When Bosnian Activists do the Work of the Authorities

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By Dalida Kozlic

The Bosnian War was an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. Casualties of the war were not only people. Animals also were casualties and suffered during the war. Bosnia and Herzegovina did not have the Animal Protection and Welfare Act until 2009. This law was legislated and entered into force by Parliamentary Assembly in 2009 and now torturing and killing animals is a criminal offence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stray dogs have always been killed in Bosnia. Before the legislation of the Act for the Protection and Welfare of Animals in 2009, organised groups of hunters killed stray dogs in all cities, even in the middle of day. It was still illegal, but no one wanted to investigate and punish the hunters because they received a lot of money from Bosnian municipalities for their ‘work’.

The Bosnian Act for the Protection and Welfare of Animals is one of the best in Europe but no one is interested in this fact.

Since corrupt Bosnian authorities have decided to steal public money, some citizens have decided to implement the animal protection legislation on their own. As with many countries in the world, there are many people who love and save animals, but one thing is different in Bosnia: not only do rescuers save animals, they are doing the job that the Bosnian authorities should be doing. The authorities are obliged to establish legal shelters and hygienic services for stray dogs, but since they have not done this, rescuers are doing these things, actually they are doing whatever is legislated by the law, but on their own.

People started saving animals long before the Act for the Protection and Welfare of Animals was legislated. People saved stray animals from hunters and dog catchers. After the Act for the Protection and Welfare of Animals was legislated, everyone thought things would be different. Of course no one expected a miracle but people thought we Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 23.13.40all would have an opportunity to see animals saved in accordance with law.

Unfortunately, just like everywhere else in Bosnia, authorities started stealing money designated for stray animals, and the number of stray animals has been increasing.

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 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, and many rescuers have also turned their homes into shelters. Also, rescuers are having to catch wounded or abused dogs and take them to the vet on their own; they have to pay veterinary costs and costs of pensions in order to save the lives of stray animals. 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 killing that animal, and preventing them from pocketing money for these illegal actions.

If you want to know how, there is an explanation…

Corrupt authorities are often involved in the illegal killing of stray and wild animals due to basic money laundering. Politically eligible persons construct so-called public shelters for stray animals and then they invoice the government for false spay/neuter programs, as well as for the food that will in Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 23.13.16fact never be given to  the animals, and for veterinary examinations and treatment, and at the end, the means for euthanasia. Animals are tortured and killed in those shelters constantly and money is taken from the budget.

This situation is actually very bad, because the only way to protect animals in Bosnia is to force the Bosnian authorities to implement the existing laws. Rescuers and NGOs should be a part of this process, helping the authorities implement the laws. International support and pressure is the only way to force our authorities to stop killing stray animals and stealing money, as well as to force them to implement all the measures that are provided by the law.

There are so many projects and ideas that could be done in accordance to the law in order to control population of the stray animals in humane and effective ways. In this way all animals could be saved. Those projects could be focussed on both the short and the long term.

The imperative is to stop killing the animals, enable rescuers to have access to all public shelters and dog catching services, which in fact the  legal obligation of the authorities, but also in this way rescuers can help maintain the shelters and help the animals. Authorities must take up their responsibility for solving this problem.

Unfortunately, the silence of many international subjects is something that 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, animal protection and welfare organisations and media and tell them that things in Bosnia are no different than in Romania, that people who save animals cannot save them all, not even close, and that many more lives can be saved if our authorities are forced to implement their own laws.

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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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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.

Dog Catchers of Sarajevo: Latest news

By Dalida Kozlic

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 14.15.09The critical situation in Sarajevo is getting worse and worse. One of the citizens of the city has managed to video the dog catchers of P.E. “Lokum” of Novi Grad, Sarajevo, while they were catching a stray dog in Dobrinja (Sarajevo) yesterday. This is new evidence that the notorious group of Lokom dog catchers has started working again. Unfortunately we cannot show the video, as we need to protect the person who made it.

