Terror for strays on the streets of Sarajevo

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Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist in BiH writes:

On June 30th the Government of Canton Sarajevo issued a decision ordering the hygienic service of Public utility company “Rad” Ltd. Sarajevo and Public company “Veterinary station” Ltd. Sarajevo to begin mass catching of stray dogs in Sarajevo.

Authorities of Canton Sarajevo admit they don’t in fact have enough places to put caught stray dogs and more details about the mass actions will be published on Monday.

What we do know is that the hygienic service of “Rad” will actively be catching stray dogs in Sarajevo, and to a greater degree than ever before.

The hygienic service/dog catching service of P. E. “Rad” Ltd. of Canton Sarajevo began working on the 14th of August, 2015. The assembly of Canton Sarajevo voted to establish this hygienic service in March, 2015, after the Bosnian media portals presented months of debate between animal protection activists and organisations and the government authorities. Canton Sarajevo’s efforts to establish this hygienic service failed in the autumn of 2014 after activists uncovered that the government had, in fact, issued an illegal decision to establish the service.

Most of the dogs caught by dog catchers of “Rad” are taken to the Cantonal veterinary station of Canton Sarajevo (Stup) where the dogs are examined and then taken to shelters for stray dogs.

10801687_379932732183613_2004348567224426053_nHowever, the hygienic service of P. E. “Rad” Ltd. does not fulfil the conditions required for a legal hygienic service, conditions which are provided by the laws of the country.

The most disturbing fact is that the director of this hygienic service is the notorious Mustafa Maglajlija. He was the director of an illegal killing pound that existed within “Rad” until 2009. Dog catchers’ service of P. E. “Rad” was previously active until 2009, and became a notorious group of dog catchers who were known for their mass slaughter of stray dogs in Canton Sarajevo. All these atrocities happened under the supervision of Mustafa Maglajlija. Also, the headquarters of the new hygienic service are in the same building as that of the former killing pound which is now full of stray dogs that have been caught by the new team of “Rad“. It is impossible to enter to the facility but witnesses have confirmed new dogs are arriving all the time.

It is obvious that the government of Canton Sarajevo has established a new facility for money laundering that is trying to work in the same way as it worked until 2009. The dog catching service of “Rad” wants to establish the same policy of killing as the Lokom dog catching service established since 2013.
Untitled2Mass catching of stray dogs in Sarajevo will cause existing shelters to become even more overcrowded than ever. These public shelters do not provide even the barest minimum of health and safety for dogs.

According to provisions of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia every municipality is obliged to establish and finance shelters for stray animals as well as hygienic services to catch and transport stray animals to veterinary stations and shelters. Two very important laws were legislated in 2010: laws on the establishment of and conditions within shelters for stray animals and hygienic services. Both laws provide very strict and humane ways of establishing and maintaining of shelters and hygienic services. Bosnia and Herzegovina has one of the best animal welfare legislations in Europe, but the reality is a very different state of affairs and animals within these shelters and caught by the ‘dog catchers’ suffer greatly.

This decision of the Government of Canton Sarajevo is an illegal decision because there are no shelters that fulfil the conditions required by the law. Before a mass action of catching of dogs can be organised, legal shelters must be built and a register of pets must be established.

When authorities finance the catching and placing of stray dogs in illegal shelters, authorities are committing criminal offences according to Bosnian criminal laws. These offences include cruelty to and killing of animals, money laundering and abuse of an office or official authority.

Article 318 of Criminal Law of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cruelty towards and Killing of an Animal

(1) Whoever severely maltreats an animal or exposes it to unnecessary or long-lasting suffering, or causes it unnecessary pain, or unlawfully destroys animals’ habitats in a larger scale or within a wider area, or kills animals contrary to regulations, shall be punished by a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

(2) Whoever perpetrates the criminal offence referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article for the bet or other material gain, or if, by the criminal offence referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article, the death of larger number of animals or protected species is caused, shall be punished by a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.

In Bosnia Herzegovina there are many illegal shelters for stray animals managed by persons close to Bosnian authorities. Politically eligible persons construct so-called shelters for stray animals, which basically have the a function a concentration camp. The managers /owners of these shelters invoice for false spay/neuter programs, for food that will never be given to the animals; for veterinary examination and treatment, and at the end, a means for euthanasia.

P1020736Animals are tortured and killed in those shelters. Animals are beaten, cut, clubbed, and worse. Animals are not given adequate water, food, accommodation, they freeze or are exposed to extremely high temperatures. Animals are killed with wires, clubs, glass shreds, poison, firearms.

In the meantime, the local authorities finance people who own those shelters. In addition there are a number of illegal hygienic services which receive money from budgets from different municipalities. These hygienic services kill stray animals, but receive money for food, medications, treatment, catching of stray animals as well as their placement as if they are alive.

Praca shelter, the only registered and the biggest shelter in Bosnia has many problems. It is overcrowded, but at least people are allowed to donate food and medications for dogs, and rescuers are able help to maintain the shelter and provide food, but the situation is still not ideal by any means. This shelter should have been financed by all the municipalities of Canton Sarajevo, but after it was published how much of the budget money had been spent for illegal activities, the shelter was forgotten, but many new dogs were placed there. Apparently, dozens of new dogs are arriving at Praca shelter because of the mass catching of stray dogs in Sarajevo.

Gladnopuppies copyDogs caught are also being taken to the shelter of Gladno Polje in Sarajevo. Rescuers also do their best to take care of the dogs here, but the situation is also critical. More dogs are coming in all the time and the money that is allocated for the shelter by the municipality authorities is not in fact used to provide food other necessities for the dogs and the shelter. Those funds are laundered by establishment of the shelter and authorities.

Because of money laundering through illegal shelters, Bosnian authorities in fact want to have more stray dogs on the streets, not less as they publicise to the citizens. If there are increasing numbers of dogs on the streets, then more dogs can be killed/removed and more money can be stolen.

