Stray Dogs Thrown Into River Immediately After Sterilization

10687082_10204236796295298_4305548149046704447_nLast night animal welfare rescuers and activists were alerted to a horrific situation: four dogs had been thrown into a ravine, the river Zeljeznica. Rescuers  rushed to the site, mobilizing all available resources and notifying the police. The terrain was extremely inaccessible, so they called Mountain Rescue Team Sarajevo for help. The Team came with equipment and two trained dog handlers. The rescue mission was successful.
Marianne`s Dog Food Bank offered a safe place for all 4 dogs for the night in one of their shelters, and will be able to keep two of the dogs in the shelter, and another rescuer made sure the other two dogs will be safe.

All four dogs are doing well and were seen by the vet today. The sterilisations incisions look good and there are no signs of illness although they spent time in water.

10710951_10204236781534929_5513900621625027781_nThis was just one rescue mission amongst many. Rescuers in Sarajevo are facing similar experiences every day, doing their best to react, document and prevent illegal actions ordered by authorities all over the town and suburb areas.

If you wish to help these rescues please go to Marianne’s Dog Food Bank website or Facebook group.

Thanks must be made to Mountain Rescue Team Sarajevo and a number of rescuers involved including Marko Jerilovic, Nina Gurda, Caki BravoArijana Ari Arifovic and Amira.

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Published on BiH news portal Taco.net 26.09.2014: NAPUŠTENI PSI NEPOSREDNO NAKON STERILIZACIJE BAČENI U RIJEKU

983804_10204236789175120_9071836261419600639_nAnother aspect of astonishing cruelty to animals occurred at the site of Kijevo, municipality Trnovo, last night late in the evening. Immediately after sterilization / castration four dogs were dumped in river Zeljeznica canyon. Animal rights activists and citizens called the police, as well as the Mountain Rescue Service Sarajevo, whose members pulled out four dogs from extremely inaccessible terrain, river Zeljeznica canyon.

After the rescue action, it was established that the 4 rescued dogs, prior to barbaric act of throwing them into a river were sterlized/castrated and that all 4 of them have white ear tags. Also, one of the rescued dogs is a puppy about four months old, who also has an incision from surgery. Dogs younger than six months can not and must not be sterilized / castrated.

10264197_10204236782334949_5958952019642319962_oFour rescued dogs were placed in a secure location where they are given the necessary aid, since they were in bad condition.

This case is not just an example of the barbaric attitude towards the abandoned dogs in BiH, but also represents the basest form of violation of the Animal Protection and Welfare Law, Bosnian Veterinary Law and the Criminal Law of Federation BiH and the Criminal Law of Republic of Serpska. Consequently, it will be demanded from the prosecuting authority to identify, prosecute and sanction persons who threw the dogs in the canyon of the 1043861_10204236799575380_396212629819367808_nriver Zeljeznica, as well as the identity of the veterinarian who performed the surgery on the puppy. This implies that mentioned persons, as well as possible abettors, are the ones who ordered and the offenders committed crimes of torture and killing of animals.

All thanks to Mountain Rescue team Sarajevo for the heroic and selfless rescue of four dogs that without their dedication and professionalism could not have been saved.

Also, thanks to citizens and animal rights activists who have located tortured dogs and enabled their placement into safety.

 

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Related articles
The Campaign Begins With a Slaughter: You will kill the dogs, but what will you do with the beasts?
Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy
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!

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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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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.

Dogs Trust Bosnia Respond to Allegations

dogs_trust-635x300Yesterday on the BiH news portal Taco.net, Dogs Trust BiH published a response to the article authored by Dalida Kozlic, L.L.B, lawyer and activist (Dogs Trust BiH to be Prosecuted for Illegal Activities in Bosnia Herzegovina):

Dogs Trust: Reaction to September 23rd article by Dalida Kozlic

We consider the article written by Dalida Kozlic and published on September 23rd to be unworthy of a special response due to its unprofessional way of presenting serious and contradictory accusations, non-truths and detractions, while failing to produce any evidence.