Mustafa Mrkulic, the infamous veterinarian who worked as a director for the P. E. Veterinary station Reljevo, owned by P. E. „Lokom“ ltd., was fired but things have not changed. After Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 14.14.58changing veterinary personnel, dog catchers have regrouped and started their illegal activities again.

Activities of Lokom dog catchers have also been noticed in the municipality of Novi Grad. The dog catchers of P. E. Lokom catch dogs in other municipalities of City of Sarajevo every day.

Dogs that are caught by Lokom dog catchers are taken to a veterinary station in Reljevo to be ‘euthanised’ – it’s a place where it is very difficult to save dogs.

Dogs that are caught by dog catchers of P. E. “Rad” Ltd. Sarajevo, the hygienic service for catching stray dogs, are taken to the Cantonal veterinary station where so far many dogs have been saved by rescuers, but a lot of dogs have been taken to illegal shelters or they have vanished.

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The Dog Catchers of Sarajevo are Back
Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal 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?
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?
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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
BOSNIA: kill and slaughter until the dog is no more…
Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!
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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.

Puppy Flung off Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia

12092513_1720431424857520_1562241327_nThis is Precious. Two days ago, her rescuer, Fahrudin Caki Bravo, told us:

12112346_1721474034753259_1876745766829301075_nThis innocent soul is only 4 months old, but she has already had a horrible destiny so far… Some monster from Sarajevo threw her of a bridge, 7-8 meters high. She weighs only 5 kilos… The police was informed as this action was witnessed but the monster ran off and nobody could find him or this baby. Finally a lady found the puppy crawling down the street, in the middle of the pouring rain… Many people just walked by her while she was dragging the back of her body down the wet concrete. She was brought to the vet and received first aid and they also did an X-ray… She has a complicated back injury… Please help me save her. Her debt at the moment is 105e for boarding and 30e for the X-ray. She will also need Rimadil and diapers…. I`m so disgusted by all this that I don`t know what to write anymore….

The bridge….

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The vet in Sarajevo told Caki that she needs an MRI which is not available in Bosnia. He drove her to Split, where she received a full examination.

In Caki’s car, on the way to getting help….

The kind vet refused to charge, saying this was her contribution to the dogs of Sarajevo. However, the sad news is that Precious has a spinal injury which needs immediate operation, which can be done in Zagreb. Caki is driving her to Zagreb, and she’ll be operated on tomorrow. The cost for the operation will be around 700 or 800 euros.

If you can help, we have set up a YouCaring:
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10310114_679331748768764_2399252418801957405_nCaki was one of the people helping the most in the terrible floods of 2014, spending his days saving lives. When the dog killers descended on Sarajevo to ‘clean the streets’ in anticipation of the Popes visit he spent hours trying to find his local furry friends. The strays he had loved, fed and cared for over months or years, many lives were lost but he was there to coax the lucky ones out from their hiding places.

He has 39 rescues in pension and struggles terribly to raise the funds necessary to keep them safe off the streets and away from the dog catchers. Precious’s additional costs will break him.  We are hoping people will step up and help – every amount makes a difference, no matter how small. Every euro makes a difference.


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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.

Bosnian Vet Inspector Hounds Animal Activist and Abuses Position

In early October of 2014 Dalida Kozlic filed an official request to the veterinary inspection of Canton Sarajevo, asking for an inspection to be made of the dog catching service of P.E. Lokum (a public service company for coordination, maintenance, and protection of facilities owned by Novi Grad Sarajevo municipality).

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 17.43.11The leading veterinary inspector in this case was Emin Omerspahic, a man who had signed the most of the orders for stray dogs to be caught by Lokum. During an official conversation on the 17th of October, Dalida informed Emin Omerspahic that there was evidence to prove illegal activities undertaken by P.E. Lokum’s service, activities contravening the animal welfare Act. Omerspahic sent Dalida an official answer ten days later, after the legal deadline for such an answer had passed.  It was obvious to Dalida from his answer that he had not, in fact, undertaken an inspected of P.E. Lokum.