The paradox is that the veterinary inspection and the police, while being obliged to prevent and punish illegal dog catchers, in fact support them and protect their illegal activities.

gladnosadpuppyActivists are facing the biggest challenge ever and we are fighting against a corrupt system. Police officers and veterinary inspectors have filed a lot of minor offence warrants against activists who are saving animals and fighting against the dog catchers. Since the accusations are false and warrants are not filed in accordance with Bosnian law, activists will prove, before the court in Sarajevo, that the police officers and veterinary inspectors are involved in criminal activities.

The first thing the authorities and the establishment of “Rad” must do is to fulfil the legal obligation of transparency: which means that it must be possible for dogs caught by them to be visited and monitored by activists and citizens.

It is necessary to force the authorities to implement the law and provide a transparent and legal dog catching service and it is clear that we can only force them to do so by filing not only criminal reports but a private suit against all officials who are abusing their position.

The Bosnian law on Protection and Welfare of Animals is one of the best in Europe. In spite of this, a great body of evidence has been gathered and presented to prosecutors and the police about illegal activities. And while there are several on-going investigations into money laundering through illegal shelters and hygienic services, all these atrocities are still happening. It is one of the worst violations of the Criminal Code in Bosnian history.

International focus and help is the only solution for animals in Bosnia. It is very important that international animal welfare organisations, embassies as well as individuals press the Bosnian authorities to stop P1020644killing of animals.

The only way to protect animals in Bosnia is to force Bosnian authorities to actually implement their own laws. Rescuers and NGOs should be overtly involved in implementation of the law. There are so many projects and ideas that could be done in accordance with the law in order to control population of the stray animals in humane and effective ways. Those projects are available in both the short and long term, but the authorities do not avail themselves of these solutions.

The imperative is to stop the killing and to enable rescuers to have access to all shelters and dog catching services, not only is this a legal obligation of the authorities, but rescuers can actually assist with the monitoring of the shelters and looking after the animals. Authorities must take their responsibility for solving this problem.

Silence on many international subjects is something we all should worry about. Only public and international pressure can force authorities to start doing their job. People who wish to help Bosnian stray animals should inform their embassies, the international animal protection and welfare organisations and media, letting them know that the situation in Bosnia is not much different than in Romania and other countries where stray animals suffer enormous cruelty.

Rescuers in Bosnia cannot save all strays. So many more lives could be saved if the authorities are forced to implement their own laws.

HOW TO HELP: Please see this post What to do about Gladno Polje Shelter in Sarajevo? which has information on how to locate your embassy, and a draft letter you can modify to send, to them. Please address also your letters to the Bosnian authorities here:

Prime minister of Canton Sarajevo, Dino Konaković,   premijer@vlada.ks.gov.ba
Minister of Utility infrastracture, Senad Hasanspahić ministar@mki.ks.gov.ba and
mki@mki.ks.gov.ba

You may add to your letter the following transcript of the speech Dalida Kozlic delivered during the session of the Assembly of Canton Sarajevo.

The problem of overpopulation of stray dogs is a direct consequence of the failure to implement, as well as a series of obstructions and misuse of the Act on the Protection and Welfare of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been lasting since 2009 when the law came into force. The Act on Protection Act and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a lex specialis (the main legislation) in the field of treating animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Act, as well as related by-laws, are the main legal framework for all other laws and by-laws that are legislated by the legislative authorities at any level of organization of authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which regulate the relation, keeping and treatment of animals.

By attempting only a partial and non-systematic implementation of the Act, the agony of stray dogs on the streets as well as citizens will only widen further, and budget funds will be spent on non-purpose, illegal and unsystematic attempts to solve the problem. Instead of solving the problem with legal solutions, authorities have been financing the killing of stray animals in illegal pounds for years. Financing of illegal pounds is a violation of the provisions of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, as well as a serious offence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Failure to implement the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals is the result of a series of abuses and obstructions as well as of the authorities dealing only with consequences and not with the causes of the problem, and the causes are the abandonment of animals, irresponsible ownership and uncontrolled reproduction.

Increased numbers of dogs on the streets is always and only a direct result of irresponsible ownership, and failure to implement preventive measures that are provided by the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, such as punishing those who abandon animals, the full identification of ownership and pets, spay/neuter projects with vaccination and tagging of stray animals in an appropriate form and number, and education and information campaigns which are aimed to raise public awareness about the causes of the problem.

The Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals very clearly and precisely provides solutions for dealing with an overpopulation of stray animals in Bosnia. The first legal obligation of authorities is to build shelters for stray animals, whose purpose is to care for stray animals until they are adopted. Conditions that all shelters must fulfil are provided by the Ordinance on the establishment and the conditions that must be fulfilled by shelters for stray animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Another legal obligation of the authorities is the registration of ownership of animals.

For seven years the State Veterinary Office has not enacted the laws on registration, micro-chipping and identification of ownership of animals Bosnia and Herzegovina, nor has established a unified register of ownership of animals. Abandoning of animals by their owners is a direct generator of the problem, and the cause of abandoning of animals is the policy of impunity of people who abandon their animals. The only way to solve this problem is for municipalities and cantons to establish their own registries of ownership of animals, and this will significantly contribute to improving the situation in the canton, and then the entity and state level. Sarajevo Canton authorities have already been offered software for the registration of ownership of animals.

If the registry of tagged animals and owners of animals is established, it will enable the identification, prosecution and punishment of people who abandon the animals. The implementation of repressive measures will directly affect the consciousness of citizens and achieve the functions of general and special prevention and repression. Because of the absence of a register of breeders, illegal breeding causes an increasing of number of stray animals. Irresponsible or unregistered breeders and breeding contributes to increasing the number of stray animals.