Without an intention to further engage in discussion, we would like to state the following:
• The role of Foundation Dogs Trust BH (DTBH) has always been clear – to help authorities to comprehensively, not partially, implement the law on protection and welfare of animals and resolve the problem of stray dogs in a systematic and sustainable way.
• DTBH did not officially support any decision of Canton of Sarajevo Government and it does not have an established partnership with Public Enterprise “Rad,” and if a partnership is created, it will be exclusively tied to the implementation of the law; meaning the formation of a hygiene service, which is mandated by the existing law. Regardless of Rad’s activities prior to 2009 that were in accordance with the previous law, presently this services can be activated only as a hygiene service based on the current law. The Veterinary Inspection of Canton Sarajevo, which previously ordered transformation of “Rad” into a hygiene service, will oversee the process of reactivating “Rad” to ensure that the order is followed lawfully.
• As a charitable organization, DTBH does not dictate anything to anyone and it does not interfere with governance; the initiative originated within the government and they accepted our earlier offered assistance. DTBG will participate in this and all other initiatives within its capacity as long as these initiatives fit within the framework of the law.
• DTBH has financed only its own legal activities in partnership with relevant institutions. These same activities are implemented by other international and local organizations. Everything that DTBH does is in accordance with BiH law, and as a leading world organization of this kind, its activities are congruent with the highest standards for animal welfare.
• Mass sterilization is mandated by law and it is being implemented lawfully and in accordance with the highest standards for animal welfare. Other participants include only registered veterinary facilities and their licensed staff who work under the oversight of national and international inspectors.
• DTBH will respond to the government’s appeals for conversation on the implementation of the law and the resolution of the stray dog problem, and we cannot control who else the host invites to participate in the conversations.
• DTBH has not in any way been a part of the formation of the county hygiene services N. Grad – Lokom. The county previously participated in our mass sterilization actions during which dog catchers from all counties were trained. Those same dog trainers refused to return borrowed dog catching equipment, essentially stealing it.
• DTBH has the right like everyone else to conduct a survey of dogs and publish its findings. DTBH utilized the newest methods and engaged a local organization and Veterinary University students, who were trained by the Office of Veterinary BiH, to conduct counting of the dogs.
• DTBH is not leading any campaign against building of shelters, on the contrary, it is soliciting the authorities to build shelters in accordance with the law.

To see the original article above, please go to: Dogs Trust: REAKCIJA NA ČLANAK IZ 23.9. AUTORA DALIDE KOZLIĆ

Dog’s Trust UK has further made the following statement to us:

“Sadly it came to light recently that there have been a number of dog attacks in Sarajevo. Since this news broke, Dogs Trust has renewed conversations with Minister Petrovic to deal with the city’s dogs and will continue to liaise with him and his team to ensure the best outcome for the dogs and people of Sarajevo. The suggestions to return to a world in which dogs are simply caught and killed is not a viable option and one that Dogs Trust would not support. Instead we continue to call for the full implementation of the catch, neuter and release scheme already envisioned by the 2009 animal welfare law. The team in Sarajevo are working incredibly hard to make this happen.

We would never turn a blind eye to abuse or cruelty. The suggestion is frankly absurd – our sole reason for existing is to protect the welfare of dogs. If anyone has evidence of people catching and killing dogs illegally whoever they may be then we would welcome any evidence they have and put considerable pressure on the local authorities to investigate animal cruelty cases.

Things are incredibly hard, but there are good people out there who are working for a better future. This is an incredibly important moment for animal welfare in Bosnia and I would encourage people to come together rather than spend time on allegations based on rumour or hearsay without any evidence to support them.

If people would like to learn more about the work that we actually do in Bosnia then I would encourage them to visit our website: www.dogstrust.ba.

Dalida Kozlic has stated to us that she has already forwarded evidence of malpractice but nothing has been done. She will continue her documentation and investigations on these matters.

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:
Dogs Trust BiH to be Prosecuted for Illegal Activities in Bosnia Herzegovina
The Campaign Begins With a Slaughter: You will kill the dogs, but what will you do with the beasts?
Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy
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:

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.

Dogs Trust BiH to be Prosecuted for Illegal Activities in Bosnia Herzegovina

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Article published on the Bosnia Herzegovina news portal Taco.net today, authored by Dalida Kozlic, L.L.B, lawyer and activist:
DOGS TRUST UČESTVUJE U UDARU NA USTAVNI POREDAK BIH, KAO I ORGANIZOVANOM KRIMINALU

English Translation:

DOGS TRUST IS INVOLVED IN ATTACK ON CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER OF BIH AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES

The role of Dogs Trust Foundation has been clarified during the current events concerning the illegal decision of the Government of Sarajevo Canton to form a dog catching service with Public Enterprise (P. E.) “Rad” Sarajevo.