Because Omerspahic hadn’t investigated the case as was required by inspection affairs laws, in November Dalida filed a discipline report against him, with the director of the Cantonal administration for inspection affairs.  She also filed a criminal report against him as he had committed a number of criminal offences including abuse of his official position.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 17.34.33Once Dalida had filled these reports, she received a minor offence warrant. Omerspahic stated he was charging Dalida because she had filed reports against P.E. Lokum. In other words, he was charging her because she had fulfilled her civil duty to reporting illegal activities. Dalida requested a court hearing to establish the facts.

The court hearing was finally held on the 28th August 2015, during which Dalida presented evidence that Omerspahic supported Lokum. Omerspahic accused Dalida of being the reason dogs couldn’t be killed. Even the judge was shocked at this.  She issued a decision in Dalida’s favour, explaining that Omerspahic had been chasing her because she was fighting to stop the illegal dog-catching and killing activities of P.E. Lokum, as well as the fact he had abused his position to file a minor offence warrant for a non existing minor offence, just to take revenge on the reports Dalida had made against him.

This court decision is the leading document which Dalida will use in filing a private suit against him to prove that he is acting without reason and that he targets her because of her legal activities.

Dalida has worked hard to fight this case, but more importantly, she is constantly involved in trying to ensure the animal welfare laws in Bosnia are applied. She needs our help. She has over 100 animals rescued from the illegal dog catchers or saved from abuse or starvation on the streets. She needs help to cover the costs to  keep them safe, fed, healthy, off the streets, and away from the illegal dog catchers.  She is working very hard to get the animals placed in adoptive homes outside Bosnia, but this debt is decreasing as time goes on.  Until the dogs can be rehomed, it is necessary for now, to keep all her rescues safe.

Please assist by donating – any amount will help. There is a YouCaring set up to help cover September fees. You can also donate directly via Paypal, details below.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 17.56.25Dalida is an unemployed lawyer from Sarajevo who has been involved in protection of animals for more than 15 years and she is one of the activists with most experience in Bosnia. Also, she was one of the lobbyists who were involved in legislating of Animal Protection and Welfare Act in Bosnia, in 2009.

10930860_10204605411408853_7931070278025801026_nShe investigates cases of animal abuse, as well as cases of obstructions in the implementation of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act. Her activities are focused on enforcement of this Act, collecting of evidence, filing criminal reports, and constant lobbying to ensure the Bosnian authorities implement the Act. Dalida also acts as a liason with international animal welfare advocates. She follows all activities of the police, the prosecutor’s office, and the veterinary inspectors, in order to prosecute and punish people who harm animals. She also participates in media debates about animal welfare.

For the sake of all the animals in Bosnia, we can not let Dalida’s spirit be broken. She needs our help now, as she recovers from this latest court battle. She needs our help to raise the money she needs to pay expenses through the end of September and the coming months.  She can not keep her animals safe without our assistance.

If you prefer to donate directly via Paypal, you may use the following Paypal address: eldar.kozlic1@gmail.com. You may also donate directly at: donations@awabosnia.org and please mark for “Dalida’s September Expenses”.
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Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:
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 Illegal 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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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.

Disturbing Irregularities found in Dog Catching Service of Sarajevo

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Hygienic service P. E. “Rad” Ltd. Irregularities
By Dalida Kozlic
As previously published, P. E. “Rad” Ltd. Sarajevo, the hygienic service for catching stray dogs, started working in September 2015. After official requests were made to establish whether the service has legal status, official documents show that the court of Canton Sarajevo registered the hygienic service and that the municipality of Novi Grad has issued a decision to allow this public company to establish the service.

However, the Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina has not made an inspection to ascertain if the service fulfils all legally required conditions to catch, keep and transport dogs. This is yet one more example of the Veterinary office not implementing the Act for the Protection and Welfare of Animals, which it is legally obliged to do.