Although it is their legal obligation, municipalities and cities refuse to finance the construction and maintenance of shelters for stray animals because of poor financial conditions, but we witness everyday improper and illegal spending of budget funds. Also false information about the cost of maintaining shelters is published. If violators of the provisions of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals are punished, the funds raised from fines ought to be directed towards the construction and maintenance of shelters for stray animals. Also implementation of the Act of Protection and Welfare of Animals can be financed by funds collected from legally obligatory vaccination of dogs against rabies. Until shelters for stray animals are built, municipalities can assist by financing the feeding of stray animals, and authorities are obliged to implement spay/neuter projects.

If the shelters for stray animals, which must be “centres for treatment and adopting of stray animals,” are built and maintained in accordance with state regulations and law, and if there is an appropriate policy for establishing and managing shelters, the cost will be low. Quality education and raising awareness of the citizens will mean an increase in the percentage of adoption of abandoned animals.

Hygienic services are directly related to the existence of shelters for stray animals and because of this, the establishment of hygienic services cannot be an independent measure to solve the problem and to decrease the population of stray animals. Hygienic services must be established in accordance with the provisions of the law on the establishment and the conditions that hygienic services must fulfil in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of a hygienic service is capturing and transport of stray animals to veterinary stations and shelters. Certainly the establishment of a legal hygienic services is necessary, but hygienic services cannot exist and work without implementing all the other legal obligations of the authorities, especially without building shelters. If hygienic services work without implementing all the provisions and measures provided by the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, those services do not solve the problem and they are perfect grounds for different abuses and misuses of the laws. The working of hygienic service of Public company “Rad” Ltd. without full implementation of Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals represents an improper and illegal spending of budget funds.

Only by full implementation of Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, misuse and illegal killing in shelters and hygienic services can be prevented. Also, all responsible authorities such as Veterinary Office, Veterinary inspection, authorised official veterinarians, police, etc., must be involved in the implementation of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, and it is their legal obligation. Authorities have failed to fulfil their legal obligations and many authorities that are responsible for implementation of the Act have actually violated the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals. Such illegal behaviour must be punished and prevented.

Preventing of abuse, which are particularly related to the fact that stray dogs can “ disappear” is only possible by consistent implementation of all the measures stipulated by the Act on the protection and welfare of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as the maximum commitment and legal responsibility for the implementation of the Law on the protection and welfare of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and these are the SVO, Inspectorates of veterinary inspection, an authorized official veterinarians, police officers and others. Such engagement is so far absent even in many of the cases which are violations of the law by those responsible for its implementation.

You should be aware that the partial and manipulating misuse of Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, which has been in practice so far, only makes an even greater and longer-lasting problem. The problem of overpopulation of stray dogs in Sarajevo Canton can be solved by the registration of ownership of dogs, engaging a certified trainer for the protection of animals to educate people, assistance in developing of a strategy to solve the problem of stray animals and finally the building self-sustaining shelters for stray animals.

Without complete and consistently implementing of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, the problem of overpopulation of stray animals will not be solved. It is important to end the illegal practice of partial implementation of the law which is a criminal offence and which causes the problem to become even more complicated and difficult.

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Also there is a petition you can sign, but it is our experience these petitions do not make much difference. It is better to send emails and letters as suggested above.

Two videos from AWABosnia’s visit to Sarajevo in 2014:

 


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Stray Dogs in Sarajevo: a documentary
Dog Catchers of Sarajevo: Latest news
Disturbing Irregularities found in Dog Catching Service of Sarajevo
The Dog Catchers of Sarajevo are Back
Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illesgal Dog Catchers
Former Military Base in Sarajevo involved in dog killing?
“DOG-CATCHERS” OF SARAJEVO CAUGHT IN ACTION!
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2014: What is happening to the strays of Bosnia Herzegovina?
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Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?
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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
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Bosnia: Sarajevo set to become the next Bucharest
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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.

Stray Dogs in Sarajevo: a documentary

13425_10206975866062246_592115921099283898_nThe following is a documentary by the French director and journalist Julien Tridat who investigated the issue of the infamous ‘dog catchers’ of P.E. “Lokum” of Novi Grad who Dalida Kozlic and others have been trying to bring to justice. Dalida and other rescuers are interviewed in the film:

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The blurb to the video says: “Since the end of the war in Bosnia in 1995, it is estimated that more than 100,000 stray dogs were killed in Sarajevo. While taking care of abandoned animals was not the center of attention Bosnian authorities during the rebuilding of the ruined city, in recent years, under pressure from the European Union, they introduced strict rules relating to the treatment of stray dogs. However, the situation is not in conformity with what is on paper: Activists for animal care accuse authorities of brutality, corruption and abuse of animals. French journalist Julien Trdat has researched this gripping story of Sarajevo.”

The film has English voice over for the most part, but sadly not for what some of the most notorious killers of dogs said when interviewed (eg Mustafa Mrkulić), but the voice over explains the situation very well.



Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:
Dog Catchers of Sarajevo: Latest news
Disturbing Irregularities found in Dog Catching Service of Sarajevo
The Dog Catchers of Sarajevo are Back
Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illesgal Dog Catchers
Former Military Base in Sarajevo involved in dog killing?
“DOG-CATCHERS” OF SARAJEVO CAUGHT IN ACTION!
AUTHORISED SLAUGHTER OF DOGS IN SARAJEVO
2014: What is happening to the strays of Bosnia Herzegovina?
Animal Advocates Assaulted in Sarajevo
Bosnia: Let’s Respect Animals and their Right to Life
Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?
The “Aggressive” Dogs of Sarajevo
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!
ANTI KILL-LAW FIGHT – NOW WHAT?

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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.

The responsibility of an animal rescuer

By Dalida Kozlic

Not so long time ago, I wrote a post about animal rescuers who have been doing the work of Bosnian authorities.

