GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

First the good. Jenny is doing much better. She is still very sick. Tests that could confirm she has distemper are not currently available in Sarajevo. But, with or without tests, distemper is only treated symptomatically and it is most likely this is what she has. The veterinarian’s conclusion was that Jenny would be fine had the owner of the ‘pension’ given her (and the Hreša puppies) adequate food. (If you don’t know the story of Hreša, here it is: Part One – Part Two – Part Three)

She was first taken care of by Jelena and her partner, Danijel, with IV fluids and medication and high quality food. Apparently she particularly liked salami, however! Then she went to King Pension where she could get more intensive treatment.


Now the bad news. This weekend Jelena was telephoned late at night about gunshots and a dog squealing in an area of Sarajevo. She immediately went to investigate what was happening – with Milena Malesevic in Adnan Smailbegovic, two animal activist volunteers. But they could find nothing.

However this is what was found later:

The dog had two gunshot wounds and a torn anus. I’m sorry to show these photographs and I am weeping as I write this but it is the reality of dog abuse in Bosnia.

The dog was a stray known to locals but apparently was taken to an area outside of the dog’s territory to be tortured and then killed. I have had no word of any action taken by the police. Dog shooting is commonplace in the country, in fact men are hired to kill dogs. It is very unlikely anything will be done to find out who did this appalling thing to this poor dog.

Update: apparently police have said posters will be put up about this dog to find out more. But as those who took the photographs told me: “in Bosnia, the police do not care for the dogs, too, daily is found dead, shot dogs.

R.I.P.

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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. You can donate via PayPal and I then transfer the money to Bosnia. I can also give you the PayPal email address of my Bosnian animal welfare contacts if you prefer.  Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Communication with Vučko

Maxine Mckeown offers Animal communication readings from photographs, it does not matter whether the animal has passed to spirit or not. I asked her to give a reading for Vučko (Vučko’s Story). This is what she wrote:

When I tuned into Vučko, I must say I wasn’t expecting to see a photograph like that, it is horrible, and words cannot express how seeing that made me feel. You know how some people sacrifice themselves for humanity, that is how Vucko sees himself. It was a blessing for him to be euthanised. I am not sure anything could of been done, but to see how he feels after it happened it is a good job he was found. He is a very deep thinker and I am wondering if you would of started to help the animals if you hadn’t of seen this boy. I feel there was in between three and five teenagers, one was the ring leader who thought doing this would be good fun, but now feel not a day goes by where these lads don’t dream about what they have done. Sometimes things have a way of turning round. I do also feel that the main man that did this is a bully, and would not change his ways and will probably get his just deserts. 

Animals amaze me as they do not hold grudges by anyone and forgive anything. And when our loved ones leave us they change back into full health and fitness, all past hurts abuse cleared and healed.

Artist unknown, please contact me if you know who the artist is.

In Memory of Layla

If anyone is in any doubt about the situation in Bosnia regarding stray dogs, then here is the story of little Lajla (“Layla” in English), who died last night.

One of the many freelance animal welfare volunteers was contacted a few days ago about an area of Sarajevo where stray dogs were being stoned, beaten using metal bars. A few times people heard gunshot. The volunteer went with others to the area and the dogs had disappeared except for this little puppy who was hiding near abandoned houses. They managed to catch her. They named the puppy Layla. Layla was terrified, extremely thin and could hardly walk. She refused to eat or drink – they tried everything.  She was either dehydrated or her bowels had ceased to function through lack of food. The dog was refused veterinary help as the volunteers did not have money to pay immediately.

The dog was taken to one of the volunteer’s homes, and the following day she ate a few pieces of meat and drank a little water but she could still barely walk. And then she began to cry and didn’t stop. People started to rally on Facebook, trying to find funds to take Layla to the vet. But she could not hold on any longer, she died last night.

If you would like to be an ’emergency’ relief person who can be contacted if a similar situation arises, providing funds for a veterinary examination and immediate care, please contact me. The cost of a basic examination and some immediate care is anything from 10 – 100 Euros.

For Layla, may you rest in peace.

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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. You can donate via PayPal and I would then transfer the money to Bosnia. I can also give you the PayPal email address of my Bosnian animal welfare contacts if you prefer.  Even just one dollar or one euro will help.