10801687_379932732183613_2004348567224426053_nCases of abuse of the law have already been recorded. Most of the dogs caught by the dog catchers employed by “Rad” are taken to the veterinary station of Canton Sarajevo where dogs are examined and ordered to be released on the street or taken to shelters for stray dogs. The official policy of the Cantonal veterinary station of Canton Sarajevo is to implement the Act for Protection and Welfare of Animals, but one of the veterinarians has allegedly ignored the law killed dogs. This has been reported and it’s expected the veterinarian will be punished. A number of dogs, including puppies caught by the dog catchers of “Rad” have been taken to Gladno Polje shelter where the situation is inhumane due to overcrowding and lack of adequate care.

The most disturbing fact is that the director of the hygienic service is the notorious Mustafa Maglajlija. He was the director of an illegal killing pound that existed within “Rad” until 2009. The dog catching service of P. E. “Rad” of Canton Sarajevo, which was active until 2009, was a notorious group of dog catchers known for their mass slaughter of stray dogs in Canton Sarajevo. These atrocities happened under the supervision of Mustafa Maglajlija. In addition, the headquarters of the new hygienic service are in the same building of the former killing pound. It is full of stray dogs caught during the past few weeks by the new team of “Rad“. It is impossible for civilians to enter the facility – another disturbing fact – but witnesses have confirmed new dogs are arriving all the time.

It seems obvious the government of Canton Sarajevo has established a new money laundering facility which will work in the same way as it worked until 2009. The dog catching service of “Rad” wants to establish the same policy of killing which the dog catching service of P.E. “Lokum” of Novi Grad established in 2013.

It is necessary to force authorities to implement the law and provide transparent and legal activities of dog catching and it is clear that this has to be done by filing criminal reports and a private suit against all officials who are abusing their position.

The first thing the authorities and “Rad” must do is to fulfil the legal obligation to be transparent in their work of dog catching, which means citizens and activists must be able to visit the dogs. Official information is that 11 dogs have been euthanized. The question is, why? If dogs are too sick or injured to be helped by a veterinarian, then euthanasia is allowed, but no dogs can legally be euthanized because of problematic behaviour since there is no qualified person or organisation for the evaluation dog behaviour in Bosnia.

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Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:
The Dog Catchers of Sarajevo are Back
Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal 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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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.

The Dog Catchers of Sarajevo are Back

10253801_818535161508845_5862058370363805623_n (1)By Dalida Kozlic
The Hygienic service of P. E. “Rad” ltd. of Canton Sarajevo started working on the 14th August 2015. The Assembly of Canton Sarajevo voted for the establishment of this hygienic service in March 2015, after months of debate presented in Bosnian media between animal protection activists and organisations and authorities. Efforts of the authorities of Canton Sarajevo to establish this hygienic service failed in autumn 2014 after animal activists’ discovery that the government had issued an illegal decision to establish the service.

Since the new assembly decided to support this dog catching service, the government established this dog catching service a few days ago and according to the statements from officials of Canton Sarajevo, P. E. “Rad” has been registered for to be a dog catching service. An official request has already been sent to the inspection in order to confirm this hygienic service is registered in accordance with Bosnian laws, but it is obvious that P. E. “Rad” does not have the legally required conditions for a legal hygienic service.

Initial information from the field shows the hygienic service of Canton Sarajevo will most likely be a new facility for money laundering since it is not in fact possible to view caught dogs, even though citizens and activists should be, by law, allowed to view the dogs.

Part of the funds for this dog catching service have been donated by Dogs Trust BH which supports the activities of the service.

Every legal means possible will be used to find out the legality of this service.

Dog catchers’ service of P. E. “Rad” of Canton Sarajevo, which was active up until 2009, was a notorious group of dog catchers known for their abuse and slaughter of stray dogs in Canton Sarajevo. Methods used by the dog catchers were similar to methods used in concentration camps that existed in Bosnia during the war (1992 – 1995).

Dog catchers employed in P. E. “Rad”  killed thousands of stray dogs in Sarajevo until 2009. They were a scientific example of psychopaths.

The Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina entered into force in April 2009. The Veterinary Inspection of Canton Sarajevo issued a decision ruling that the service of dog catchers of P. E. “Rad” must cease working immediately because its activities were illegal and contrary to the provisions of Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the decision had been issued and the work of the dog catchers was forbidden, they stopped their activities.

No one mentioned that the dog catchers were criminally responsible for the atrocities they had committed, because torturing and killing of stray dogs and all other animals was a criminal offense (it is still criminal offense and it will always be). No one has ever been charged with this criminal offense – yet.

It is prohibited that the lower levels of the government order activities that are not under their jurisdiction and which are contrary to the state’s acts. Because of this prohibition legal acts that are enacted by lower levels of government and which are contrary to the state’s acts must not be implemented. Implementation of such acts is a criminal offense and presents attack on the constitutional order.

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

Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs
Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal 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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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.

Brutal Murder of Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

10712853_10153102175931634_4326862872138866452_nOn the 12th of July, volunteers of the Association for Saving and Protecting Animals “SAPA Zenica”, after receiving allegations from citizens, organized a search and discovered the bodies of 6 dogs in the area of Zenica called Kamenolom, some 6km from the city center. Four bodies were found on one spot, thrown in the river banks, and two bodies some 100m upstream, in a very hard to reach area. allegedly more dogs are missing and more bodies were seen but the unknown perpetrators moved the corpses. Half of the dogs had ear tags (showing they had been sterilised), and volunteers easily identified and recognized the dogs, including some dogs who had no ear tags.

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All the dogs had visible trauma inflicted on them by human hands, numerous wounds. It is suspected they were hit repeatedly until dead. Blood traces were visible on the head, body, coming from the ears and the mouth. All the dogs were from the city center. The were clearly caught and killed and then transported into this river bank area to be discarded. On the location where two bodies were found, a dog collar was hanging on a tree above.

11745695_10153102175786634_6796580947610803229_nSAPA Zenica immediately informed the local media, the Municipal authorities, the Cantonal Veterinary Inspection, and the Police, and they will file charges to the Prosecutor’s office, on the basis that several criminal acts have been committed.

SAPA volunteers had a sterilization weekend that week, 11-12 July, in another action to help the wider community by ensuring dogs are sterilized, vaccinated, ear tagged, and that the rise of population is prevented. To discover this in the midst of the sterilization campaign was agonizing, the volunteers having known these dogs for years.

11709711_10153102175646634_5065900607585220166_nThe next day, citizens reported more missing dogs, especially in one part of Zenica, and also found a witness who, on the 12 July around 00:30h in one part of Zenica  prevented more dogs from being killed. They spotted a white van, no number plates, and two males in the van, one with a gun, stepping out and calling dogs. This responsible citizen prevented them from killing and catching dogs in that street but didn’t call the police immediately. He gave a description and chronology of this incident which SAPA Zenica also reported to police.

After the media reported these atrocities, shocking public comments were also reported to police, especially on Facebook from the “Stop Ugriz” (Stop dog bites) group which is known for spreading hatred, encouraging violence, and inciting others to perpetrate killings of dogs.

11249021_10153102175861634_7631148398439341487_nFighting an “invisible“ enemy is most difficult, as it is suspected that a group of people is organized and hired to privately “deal” with the “issue” in this cruel manner.

SAPA Volunteers reported about this on their FB page, informed all citizens publicly and alerted all people who feed animals to be on watch, on alert and on guard and to prevent atrocities and to call the police.

11755693_10153102175456634_2578492508806360148_nWe need to stop this and make police and authorities identify perpetrators instead of turning a blind eye. SAPA Zenica and our dogs need your help.

Please help SAPA Zenica, a registered NGO, to investigate this atrocity and to prevent others. They do incredible work, feeding and sterilising and giving medical care to wounded and sick strays, but they need financial help. You can donate directly via Paypal to sapazenica09@yahoo.com – or you can donate via bank transfer:

UniCredit Bank d.d.
SWIFT: UNCRBA22
Address of the bank: Kardinala Stepinca b.b. Mostar
Details of beneficiary:
IBAN CODE: BA 393385804819527135
Full beneficiary’s name: Udruzenje za spasavanje i zastitu zovotinja SAPA Zenica


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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.