12803266_1132172030149396_1481751104226047188_nSummary is that NGOs, rescuers, activists and ordinary people have had to find a way to save as many animals as possible. Because of this awful and paradoxical situation, many private shelters  – kennels – called “pensions” have been built in Bosnia.  Rescuers are forced, at great financial cost, to take their rescues to these pensions since they cannot keep a lot of dogs at their home.  Many rescuers have in fact turned their homes into shelters, but the difficulties here are enormous and there is a limited number they can keep.

When a Bosnian rescuer finds a wounded or abused stray dog or cat, they must take all responsibility if they are to rescue the animal: they must take the dog or cat to the vet on their own and they have to pay veterinary costs and costs of pensions in order to save the lives of these strays. This is the only way to save stray dogs and cats in this country, and yet all these things are actually the obligation of the Bosnian authorities. But, not only do rescuers do the authorities’ job, many of them are actually attacked by the Bosnian authorities because every time a rescuer saves the life of a stray animal, the rescuer is actually preventing the authorities from catching and then killing that animal – which means they are preventing them from pocketing money. Bosnian authorities use public dog shelters and dog catching services to launder money from the budget by killing stray animals and then pocketing money that is in fact meant for food and veterinary services for these animals. The more dogs the rescuers rescue, the fewer animals the authorities can use in these illegal money-making activities.

12809714_10207668953555492_3787774917193158948_nAfter 15 years of rescue work and hundreds of saved and adopted animals, I can tell you that running an animal rescue is not an easy job. There are a staggering number of animals who need help every day and if a rescuer can or cannot intervene, it’s often a case of life or death for the animal.

People often tell me they can’t visit animal shelters in Bosnia because it makes them sad. Animal shelters make Bosnian rescuers sad, too, but we refuse to let our emotions get in the way of saving lives. We understand we can’t save them all but we can and do make a difference. Alone, rescuers have shed many tears for animals they can’t save. But they get up the next day and get back into the ring as they fight for those creatures who can’t speak for themselves.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 17.34.33The number of lives we can save is dictated by the amount of funds raised and every adoption is a victory and a joy.

Responsibility of the animal rescuers is huge. Thousands of lives depend on us and our ability to find places to keep them safe, provide a veterinary care and find right forever homes.

Responsibility to save a being’s life is the biggest responsibility in the world. If we fail to provide the right care for saved animals, we fail to save their lives. There is a famous quote saying: “In rescuing animals I lost my mind, but I found my soul“. This is an absolute truth.

Rescue isn’t a verb, it is a promise that every rescuer gives animals.

MalaYou must make sure that whatever actions you take are in the best interest of the animals, and when you live in Bosnia it is very difficult to have the best solutions if you want to save a dog or cat’s life. Rescuers are often forced to choose between saving lives and finding finances to pay for pensions and veterinary care needed for their existing rescues. But it is a price we all pay for the situation in our country.

Rescuing doesn’t end once an animal is out of a death situation. It is important to take the time necessary with each animal and make sure that all the proper steps are taken to find them a loving, permanent home. Rescuing animals is a very high stress endeavour. Caring for them requires 24 hour a day, 7 days a week and there is an additional huge stress because of the fundraising needed to be done to do the work and to keep the animals safe. Fundraising is almost a full time job. It is important not to underestimate the amount of care and the level of commitment that is necessary to save animals in Bosnia.

As rescuers we know that every time we save an animal there is the possibility that this animal can make a profound impact on one person’s life. We dream of a day when our services won’t be needed, where there is a loving home waiting for every dog and cat in the world.

By Dalida Kozlic
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Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:

2014: What is happening to the strays of Bosnia Herzegovina?
Disturbing Irregularities found in Dog Catching Service of Sarajevo
Bosnia: Let’s Respect Animals and their Right to Life
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?
The “Aggressive” Dogs of Sarajevo
Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy
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. 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.

Yet another dog brutally tortured in Bosnia

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By Dalida Kozlic, lawyer

Bosnian rescuers, activists and citizens are shocked by a new case of brutality against a dog.

A badly tortured dog was found near a children’s school in Hrasno, part of Sarajevo, on the 19th February. Two local girls noticed that dog had a very serious wound on his throat and they took him to the veterinary station where a veterinarian confirmed that someone had tried to cut dog’s throat with a knife or other sharp weapon. The wound of the throat was very deep and wide and it was clear that the dog had been brutally attacked.

The dog, named Leon by his rescuers, has been operated on two times so far and he is stable. There is a risk of sepsis but he is under constant veterinary care and all necessary medications are being administered. He very responsive with his rescuers, once again proving the extraordinary faith and trust that dogs have in humans, in spite of being treated so abominably.

All Bosnian media portals have publicised this case and a crimi12742439_10153506451723251_829279088377824959_nnal report has been filled against the currently unknown offender(s). Since the number of cases of torturing of animals has been increasing in Sarajevo, we all want to force the police and prosecutors to find the person or persons who committed this awful crime.

It is more than obvious that Sarajevo is a city filled with psychopaths as this brutal crime proves. Also, there is the fact that the dog was found near a school, surely the law enforcement forces must take notice?

12745727_10153506451798251_7169106808744060280_nIt is evident that there is a someone who enjoys torturing of animals in Hrasno, Sarajevo and therefore all necessary actions should be done in order to identify this person. Animal abusers are psychopaths who intentionally know what they do and who are fully aware of their actions and the consequences, but who do not empathize with other living beings. The most important thing for them is to find satisfaction by expressing power and control over helpless creatures and thus cure their frustrations and / or complexes.

Once again rescuers want to prove that animal abusers are people with pathological personality features, who tend to become abusers and killers of people (if not already). Prosecution and sectioning of animal abusers is a basic function of animal protection. Special prevention sends a message to abusers that if they reoffend their offence against animals, they are to be arrested and punished. This message is thus sent to society that the state and the judiciary do not tolerate animal abuse, and the problem is recognized as a deep social anomaly and that each abuser is to be punished. We need to ensure that these things happen in Bosnia Herzegovina otherwise the abuse will continue.
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Leon’s recovery will be a long process and if you want to help rescuers who are taking care of him, you can contact Aida Halilagic and Alma Kovacevic on Facebook. At the time of writing all funds other than 15 euros have been raised to cover the initial operation and one month in the vet clinic, but ongoing care will be needed. You can donate via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below, but be sure to mark you donation for LEON.