It appears that the Dogs Trust Foundation is interested in everything except the welfare and protection of stray dogs. According to Ahmed Đipa PR of P. E. “Rad”, as well as by admission of the staff of Dogs Trust BiH, the foundation finances and trains dog catchers of the company P. E. “Rad”. Also, Dogs Trust has provided the equipment for this illegal dog catching service. Dogs Trust has publicly supported the decision of Government of Canton Sarajevo on the forming of the illegal dog catching service, P. E. “Rad”.

The Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina came into force in April 2009. The Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina forbids any form of torture to animals, and obliges the local governments (cities and municipalities) to provide shelter for stray animals.
On 18.05.2009, the Veterinary Inspection Sarajevo Canton adopted the Decision No. 07-06 – 24 – CS – 295 ordering P. E. “Rad” to align their work with the regulations of the Law on the animal protection and welfare of BiH (Official. Gazette 9.25). In the said decision it was stated that P. E. “Rad” does not have permission to work because its activities and catching of stray dogs was illegal and contrary to provisions of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the decision had been issued, P. E. “Rad” ceased their activities.

However, the Government of Canton Sarajevo is being drawn into illegal activities, because the foreign organisation Dogs Trust has provided money for these illegal activities.

Authorities in Canton Sarajevo should not and must not permit this rich foundation, which has intentions contrary to the provisions of the Criminal Code of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Animal Protection and Welfare Act, to dictate the policy of the local government.

By financing and training of an illegal dog catching service, Dogs Trust participates in the preparation and execution of a series of crimes.

Since the foundation Dogs Trust has directly supported illegal activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the question is whether the decision of the Government of Canton Sarajevo on forming of the illegal dog catching service has been enacted by an initiative of the government or because of pressure from Dogs Trust, which has been carrying out illegal activities in Canton Sarajevo for two years, all with the aim of implementing its illegal policies and questionable financial operations, which must be the subject of investigative actions by the prosecuting authority.

Dogs Trust insists upon partial implementation of Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina and they encourage Bosnian authorities in criminal activities by providing a cover for certain activities under the guise of law enforcement. Dogs Trust participates in many criminal activities in the Sarajevo Canton. Mass spay/neuter campaigns have been organised without any respect for the legal system of Bosnia. Establishing of shelters for stray animals and a database (microchip) registration of dogs and cats are legal obligations. Local authorities are obliged to build shelters for stray animals in accordance with the Animal Protection and Welfare Act as well as ensure compliance with regulations which stipulate acceptable living conditions of stray animals housed in public shelters. Also, it is the legal obligation of local authorities is to establish hygienic services which are obliged to collect lost and stray animals and move them to local shelters, in accordance with Animal Protection and Welfare Act, and this service must also comply with legal requirements stipulating establishment of such service and conditions which the service must fulfill to be recognized legally.

There are not any legal shelter and hygienic services in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

CNR (catch-neuter-return) method is not a legal obligation in BiH, but it is a legal possibility- a provisional rule until the full scope of services for abandoned animals are established. Until animal shelters are actually established (as described in Article 28 of the Act, by the bodies defined by this Act), veterinary stations can, in cooperation with the competent municipal bodies, perform spay and neuter and mark abandoned animals, specifically stray dogs, and release them back to their natural habitats, with the goal being to stabilise the stray animal population by controlling their reproduction within the shortest possible period. Since the mass spay/neuter campaigns have been implemented without legal permissions and procedures, but through public tenders for participation in these actions, the activities of Dogs Trust are de facto an experimentation on domestic animals.

Choosing veterinary stations that perform spay/neuter campaign is carried out without the permission of the relevant veterinary institutions. The legal system in Bosnia does not approve of any institutional power of the NGO in Bosnia, i.e.,  NGOs cannot interfere in the powers of government, as Dogs Trust is doing. Dogs Trust tries to play the role of rescuer in the Sarajevo Canton, ignoring the provisions of Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina and suggests that the BiH authorities act contrary to their own statutory provisions.

Representatives of the Dogs Trust attended the press conference at which, among others, was addressed Muriz Alic, the owner of the (generously labeled as, but practically an internment camp) “shelter” for abandoned animals in Praca, whose work and business is under investigation by the Cantonal Prosecutor’s Office in Sarajevo Canton. These representatives confirmed that they are not interested issue of camps for abandoned animals, rather that they are interested in pressing the authorities to enter into activities. Activities which are illegal.