Aftermath of the Pope’s visit: Police Harassment of Bosnian Activists

11427844_10205652039893911_195948490_nBy Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist in BiH

While a team of the illegal dog catching service was catching dogs in the centre of Sarajevo in preparation for Pope Francis’s arrival (see: Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs) an incident occurred at the veterinary station of Novi Grad Reljevo. A handful of activists were trying to save stray dogs who had been caught by the dog catchers. While they were trying to find out what had happened with the dogs, the activists were attacked by the dog catchers. Both sides were injured, the activists acting in self-defence. The dog catchers are attempting to turn this incident into a judicial and media spectacle, using a falsely presented incident to turn focus away from their criminal activities.

There is enough evidence to prove the activists are innocent and that they were injured by the dog catchers, but they are being harassed by the police every day. In addition, political pressure is being placed on the Prosecutor’s office to send an official request to the court to make an order for the activists to be taken into custody.

Thanks to Damir Alagic, one of the best Bosnian defence attorneys, activists have not been taken into custody, but the police has continued to harass activists and it is certain there will be a politically motivated court procedure against them. Damir Alagic has already filled criminal reports against the dog catchers, in addition to filing complaints regarding forged media reports and harassment of activists by both police and the media.

This case has serious implications for animal welfare in Bosnia. We need to support the activists, a case against them is a case against ALL activists and animal welfare advocates in the country and indeed, against the hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats who need their help.


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

Three Dogs Saved – But Does the Pope Care?
Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal 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?

_____________________________________________

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.

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 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.

Three Dogs Saved – But Does the Pope Care?

Thanks to the power of social media, our previous blog “Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs” has been viewed over 2000 times. Thanks also to the power of social media, the fundraiser posted on that blog for “Caki” Bravo has nearly reached its goal. Caki is one of the rescuers involved in desperately trying to save dogs from the dog catchers who were removing dogs in preparation for the Pope’s visit yesterday.

Caki was out on the streets yesterday, along with Edina Pasic of Andjeo Sarajevo and others, trying to save dogs who they have fed for years.

Three dogs that we know of were saved…
11303720_10203933221431649_1483654689_nThis elderly female dog above was always with a friendly male dog in the area. Sadly people saw dog catchers taking him and so she was the only one in the area that was left. She was rescued and taken to safety.
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This is survivor number two .. a lovely female dog who would make a perfect pet, but never rescued since there was always another dog in greater need who was injured or suffering. She appeared late at  night after the killing started, she was shaken and scared.

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And this is the third dog, a skinny, lonely big male that was the only survivor of his pack it seems. He is screaming to be a target of the dog catchers because of his size. He is friendly but we think he was smart enough to fear those men. Really lovely calm big male…

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All three dogs are now under Edina Pasic’s name in pension. She desperately needs help to keep them safe until we can find forever homes for them.

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Dalida Kozlic, a young, unemployed lawyer who is instrumental in the fact that Bosnia even has an animal welfare law, has been adcloseupvising the rescuers on what to do about these illegal activities. We’ve helped Caki, now we need to help Dalida and Edina. Between them they have nearly 200 dogs they have rescued from the streets, dogs who would have been killed or worse. Bosnia has been documented to have one of the highest records of animal abuse in the world. Dalida has been making enquiries to find out if the dog from the awful picture to the right is still alive and if so, if it can be rescued:

If you can’t donate, can you share? This is Dalida’s YouCaring:
Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 13.01.12This is Edina’s YouCaring:
Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 13.02.32If you prefer to donate directly via Paypal, you can donate as per the instructions at the bottom of this page, just be sure to mark which rescuer you would like your donation to go to.