This poor dog has an opportunity to get better life thanks to these good people. We all hope that he will recover from his injuries but recovery from trauma will be a long process and he will need a safe forever home where he will be safe from evil people. If you can help please contact Aida and Alma as above or send an email to info@awabosnia.org.

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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.

The spirit of a tortured dog

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 16.38.43By Dalida Kozlic, lawyer

In memory of Lilly

Few weeks ago one of my beloved dogs died. Her name was Lilly. My parents and I saved her in April 2013. She was starved and part of her leg was missing. We found out that someone had cut off part of her leg with an axe and left her to die. Lilly had managed to come to the centre of Ilijas where we found her. Her condition was awful. Her leg was infected; she was completely starving, with terrible problems with fleas and stomach problems. Lilly’s leg was amputated since nothing could be done to save it.

For two years Lilly proved to me how wonderful and inspiring stray and tortured dogs can be. She lived my parents and I at our home with other dogs. Lilly was full of life, her spirit wasn’t broken. During that period I saved a lot of dogs including many puppies. Lilly was a mother to all of them, she played with them, taught them how to behave with older dogs, spent time with them. She was an alpha dog in my pack, always full of life and ready to help me with other dogs, to control and take care of them.

During all these years in rescue world I have seen so many cases of tortured animals, I have seen a lot of pain and suffering of innocent beings, I have seen what people can do to those who can’t defend themselves. Also, I have seen that every tortured animal has an unbreakable spirit that every tortured animal can be inspiration for many other animals and for people too. It is difficult to gain trust from tortured animals. During that process every rescuer has an opportunity to learn a lot about understanding and the adaptation of hurt souls and bodies. If we give our best, those animals can learn that there are good people and they can have a normal life without pain and stress. Seeing that an abused animals is recovered is wonderful and the best thing in the rescue process. Healing is difficult process, as well as understanding. Every animal has an individual personality and rescuers must find a way to help that personality to heal.

Thanks to Lilly I found out how an abused animal can help other animals, how she could teach other dogs to be careful, to be good and to recognise good and bad things, and how to become strong dogs with strong personality. Lilly gave her best to be “spirit” of my home, she gave me support with other dogs, and she became a wonderful leader of my pack.

Remember every saved animal must be helped not only to heal wounds on its body, but to heal wounds on its soul. Every saved animal can teach you more good things than all the people you meet in your life, because suffering in silence is the worst thing that exists in the world…


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Related posts:
Vucko’s Legacy

Torturing and killing of strays in areas with problematic human population
Slaughter of stray dogs in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia
Puppy Flung off Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Brutal Murder of Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

Extermination of dogs at Breza Coal Mine, Bosnia

Mass killing of stray dogs in Banovici, Bosnia

Dogs Poisoned in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia

Another Mass Killing of Dogs in Bosnia

Dogs Brutally Slaughtered in Bosnia HerzegovinaPuppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina

Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

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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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.

paypal_banner

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.

Rescue of dogs from massacre at landfill site, Bosnia

12651168_967546783312216_3930233928752862771_nMany of you read the recent post about the terrible massacre of dogs at the landfill site in Cazin in north west Bosnia Herzegovina. On the 28th rescuers from Sarajevo drove the 300 km to try to rescue the survivors. 17 dogs were rescued, fourteen of these were puppies whose mothers had been killed. The puppies were found wandering around the corpses, desperate for food…  one puppy was badly injured, and one of the adults, both from shot wounds.


12647096_967547379978823_8430212453973404970_nEdina, one of the rescuers, wrote: “Yesterday was a day I will never forget…💔 We got home late yesterday so I didn`t have neither time or strength to write about what happened at the horrible depot in Cazin… First of all, just thinking about where we were going to go and what we were going to see made us feel bad…😞 When we got there we met up with some friends from that place… The entrance to the depot was horrific… There were 10-15 white Roma people there… To be honest I don`t know what to call them... Don`t mean to offend anyone… But when I saw that they threw rocks and garbage from the depot at each other and the way they behaved really scared me…

TRexhen the poor dogs started to run towards us… That made me feel even worse… I didn`t know that there were many dogs left alive there… Our goal was to gather and bring with us all the remaining dogs… According to the information we got, there were supposed to be about 10 puppies and a couple of grown dogs there… But when they started to run towards us, I was shocked… I feared that the people there would attack us and that they would hurt the dogs… I asked them nicely if they could help us rescue the remaining dogs… They laughed and said that they were easy to sell… I got angry and asked them that if they were so easy to sell, why didn`t they sell them? Why were they left here for hunters to kill them? 😡 

BabyGirlI was both angry and sad… I told them that I was ready to pay them to help us.. The dogs screamed when they were trying to catch them and they laughed… 😢 It was horrible, but we couldn`t say anything… That was until they lifted one dog by the ears and neck… And then they threw her to the ground… After that chaos broke out… We didn`t have a chance to catch that dog and my heart cries for her… They started to shout all kinds of things towards us and we had to leave… We rescued as many dogs that we could fit into the car…

I`ll never forget this horrible experience… Feel so sorry for the dogs that were left behind… I hope someone can save them…

One of the bigger dogs rescued had survived a bullet… She was rushed to the vet. 



