Husky Found in Horrifically Critical Condition!

1235015_557385257661706_775318262_nSEPTEMBER 27th UPDATE
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This poor soul lost the battle. RIP. I’m so very very sorry.
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Animal welfare activists in Sarajevo were only contacted about this poor dog last night, and it might be too late to save his life! He has distemper and maybe canine parvovirus as well. He has been given an initial vet treatment of an infusion but he needs to be moved to a proper pension and to have intensive veterinary treatment for any chance of survival.
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Distemper is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus similar to the one that causes measles in people. Worldwide, it is the leading cause of infectious disease deaths in dogs. All unvaccinated dogs are at high risk of infection.

The overall health of the dog has a lot to do with how ill he becomes. The disease is most severe in dogs who are poorly nourished and ill-kept. As you can see this poor dog is very thin and was a stray on the streets of Sarajevo.

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The distemper virus attacks brain cells and cells that line the surfaces of the body, including the skin, the conjunctiva, the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, and the gastrointestinal tract. Many dogs develop signs of brain involvement (encephalitis), characterized by  attacks of slobbering, head shaking, and chewing movements of the jaws. Epileptic-like seizures may occur, in which the dog runs in circles, falls over, and kicks all four feet wildly. After the convulsive episode the dog appears to be confused, shies away from his owner, wanders about aimlessly, and appears to be blind.

This is a horrific disease if left untreated. We hope it’s not too late for this poor dog.

NEWS, SEPTEMBER 25TH 2013
The dog was taken in for a proper veterinary examination. The vet feels the dog ‘has a chance’. New photos below and more added to the slide show.
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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the rescued dogs we are sponsoring but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

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

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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

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GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

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

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


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

However this is what was found later:

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

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

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

R.I.P.

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HOW TO HELP:
Please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog, 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. You can donate via PayPal and I then transfer the money to Bosnia. I can also give you the PayPal email address of my Bosnian animal welfare contacts if you prefer.  Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Jenny has distemper


Jenny has distemper. This is mostly likely what the puppies rescued from Hreša Shelter died of (If you don’t know the story of this shelter, here it is: Part One – Part Two – Part Three).

Distemper is a virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous systems, as well as the conjunctival membranes of the eye. Serious infections are most often seen in puppies or adolescent dogs. Puppies younger than seven weeks, born to mothers who haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, are extremely susceptible. Once infected, puppies are severely weakened. Often the virus travels to the brain, causing seizures, shaking and trembling. A weakened immune system leaves an infected dog open to secondary infections like pneumonia.

There is currently no available medication that can destroy the virus that causes canine distemper. Supportive care is the mainstay of treatment. Veterinarians can offer intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration and antibiotics to ward off secondary infections while the infected dog builds up his immune response. Some dogs are able to survive the infection, while for others canine distemper can be fatal.

Little Frida also had a second vet examination… for her story go here. She’s looking better. I don’t yet have news of the examination but will update this page as soon as I can.

Please send your love and prayers for Jenny and Frida. Both these dogs will need forever homes, if you can help contact me.

Update: December 24, 2012
Jenny is doing better, she has put on some weight. But I’m sad to say that Frida died yesterday of distemper. R.I.P. Little one.

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HOW TO HELP:
Please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog, 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.