Daily complaints from veterinarians and people who bring dogs to the veterinary stations to be spayed/neutered unambiguously indicate that Dogs Trust and employees of Dogs Trust demand that sick,  injured and old dogs are euthanized during the actual mass spay/neuter campaign.This assertion is supported by material evidence.

In accordance with the provisions of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina, only an authorised official veterinarian may order the euthanasia of animals.

By ordering of euthanasia, Dogs Trust not only interferes in the competences of authorised official veterinarians, but commits a criminal offence under Article 318 of the Criminal Code of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (torture and killing of animals), as well as incitement to commit a criminal offence.

Dogs Trust is also directly involved in the formation of the hygienic service of P. E. “Lokom” Novi Grad Sarajevo, which is an illegal service. This hygienic service was directly formed under the patronage of coordinators of Dogs Trust in 2013. Dogs Trust has trained dog catchers employed in this hygienic service and there were material evidences that Dogs Trust provided equipment for their illegal activities.

Mustafa Mrkulic, a veterinarian, who is the most famous killer of stray dogs in Sarajevo, has participated in many mass spay/neuter campaigns organised by Dogs Trust.

Also Dogs Trust publicly announced that there are over 11 000 stray dogs on the streets of Sarajevo Canton, without having any grounds, or authority to make such a claim.. Only the State Veterinary Office is authorised to count and publish data on the number of stray dogs on the streets of Sarajevo Canton as well as the whole of Bosnia. This is one in a series of moves that shows that Dogs Trust not only do not respect the laws of the country in which it operates, but also directly obstructs the work of the state institutions.

By disseminating illegal and ill-informed information about the number of stray dogs on the streets of Sarajevo Canton, this organization has caused panic among the citizens of Sarajevo. Of course, by doing so, they provided an “argument” for some of the media which have been leading the campaign against the abandoned animals for more than 2 years. This aggressive campaign against establishing and construction of lawful animal shelters in Bosnia, which is a legal obligation of government, is (if not directly organized, than actively supported) by Dogs Trust and it directly contributes to an atmosphere that there is no solution to reduce the population of stray dogs.

Now, Dogs Trust positioned themselves as the only organization which offers solutions – which are in direct violation of the laws and regulations of the country in which they operate.

Criminal charges will be filed and evidence submitted to the competent prosecutor’s office regarding all Dogs Trust illegal activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina; against individuals working for and management of Dogs Trust BiH and against Dogs Trust as a legal entity.

To see the original article please go here.

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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:
The Campaign Begins With a Slaughter: You will kill the dogs, but what will you do with the beasts?
Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy
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:

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.

______________________________________________

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.

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: 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.

THE CRISIS CONTINUES: all help still needed for the dogs and cats of Bosnia!

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It is day five of the emergency situation in Bosnia Herzegovina.

dogssavedThank you everyone for your ongoing donations! Rescue work continues with food being brought to stranded dogs and cats. Areas most affected are now being driven to as the water begins to subside.

While the Red Cross, the European Forces, the Slovenian Army, the UK Flood Response team and other organisations are assisting, as far as we know the only people trying to help strays and dogs and cats abandoned from evacuations are a tiny handful of animal advocates and groups like Marianne’s Dog Food Bank in Tuzla and Sapa Zenica in Zenica. We are distributing funds raised between as many as we can. PLEASE KEEP SHARING OUR FUNDRAISER.

The news is ongoingly terrible: at least 25 people dead and fears that landmines will be exposed after the torrential rain. Tens of thousands of homes are left without electricity or drinking water. We have no idea of the death toll of the animals.

Bosnia is facing a horrible catastrophe,” said Bakir Izetbegovic, the chairman of the Bosnian three-man presidency. “We are still not fully aware of actual dimensions of the catastrophe … we will have to take care of hundreds, thousands of people.”

Many people’s bodies have been recovered so far in Doboj. Word is that whole families died trapped in cars and ve10320555_559976740788879_1467791532359752923_nhicles when caught in flushing floods in the area. There is one of Bosnia’s ‘horror’ dog shelters in Doboj… rescuers have just reached it and tell us the situation there is critical. There is no food or water for the dogs.

Around 5000 houses are flooded in Prijedor municipality, 40,000 people are left without drinking water because municipal water system is flooded. Fedin Gunic’s safe haven for over 100 rescue dogs and cats shelter is without water.