Edina wrote:

12631285_968531123213782_5958951152438642167_nUnfortunately I don`t have any good news to give you about little Hanny who was rescued from the Cazin depot… 😞 While the dogs were running away from the hunters, who were shooting at them, she got shot… She`s badly injured from a shotgun and there are pieces of the shot still left in her body… 😞😢 She`s in a lot of pain and keeps her leg up at the elbow… She cries out if anyone tries to touch her leg… The reason is that this is an old wound and she`s got sepsis…. 😞 Puss is pouring out in big amounts… The little hero has stayed at the clinic and she will stay there for now…

She`s receiving antibiotics, but the vets aren`t able to save her leg… It will have to be urgently amputated… I`m really sad for her, but the most important thing now is to save her life because she`s still in danger… In addition to all of this she has a bad diarrhea… Everything that has happened these last days has really taken my away so much strength from me… It hurts to think about what these poor dogs have been through… While they were killing their friends, sisters and brothers… Hanny and the other survivors tried to run away, but she was still shot… 💔 These hunters are true monsters… Hanny is only a year old and has 8 kilos… 😢 “

tysonAnd this is little Tyson, shot in the hind leg. He is still in the vet clinic. It is a shocking truth that hunters take pleasure in hurting these defenceless dogs who do no harm to anyone, living as they do on the landfill site. And a shocking truth that this goes on all over Bosnia.

Thanks to generous donations many of the puppies have sponsors, and the Harmony Fund has donated towards vet costs. Four puppies have been diagnosed with canine parvovirus which is a devastating illness, but hopefully it has been caught soon enough and not spread to the others. Funds will be needed still, as time goes on and details on how to help are below.

Here is a video of some of the rescued puppies on the way to safety…

And another video when they reached safety…



If you wish to help with ongoing costs of the rescued animals please send 12660478_10205138129233591_1392837363_ndonations via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org but be sure to mark your donation as ‘Cazin dogs’.

Any saved dogs will stay in Sarajevo until homes are found for them in the UK or Europe. These homes will be thoroughly checked.

Over 250 dogs and cats have been homed with the help of AWABosnia and Help for Furries. If you think you can help with offering a home please send an email to info@awabosnia.org. Also please do share this post far and wide, thank you!

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Related posts:

Slaughter of stray dogs at landfill site, Bosnia
Slaughter of stray dogs in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia

Puppy Flung off Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Brutal Murder of Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

Extermination of dogs at Breza Coal Mine, Bosnia

Mass killing of stray dogs in Banovici, Bosnia

Dogs Poisoned in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia

Another Mass Killing of Dogs in Bosnia

Dogs Brutally Slaughtered in Bosnia HerzegovinaPuppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina

Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

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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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.

paypal_banner

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.

Slaughter of stray dogs at landfill site, Bosnia

12553008_960242650729826_6676578519293042910_nA group of dogs lived in a landfill site in Cazin in north west Bosnia Herzegovina, about  300 km from Sarajevo. Local hunters entered the area yesterday and slaughtered most of the dogs: pregnant dogs, mothers, puppies, all shot and left in piles of trash. The few survivors who are mainly puppies are now sleeping next to their dead mothers and siblings.

This is not the first time this has happened in this particular landfill site  – we made a post about a similar slaughter one year ago, almost to the date. As noted there: “In Bosnia and Herzegovina torture and killing animals is a common occurrence. In adults the offence is punishable by fine or imprisonment, however the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of such crimes very rarely occur, but the activists will not cease from attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

1914917_960243150729776_1806615317131243708_nThere are approximately 10 puppies and one or two adults still in the area and Miska Oksanen with the assistance of Edina Pasic of Andjeo Sarajevo is trying to save as many of the survivors as possible before the hunters decide to come back to finish their work.

The person who shared the information told us that the hunters went to a pub to have a good time after slaughtering these poor strays who bothered no one.

12573675_960243674063057_5237021849110560968_nMiska and Edina are working hard to raise funds for the rescue mission. If you wish to help help please send donations via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org but be sure to mark your donation as ‘Cazin dogs’.

Any saved dogs will be brought to Sarajevo where they will stay until long term homes are found for them in the UK or Europe.

Please view the slideshow of photographs:

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Related posts:

Slaughter of stray dogs in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia
Puppy Flung off Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Brutal Murder of Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

Extermination of dogs at Breza Coal Mine, Bosnia

Mass killing of stray dogs in Banovici, Bosnia

Dogs Poisoned in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia

Another Mass Killing of Dogs in Bosnia

Dogs Brutally Slaughtered in Bosnia HerzegovinaPuppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina

Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

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

_____________________________________________
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.

paypal_banner

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.

Vucko’s Legacy

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 16.29.07By Dalida Kozlic, lawyer

Winter time is one of the worst periods in the year for animals and activists in Bosnia. The main reason is the Bosnian coldness and snow, which cause severe problems for stray animals: they need more food, more protection, more attention. But there is one more reason every activist hates winters in Bosnia — the illegal use of fireworks.

The illegal use of fireworks in our country is a common problem. Fireworks are often used by children and teenagers, but adults are also regular users of fireworks. Animals and small children are victims of this illegal “fun” of the Bosnian people, and during winters there is an increasing number of fireworks used in Bosnian streets.

This illegal fun of the Bosnian people caused one victim whose story no activist or person involved in rescuing animals will ever forget, a victim whose story will chase us forever.

Vucko was a young German shepherd dog who had the misfortune to be born in and to live in Bosnia. In Ilidza (a small town, part of Canton Sarajevo) on the 11th November 2011, two drunken teenagers put a firework in his mouth, taped his jaw shut and then set the firework alight. The explosion caused one of the most horrific injuries of a dog’s face that people had ever seen, but it did not kill him. After he had been so horrifically injured, Vucko wandered the streets for five days. His face was completely disfigured; his jaw was destroyed, as well as his tongue and his teeth. He was in awful pain, without any possibility to eat or to drink. No one helped him until group of activists found out about him and rushed him to a Veterinary faculty in Sarajevo. The veterinarians were shocked by his injuries and condition. Part of the firework was still in his face.  Worms and maggots were eating the destroyed tissue. There was no hope his face could be reconstructed in Bosnia or elsewhere, it was completely destroyed.

