions of the shelter.

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Essentially the workers in the shelter were given responsibility for the dogs on a minimal wage and without health insurance and so on, but no adequate fund to actually care for the dogs.

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Sanela Kotorić Etterle and Adnan Smailbegovic, who volunteered thousands of hours of their time right from the start of the shelter, and were employees of the Director (Almir Džanković) for a few months, have been banned from entry to Gladno Polje. Sanela Kotorić Etterle and Adnan Smailbegovic have been told by the Director of the shelter that they are “not needed.”

The Director has changed the locks on the doors and has not given anyone any adequate reason why he has banned them from even visiting the dogs they have cared for for so long.

dogsinboxOur group, Animal Advocates for Bosnia (AWAB) has raised funds for food and spay-neuter programmes at Gladno Polje and I know from personal experience that Sanela and Adnan have only ever had the dogs’ well-being in mind. Sanela has worked tirelessly, putting her home-life, her health, at stake, to try to help the dogs at this shelter.

Sanela constantly begged the Director for more support for the dogs. She says:

“I didn’t want to start any arguments or wars. I’ve been always the one who wanted peace and contacted the other side to negotiate, to discuss in a civilised manner everything. When myself and the Director would meet, the story was always the same : he always gave the same promises which were never fulfilled.

I never asked for money. I worked all this time to provide for those dogs everything they might need. All I asked from him was to hire normal people to work there, who would maintain the hygiene at the shelter. I have stopped asking questions concerning spaying/neutering, vet care , food and everything else. When it comes to costs of transportation those dogs to the vets or to transport food to the shelter from people who have donated it to the shelter, all of that was financed from my own pocket or from the pockets of several other volunteers.”

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Note that our group, AWAB, raised funds for the spay-neuter of over a dozen dogs at Gladno Polje, in particular the 10+ dogs rescued from Hresa last year who were then placed at Gladno Polje. We have also raised considerable funds for food, and have photographs and receipts to prove that the money was used appropriately.

On the fifth of March, Sanela wrote the following on Facebook:

“Adnan Smailbegovic and myself, Sanela Kotoric Etterle, received an official restriction to approach the Shelter Gladno Polje, a restriction to approach the dogs in this shelter. We have been banned and prohibited from  taking these dogs to an event at ‘Importanne Centre’ to help find them adopters and to collect financial and material help for the dogs at Gladno. In short,we have been denied access to these dogs in any way. I was not given any explanation. They hung up when I tried to contact the Director or anyone who in authority.”

541783_598362060175588_49124645_nIt’s important to note that, unlike workers at some other dog “shelters” in Bosnia, Sanela has always been quite clear about the terrible conditions for the dogs at Gladno Polje, and has published countless photographs on Facebook and appeals for donations.

On April 7th, a group of volunteers visited the dogs at Gladno Polje.

The purpose of the visit was to spend time with the dogs and to bring them food. After they were denied access to the shelter by an employee, volunteers explained that they were there during visitation hours, as the shelter sign clearly stated. They received a very confusing answer by the same employee, who explained that they are currently not accepting any visitors, because Sanela and Adnan are banned from the shelter and that Sanela and Adnan, according to the employee, were thieves who collected food for the dogs and then stole or sold it. This information was given to the employees by the Director.

184191_579177658760695_1527575096_nVolunteers told the employee that they will contact the local media. Entrance was immediately granted to see and feed the dogs, but the employees of the shelter oversaw the entire feeding process and claimed that the dogs were not hungry and that the volunteers were wasting food.

The shelter employee then immediately proceeded to remove the shelter sign which showed the visitation hours of the shelter.

521832_598366913508436_808215850_nDženita, one of the employees at the shelter, is a veterinary technician, but because of the primary problem of horrendous living conditions for the dogs, she was not able to use her training as all her time was needed to keep the kennels clean. Sanela says:  “Dženita was a cleaning lady who worked for a little bit of money, which she hasn’t even barely received to date. She was a puppet (like some of us) to those who comfortably sat in their chairs and received their salaries on time, including insurance and benefits. They received their salaries from the money that was supposed to be spent on the dogs in the shelter.

537150_597957303549397_935436962_nHowever, the Director of Gladno Polje pulled his Administration Assistant from his office and sent her to the shelter to take care of the hygiene and to oversee the entire process with the dogs.

Sanela tells us: “A woman who hasn’t walked into the shelter for months, not to mention that she doesn’t know those dogs and dogs in general (like the Director himself). This woman couldn’t even tell two dogs apart on the website when we only had 30-40 dogs at the shelter. So, today this woman told Dženita that all the shelter needed was a woman’s hand for everything to run smoothly…

Dženita has now also been banned from the shelter.


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On April 8th, the cantonal veterinary inspector visited Gladno Polje and witnessed the terrible conditions for themselves.

They returned two days later to find that the hygienic condition had improved. The kennels were cleaned up, the fence surrounding the shelter had been fixed so the dogs could not get out, and the dog kennels that were destroyed by the wind had been fixed.

However, advocates have heard today (14 April) from Haris, a visitor to the shelter that conditions are still very bad.

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This situation at Gladno Polje is complex and confusing. So-called improved conditions – if there are any  – are unlikely to remain. And certainly, the sacking of Sanela, Adnan and Dženita is entirely unjust and the well-being and livelihood of the dogs there remains in a very precarious balance – as always. 

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Sanela says: “I believe and I hope that every day will get better and that they will continue to work in a positive direction for the dogs, even if I’m not allowed access to the shelter… Even at the cost that I’m never again allowed access. All I want is better conditions for the dogs. It is sad that it had to come to all this and that everything I begged for months has now been executed in two days. I will always suffer for and miss those dogs, but I will survive. I only hope they never have to suffer again. At this moment we are still waiting for vet inspection report and then we will make our next step together.”

Addition, 16 April: More details from Haris the visitor to Gladno: “Conditions are horrible, staff absent (and returned drunk 20 mins. later). Dogs have no water, lying in their own feces, pups month old wandering unsupervised! Staff completely inept, letting people take dogs without any paper trail.”

3dogsSanela’s Facebook page where you can find more photographs: https://www.facebook.com/sanela.etterle

Petition to sign:
Change.org Petition demanding an investigation into Gladno Polje

Letters to write (Please be polite and clear):
Main veterinary inspectorate chief (female) Joka Hlubna
– email  address:
joka.hlubna@kuip.ks.gov.ba

Head of the Municipality Prof. Senaid Memic
– email addresses:
kabinet.nacelnika@opcinailidza.ba
opcinski.nacelnik@opcinailidza.ba

The Director of Gladno Polje Almir Džanković :
FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/almir.dzankovic.9

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 20 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.