In the northern town Banja Luka, the river Vrbas overflowed. “We have been waiting for the rescuers for hours, too many people are in danger,” Milanka Stojic, a 62-year-old pensioner said.Volunteers were trying to collect hundreds of stranded cattle that have fled flooded farms around Banja Luka, according to Mirko Ostojic, the owner of a dairy farm. “Many animals are trapped in the mud and dozens of sheep have just been swept away by the floods,” Ostojic said.

Embankments in Orašje have been breached by Sava river and settlements Vidovice and Kopanice are being flooded and evacuation of people has just begun. Dogs are being evacuated from Orašje dog shelter, supported by Animal-Kind International and BAF (Stichting Dierenopvang Bosnië)

WOMANAlso as the rescuers drive to the most affected areas they are of course coming across people in dire need, who stop the car and hope for some bread or water. As one of the animal rescuers said: “This is so embarrassing .. we feel ashamed ..People jumping in front of our car begging for food..People just begging me to give one bag of dog food thinking it is bread. This is terrible – People in Maglaj are starving, stopping our car, asking for food.” ***If you want to help with some funds so the rescuers have something to give please donate directly via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org but make sure to mark you donation for ‘human food and water’.***

Help is needed for the animals! Donations for petrol, veterinary care, food, everything. No amount is too small, with 10 euros it is possible can buy 10 kilos of dry food for dogs. If you can help please donate via our YouCaring or Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you! 

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Related posts:
DAY THREE: STATE OF EMERGENCY – all help needed!
WORST FLOODING IN 120 years! Strays and pets are in dire need!
EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!

News:
Bosnia and Serbia floods: thousands flee as death toll rises
LIVE BLOGS AND UPDATES: DEVASTATING FLOODS IN BOSNIA AND SERBIA
Bosnia floods create new land-mine risk in Balkans

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . 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.

DAY THREE: STATE OF EMERGENCY – all help needed!

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The government of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina has declared a state of natural disaster.


Overflowing rivers have burst into towns and villages, cutting off whole communities, landslides have buried houses. Whole suburbs of Sarajevo and other towns have been submerged. Army helicopters have been sent to evacuate thousands of stranded residents but reports say bad weather is hampering the rescue efforts.

banjalukadogAll animal rescuers are doing everything they can but with great difficulty as the worst hit areas are impossible to reach. We’ve raised donations for food supplies for strays and animals left behind but now there is a concern that local stores are not even able to supply enough.

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Even when flooding ceases, the situation will continue to be critical as we are probably looking at outbreaks of canine parvovirus, distemper, demodex and other diseases. So the rescue efforts need to be sustained!

We have contacted WVS and they have stated they will try to assist. In the meantime we continue to fundraise and have created a special YouCaring fundraiser for the emergency efforts:

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 19.04.22There is devastation everywhere, not just for dogs but for cats too…on BHT1 TV channel today (Bosnia Herzegovina public national broadcaster) the reporter from Doboj town explained how bad the situation is in Doboj and at the end of his report he added that there are many cats on roofs of houses and buildings that he can see from his apartment…

Drowned animals are found everywhere….

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Help is needed! Donations for petrol, veterinary care, food, everything. No amount is too small, with 10 euros it is possible can buy 10 kilos of dry food for dogs. If you can help please donate via our YouCaring or Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you!!

PLEASE ALSO CONTACT YOUR COUNTRY’S ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS AND VETERINARY ORGANISATIONS AND ASK THEM TO ASSIST!

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News articles:

The government of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina (FBiH) declared a state of natural disaster
Bosnia and Serbia emergency after ‘worst ever’ floods
Land mines shifted by Bosnia Flooding
Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina Slammed By Worst Flooding In Over A Century
House collapses into river

Related posts:

WORST FLOODING IN 120 years! Strays and pets are in dire need!
EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . 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.

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

hro-Psic-Rio-za-Zivota-600x300Article on Taco.net, May 8 2014
English Translation:

“A boy aged 11 from Prnjavor town admitted a terrible misdeed. In the presence of psychologist, teacher and school principal the boy shrugged his shoulders when asked why he killed the puppy,  Eleven year old K.S., a student of fifth grade of Primary School in Prnjavor town, stole the dog which was owned by his neighbors, played with it before he hanged the dog in the attic of an abandoned house. Police, s10178049_1468876213348587_6231318102226730186_nocial services, animal welfare organizations as well as the responsible people at the school were notified about the misdeed.