(Note, you can see pictures and video of Vucko’s injuries here, but be warned, they are shocking and graphic)

Vucko was euthanized, but his story has remained to teach us a few things.

Activists named him Vucko. It is a Bosnian word for small wolf. The sad irony is that Vucko was also the name of the mascot of the Olympic Games, held in Sarajevo in 1984. By 2011, Sarajevo was famous for its notorious attitude towards animals, especially stray animals.

Vucko’s story showed the world how violent Bosnian people are towards stray animals and how passive Bosnian authorities are towards solving cases of animal abuse. The teenagers who did this to Vucko were never prosecuted. The official excuse of police officers and the prosecutor was that there was not enough evidence, and that “they were only drunken teenagers”. And, there are some of us who will never give up on trying to bring justice for Vucko.

However there was one more aspect of Vucko’s story which proved Bosnian cruelty towards and ignorance of those who suffered. Vucko’s was wandering for five days and no one helped him, no one tried to catch him. Only when activists found out about him, was he brought to a vet. No “ordinary citizens” had reacted. Our society is incapable of understanding of animal abuse. This proves that our society does not understand those who are unable to fight for themselves, it does not understand their rights. Our society has a complete lack of empathy for those who suffer.

Bosnian people do not want to understand that animal abusers are people with pathological personality traits, people who tend to become abusers and killers of people (if not already).

Vucko’s case proves that our society as well as our legal enforcement agencies are not interested in helping injured animals, nor are they interested in bringing abusers to court. Prosecution of animal abusers is the basic function in protecting animals. Special prevention should send a message to abusers that if they reoffend, they are to be arrested and punished. This message would therefore sent to the society that the state and the judiciary system do not tolerate animal abuse, and thus the problem is recognized as a deep social anomaly and that each abuser is to be punished.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina torture and killing animals is a criminal offence. However, the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the crime very rarely occur. The problem of the judicial institutions and the police is similar; it is generally the view that cases of animal abuse are irrelevant to judicial institutions and prosecutors. Essentially, police officers are not capable of understanding how dangerous animal abusers are and what problems they can cause to the society.

People have started realising that in the heart of Europe there is a small country that pays no attention to the rights of animals even though it has one of the best Acts on Protection and Welfare of Animals in Europe. What even sadder about this story is the fact that the Bosnian people survived the worst war conflict after World War II. More than 200 000 people were killed, a million of citizens left the country, and hundreds of thousands were victims awful massacres, ethnic cleaning, raping, daily torture and starvation in the period from 1992 to 1995. We all knew what it meant to be desperate and helpless during the war, and yet no one wanted to help Vucko. Bosnian people have the best knowledge about being helpless, and yet most of them do not feel empathy towards helpless animals.

Believe me, things were so different during the war. It seems to me that many people have lost their hearts after the war.

However, Vucko’s awful destiny has resulted not only in the publicising of atrocities that have happened to animals, it has created a whole new aspect towards helping animals in Bosnia.

Thanks to the widespread publication of Vucko’s fate, including through this website and blog, people have had an opportunity to know the scale of atrocities Bosnian animals are going through. Vucko’s story has helped galvanise people outside of Bosnia towards helping save animals in the country.  Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia (AWABosnia) and other groups and individuals have saved thousands of animals since Vucko died. I believe that this blog and AWABosnia have played one of the most important roles in preventing Bosnian authorities from legislating amendments to the Act on Protection and Welfare Animals, amendments which could allow a kill policy for stray animals. In Memory of Vucko (this blog, run by Sandra Jensen) is, I believe, the best way to follow Vucko’s path. People who are involved in this project have given up a lot of things to make things better for Bosnian animals, and thank you for that.

Vucko was a victim of unimaginable torture, his short life’s end was a result of living in a cruel society, but he died surrounded by the people who saved him, knowing that there were still some good people in Bosnia. Vucko did not die for nothing, he left us a legacy. That legacy is very difficult to bear, but it is also a motivation for all good people to keep going, to save more and more lives, to chase offenders, to fight for animals and their rights in Bosnia. Vucko’s legacy must always be a motivation for every volunteer, for every activist, for every organisation to keep going, because we are the only persons who can help those who cannot help themselves.

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Related posts:

Torturing and killing of strays in areas with problematic human population
Slaughter of stray dogs in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia
Puppy Flung off Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Brutal Murder of Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

Extermination of dogs at Breza Coal Mine, Bosnia

Mass killing of stray dogs in Banovici, Bosnia

Dogs Poisoned in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia

Another Mass Killing of Dogs in Bosnia

Dogs Brutally Slaughtered in Bosnia HerzegovinaPuppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina

Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

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

_____________________________________________
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.

paypal_banner

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.

Torturing and killing of strays in areas with problematic human population

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 22.37.39By Dalida Kozlic

There are an increasing number of cases of animal abuse in the countries of South-eastern Balkans. Animal rights activists and associations for the protection of animals are daily faced with cases of the worst forms of animal abuse not only in public shelters and by dog catching services but on the streets of all cities and towns.

Cases of animal abuse are common even in the centre of big cities such as Sarajevo. You probably remember little Precious who was thrown of a bridge in the centre of Sarajevo. Despite the fact there are many cases of animal abuse in almost all parts of Balkan, the most specific thing is that there are areas where abusing of animals is part of everyday life. People who live in those areas are mostly people who live on the edge of society or they belong to so-called problematic populations who do not have any support from authorities but authorities do not control them either.

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 22.37.48Animals in Medjimurje (Croatia) are paying appalling price for the lack of involvement of authorities in solving the problems of the Roma population. Roma children (all younger than 14) have been torturing stray cats and animals in the most horrific ways for months. Media decided to become involved in the case a few days ago and their discoveries have been horrific. Children have been raping, clubbing, slaughtering and throwing animals on railway to be ripped apart by trains.

