Mass Murder of Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina

1508176_583532625067499_1147273480_nYesterday animal activists found a massacre of dogs who lived at the landfill site, Perna, in Bosanska Krupa region of BiH.

69082_583532605067501_1023165526_nOn the 19th of January, hunters from the “Grmeč” hunting club from Bosanska Krupa shot and killed all dogs that were at the landfill, including puppies and adult dogs and nursing females. At least fifty dogs were murdered. To cover up what they did, the hunders buried the dead dogs under piles of garbage, but they did not manage to hide all the corpses.

994130_583532871734141_412139559_nActivists from the area were about to start making dog houses for these dogs at the landfill, and were visiting dogs regularly, feeding them.

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Amra Dervisevic, the activist who took these photographs and who discovered the atrocity has filed criminal charges against the hunting club and has reported what happened to the cantonal inspectorate. There are witnesses who saw everything, landfill workers, but they remain silent because they are afraid of repurcussions. Amra Dervisevic has already been threatened.

Dogs and puppies when they were alive…

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It is reported that also on the 19th of January, another group of dogs were killed in Klen, in Cazin municipality, part of Bosanska Krupa region. A total of 36 dogs are reported killed.

These kinds of horrors are frequent in Bosnia Herzegovina. Activists have been actively campaigning to improve the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, which states that such atrocities are against the law. Yet there are those who wish to amend the Act making it easier for continued violence against strays.

The next voting on such proposed amendments to the Animal Welfare Act of Bosnia Herzegovina was supposed to be yesterday but the session of House of Peoples was cancelled. A new session won’t be scheduled until February. (If these amendments are passed, a legal framework will be introduced that will allow for thousands of stray dogs to be caught, held for 15 days and then killed if not claimed, including the more than 3000 stray dogs who have been sterilised by Dogs’ Trust UK in June 2013. More information in earlier posts on this blog.)

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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.