Mr. Ljubo Mitrovic, the shocked owner of the three month old ill-fated puppy, confirmed to the “Novosti” newspapers that the boy admitted his action. “We are disgusted with how the life of our innocent dog Rio has ended. We are especially disgusted because the morbid execution was committed by a child,” Mr. Ljubo Mitrovic commented bitterly. His grandsons Nemanja and Milos still believe that their pet dog will show up and come back home. Nobody at their home has dared to tell them the terrible truth. “Without any regret, he admitted to the school psychologist, school 10330305_1468876316681910_1404358475541908005_ncounselor, his teacher and the school principal that he hanged our dog Rio. His defense was shoulder shrugging, “added Mr. Mitrovic.

The eerie scene in the attic of the abandoned house in Zivojina Preradovica street, close to the main road in Banjaluka-Prnjavor, even shocked police officers. The lifeless body of a little dog, with a rope tightly tied around its neck, tied to a beam in the attic, reminded them of scenes from horror movies.

10259874_1468876273348581_856673205466535134_nAs it turned out, K.S. took advantage of the absence of the dog’s owner and stole it from the building’s yard. Confronted with the evidence, since he was spotted by other neighbors, the boy brought the dog’s owner to the crime scene. Police investigated and the case has been passed onto the social services who will try to find a solution. Because of the boy’s age it will not be possible to file criminal charges against him.

Severin Mitrović (age 38), Ljubo’s son, and father of children Nemanja and Milos, stated that when he talked to the mother of K.S. about her son’s behavior she just shrugged her shoulders due to her inability to change her son’s behavior for the better. K.S. is a child of divorced parents.

He has hanged kittens as well the dog Rio – who was loved by children who lived on Jovana Ducica and Zivojina Preradovica. The citizens of the town are not only sad, they are now in fear as well. Details of K.S’s earlier anti-social behaviour in both the school and the street have surfaced after Rio was killed. Citizens stressed that on one occasion he hanged five kittens belonging to his neighbor. “Besides animals we are now afraid for the safety of our children, stressed the upset and outraged citizens.” ”

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

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Related posts:

Dog’s Skull Deliberately Crushed in Bosnia Herzegovina
Dog Slaughter in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina

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

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Dog’s Skull Deliberately Crushed in Bosnia Herzegovina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Also on taco.net: Brutal attack on pet dog in Sarajevo
April 29, 2014
English translation follows:
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“”He threw the two months old puppy, she was launched two meters in the air just because she peed on the grass.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related posts:

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

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Yet another brutal dog murder in Bosnia Herzegovina

Pas_1A dog was strangled to death with antenna cable in Slatina district of Sarajevo, reported today on Radiosarajevo.ba: New Atrocity Against Animals.

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English translation of some of the article:

“Violence against animals is becoming more common throughout Bosnia Herzegovina, and the most recent case of torture and murder of animals took place in Sarajevo. On Sunday, 9 March,  a dog was found strangled by an antenna cable,  by a dumpster in the area of Slatina municipality Centre, Sarajevo.

The women who found the dog tried to find someone who could help. They called the vet, the police, the veterinary inspectors,  inspectors for the protection and welfare of animals from the Veterinary Office. The most common answer to these calls was that Sunday was not a working day, and that they are not to be disturbed and no longer bother with reports of this kind….

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Then they approached the Sarajevo Cantonal inspection to order an autopsy of the dog’s body which they drove to the Veterinary Faculty in Sarajevo, to determine the cause and time of death in order to detect and punish the offender in accordance with the criminal law and the FBiH Law on Protection and Welfare of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where stray and abandoned dogs have the right to be free from torture and killing, and the right to legal protection.

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As a reminder, violence toward animals has long been known as a dangerous indicator of psychopathology, which applies not only to animals, but can also lead to human victims…”

Rest in peace beautiful dog. May justice be served.
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NOTE: Those of you who have been monitoring the proposed amendments to the animal welfare laws in BiH, the next session of the House of Peoples is scheduled for March 12. Presumably they will vote on the amendments during this session.

Related posts:

Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
More than 40 killed dogs found in garbage dump
Poisoning of Dogs and Cats in Glamoc, Bosnia Herzegovina
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Mass Murder of Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina
Dog Massacre in Dobosnica, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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