Also, dogs are being used as bite provocation for other dogs. Authorities now involved and everyone is hoping the problem of young psychopaths will be solved soon and that perpetrators will be punished.

I am dealing with a similar case in Breza. I found Sarpi in one very problematic area in Breza few months ago. He was badly beaten and injured. He died of injuries a few days after I had found him.

Garo was found by me in the same area few days ago. He has injuries on his hind legs and a wound that has been caused by an air gun. All these cases have been reported to the police, but the problem is that in the area where they have been found live many drug addicts, other very problematic populations as well as forgotten Roma population, and there is no video surveillance. Everyone claims he/she knows nothing. (Garo and Sarpi are pictured in this blog. If you wish to help with the vet care of Garo, you can donate via the details below, be sure to mark for ‘Garo’.)

Unfortunately, there is no appropriate response from authorities to violence in these areas.

There are also cases of severe animal abuse in developed countries. However, any such case is well covered by the media and the general public is involved in finding perpetrators. Names of animal abusers and murderers are publicly disclosed. Also, the punishments for offenders are rigorous and exercise a preventive and repressive function. Most importantly, the authorities are consistent in catching and prosecuting perpetrators. Western society understands that animal abuse is a serious anomaly in the behaviour and psyche of man, and therefore a great deal of effort is made in the prevention and punishing of animal abusers and killers.

TScreen Shot 2015-12-13 at 22.37.26he problem in the countries of the Balkans is that the protection of animals is often identified with the financial situation in the country. It is a complete absurdity. Financing services for the protection of animals is not a process that can be financed only by economically developed countries. On the contrary, the construction and funding of animal shelters and services for the protection of animals is the cheapest option when it comes to the attitude of society towards animals.

In the former Yugoslavia, there is a problem in the minds of people, and not in lack of funding. In this region, the society is completely incapable of understanding animal abuse and why it is wrong. The society does not understand those who are unable to fight for themselves and their rights, as well as having a complete lack of empathy for those who suffer. Also it implicates that society in having a pathological feature. What the individuals and society in this area do not want to understand is that animal abusers are people with pathological personality traits, who tend to become abusers and killers of people (if not already).

Prosecution and punishing of animal abusers should be the basic function of protecting animals. Special prevention sends a message to abusers that if they re-offend their offence against animals, they are to be arrested and punished. The general prevention message is thus sent to the society: the state and the judiciary do not tolerate animal abuse, and the problem is recognized as a deep social anomaly and that each abuser is to be punished.

In the countries of former Yugoslavia torture and killing animals is a criminal offense. However, the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the crime very rarely occur. It is evident that police officers, as well as prosecutors and judges, are not properly trained and educated. When it comes to the response of police officers, they tend to consider abuse against animals unimportant offences; police officers and inspectors in this area of crime are not familiar with all the consequences and symptoms that animal abuse points to. The problem of judicial institutions is similar; it is generally the view that cases of animal abuse are irrelevant to judicial institutions.

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 22.37.16Apprehension and prosecution of offenders is the job of the police and judicial authorities, and funds for financing all types of institutional protection of animals can be provided by implementation of our Act on Animal Protection and Welfare, the introduction of compulsory microchipping and register of pets, and then punishing with fines those who abandon or abuse animals, as well as using funds from foreign organizations towards these procedures.

This approach to problem solving is necessary due to the general lack of awareness that exists in this area. The public itself creates a distorted picture when it comes to animals. Animals are not objects, but living beings with intelligence and awareness of the outside world, but this is not the general view of the populace of this area.

These are the main reasons animal abuse is so present in the countries of ex-Yugoslavia, especially in the areas where authorities actually do not their job at all. Police forces and social services avoid being involved or implementing laws in those areas because dealing with problematic populations is not a priority at all. This causes many issues including cases of horrific animal abuse. Intervening in these areas is absolutely necessary and only when animal rights activists expose the real picture of animal abuse and forgotten areas, some things start changing as is the case in Croatia.

Unfortunately, the situation in Bosnia is even worse because of a much higher rate of corruption, poverty and social cases than Croatia. Law enforcement and social services do not deal with this problem at all. If there are so many cases of animal abuse and killing of animals in well-known areas and big cities, we can only imagine what horrors happen in villages, areas and towns where there are no animal rights activist and persons who can discover and report those crimes.

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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.

Slaughter of stray dogs in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia

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Una – Sana Canton is one of the most notorious cantons in Bosnia, where illegal killings of stray dogs frequently occur. On the 25th November (Independence Day of Bosnia and Herezgeovina), an unknown group caught and killed dozens of stray dogs in the municipality of Bosanska Krupa. According to the initial information from the field, killers are members of a hunting organisation and this illegal and criminal act has been financed by the authorities of the municipality Bosanska Krupa.

Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 22.20.10Citizens of Bosanska Krupa were shocked by the incidents in their town, especially after a badly injured dog, which had somehow managed to escape killers, was found in the centre of the town. The dog has a very critical fracture of the jaw and many injuries on his body. The fracture is serious because the jaw is completely separated from the rest of the skull, but the veterinarian has decided to try to save this horrifically injured dog. External fixators were applied in order to stabilize bone and soft tissues at a distance from the operative or injury focus.

Also, more dog corpses were found in the town.

A criminal report will be filed with the Prosecutor’s Office of Una – Sana Canton against all persons who are suspected to be part of the organisation that financed and committed these criminal offences.

As is obvious from this cruel case, groups of hunters still operate in many areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the goal of killing stray dogs and being paid for their notorious and illegal actions. Some of the best paid work for hunters is the killing of stray dogs, which often takes place in small and not so very well known parts of Bosnia.

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Brutal Murder of Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

Extermination of dogs at Breza Coal Mine, Bosnia

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Another Mass Killing of Dogs in Bosnia

Dogs Brutally Slaughtered in Bosnia HerzegovinaPuppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina

Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

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

_____________________________________________
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.