Does the Pope even know what happened in his ‘honour’? We don’t know. We very much doubt he was informed of the hundreds or thousands of messages sent to his twitter feed and via e-mails sent to the Vatican (unfortunately most of the e-mail addresses we found don’t seem to be working).

But we are sure he would be horrified. Don’t forget Pope Francis blessed a service dog of a visually impaired journalist and had a homeless dog attend his birthday:

Please keep up your posts to the Pope’s twitter feed. Please keep sharing this blog. Please keep helping the rescuers struggling so hard on the ground in Bosnia. Perhaps word will somehow get to His Holiness and a real difference can be made, not just to a terrifyingly small number of strays….. for this sweet dog’s sake, please let us all try to make a difference….

And if you can offer a home to one of these dogs, please contact us at info@awabosnia.org

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

Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs
Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal 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?

_____________________________________________

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.

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 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.

Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 17.04.04JUNE 7 UPDATE HERE: Three Dogs Saved – But Does the Pope Care?

June 5:
The notorious “dog catchers” of Sarajevo have been systematically ‘cleaning’ the stray dogs from the streets of the city in preparation for Pope Francis’s visit tomorrow. Many of the strays are dogs that our rescuers have cared for and fed for months, if not years.

Activists were able to photograph the dog catchers in action: 11423944_10205652040373923_1459042788_n11330509_10205652040173918_1540326357_n11427844_10205652039893911_195948490_nDuring his one-day visit, Pope Francis will meet with the Bosnian bishops, members of the presidency and the representatives of other religious communities in the country. The visit is likely to bring large number of Catholics to the Bosnia’s capital, some estimating that around 100,000 people will come from the neighbouring countries. Preparations for the visit have already begun, and they will include not only religious, political and ceremonial, but also substantial security arrangements.” And… killing dogs.

Pope Francis adopted his papal name in honour of the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi, and recently sparked an animal rights debate when he said “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ… Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.

In March 2013 Pope Francis “…blessed a golden Lab, the service dog of a visually impaired Italian journalist. Last December, on his 77th birthday, he invited four homeless men and one homeless dog to his birthday breakfast at the Vatican.”

We are certain that the Pope would be appalled and horrified at what is happening in Sarajevo in HIS honour, and indeed at what is happening to animals in the country of Bosnia Herzegovina in general. You know what this is, you only need to scroll through these blogs. closeupRescuers and advocates are out on the streets doing whatever they can to save dogs. You can help them by donating to keep their rescues save in pension until they find forever homes for them. One such rescuer is Caki Bravo, who was instrumental in helping animals during the awful flooding of last year. You can help Caki by going here: https://www.youcaring.com/CakiBravoRescues

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We are begging for a call to action:

The Pope has a twitter account: please tweet to the account asking him to tell the Bosnian authorities to STOP removing the dogs from the streets: https://twitter.com/pontifex

Also you can contact the Vatican’s press office at av@pccs.va – and a list of Vatican email addresses is here: http://www.vaticanhistory.de/vat/html/vatikan_e-mail-adressen.html Please send emails, and feel free to use any photographs from this blog to send to them.

You can also copy and paste this list of email addresses into one email: cultdiv@ccdds.va, vati335@csaints.va, cepsegretaria@evangel.va, vati059@ccscrlife.va,  pcjustpax@justpeace.va, corunum@corunum.va, office@migrants.va, cultura@cultr.va, pccs@vatican.va, pcomm.arch@arcsacra.va, eucharistcongress@org.va, asv@asv.va, academy.sciences@acdscience.va, scavi@fsp.va, ornet@ossrom.va, tipvat@tipografia.va, lev@publish.va, sedoc@vatiradio.va, ctv@ctv.va, accreditamenti@pressva.va, vis@pressva-vis.va

JUNE 7 UPDATE HERE: Three Dogs Saved – But Does the Pope Care?
JUNE 11 UPDATE HERE: Aftermath of the Pope’s visit: Police Harassment of Bosnian Activists
13425_10206975866062246_592115921099283898_n Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal 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?

_____________________________________________

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.

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 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.