Praca: can a horror shelter be turned around?

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 18.02.54If you have been reading this blog you will know about the horror shelters of Bosnia. Places that are little better – often worse – than concentration camps for dogs. These shelters are supposed to be publicly funded, and compliant with the animal welfare laws of the country – laws which are, in fact, very good. But the laws are not implemented, and the money pocketed by shelter owners or local authorities. In most shelters the dogs are barely fed, not sterilised, and not given any veterinary treatment. In 2013 we published shocking photographs taken secretly in Praca shelter, Sarajevo, a shelter that was opened in 2011.

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 18.09.08Since then – all we’ve heard are more horror stories. It is usually very hard, dangerous even, for rescuers to help dogs in public shelters – it’s not in the interests of the owners to have anyone see what is going on or to try and help the dogs.

But, in January of this year there was a meeting between rescuers in Sarajevo, to see if there could be a group effort regarding Praca shelter.  Sadly, only a very small group of rescuers continued after this initial meeting, but much has been done to help these dogs since then, thanks to the dedication and hard work of this small group of rescuers. They do need your help to continue. Please see the end of the post for how you can help.

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 17.53.46A written agreement was made between the NGO SAN (Save the Animals Now – http://savetheanimals.ba/ ) founded 6 years ago, and Praca’s owner. The agreement was that the rescuers would help obtain food donations to feed the dogs,  would try to re-home the dogs and provide any urgent veterinary help for those who are in dire need.
The agreement was made to last until April 18th of this year.

What the rescuers – the Praca Management Group – encountered in Praca is almost impossible to describe. Dogs living amongst faeces that hadn’t been cleaned since the shelter opened; dogs living for months – or more – cramped in too small kennels, dogs killing each other just to eat one morsel of food. dogs terrified of light of a human voice. dogs whose physical anatomy had become deformed due to being caged for so long,  dogs who had never seen real dog food, dogs who had never been petted, never heard a warm normal human voice, never known anything except shouting, beatings and hunger.

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Mia Ožegović, one of the rescuers committed to helping the dogs in Praca, states: “When I see death camps for humans all over the world and through history,  I realize that nothing has happened, nothing changed. we humans only shifted this attitude toward dogs …. Stray dogs.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 17.58.48Mia Ožegović also told us: “The workers in Praca are uninterested in any way to either do their job or to deal with dogs. They are mostly drunk. Last week we went to feed the dogs & clean the kennels & take some photos of the dogs that are adoptable. In the bottom kennels we encountered a corpse of a dog ….. The corpse was bloodless,  stone hard,  larvae had already spread all over …. That poor dog had been dead for well over 3 days, lying in the center of its kennel in plain sight and the workers didn’t notice ….I have seen all the Shelters in Bosnia. Gladno Polje,Gorazde, etc,  and none compare to this ….”

The rescuers took an initial estimate of the numbers of dogs in the shelter. There were 273 dogs.  Out of those 273 dogs, 90% were born or came to Praca when they were not even a year old. “Imagine a sea, vast sea of eyes, howls, cries, screams of living & breathing beings who have been incarcerated for well over 3 or 4 years …. Because this is actually it, a prison, a death camp.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 17.52.17There is a dog there whose beauty leaves you speechless.  I spotted her once and the next time I went to Praca I couldn’t find her in the kennels nor anywhere …. I spent weeks and weeks trying to find her.  I figured they must have moved her or some dogs from that same kennel and she either escaped into the mine fields which surround the shelter,  or something “else” happened … Last week, while I was feeding & cleaning the dogs’ kennels, I went again into every single one and even into those which seem deserted.  I shouted and called out for her.

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 22.09.40 In the darkest, most humid and cold kennel, I saw a pair of eyes gazing at me …. I squatted and begged for those eyes to just come out,  promising I didn’t mean any harm, I just want to see those eyes in that little light that was coming in from a cracked roof … And she came out. The speechless beauty came out …. I found her. I would have been ecstatic with joy from finding her but her eyes made my heart shiver and my whole body numb … The beauty which I saw in her,  the workers didn’t. She was beaten. she must have been pulled with a leash pole from that 1st kennel to this one, like a  piece of garbage or a carpet ….She was petrified of me.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 17.49.25Cleaning the kennels is a job for some science fiction character. The faeces make a one inch layer in each kennel, that’s impossible to clean or remove because over this length of time,  the layer has become stone hard,  it merged with the cement floor.”

The shelter is poorly constructed.  Electricity is only available in the room where the “workers” are. Water freezes in winter. And since this is a mountain area, the temperature drops even in March and for water the rescuers have to go to the nearby stream or a further away public fountain / well. Dogs don’t get food on daily basis from the workers, and the food is either a stone hard piece of bread with fungus all over it or raw chicken legs. Many of the dogs can’t even eat this food due to their age and the fact that they bite the fence so their teeth are damaged – cracked, worn out from trying to escape their destiny to be confined to this prison.

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Mia says: “Once they hear our car approaching ( which broke btw, cause you cannot haul 150-200 kilos of food every week with a small car whose suspense system is not suited for this …they go frantic. Once you give the food to them, and try to dispense it all over the kennel, you start praying … You start praying they don’t kill each other because of the food. That’s why we couldn’t put bowls down at first, that’s why we had to spread the food all over the place so they didn’t fight one another.”

Since the rescuers have been going regularly to feed the dogs under the new contract with the shelter owner, the dogs are very much calmer, and seem to know exactly what to expect when they hear the girls arrive and they do not fight over the kibble. If they do fight, it is when the girls are not there and the shelter “workers” toss bones into the cages.

Mia says: “After we feed them, we get in to check on them. Their joy to see you entering to give them affection, pet them, share a kind word, baffles me.  My dog at home doesn’t love me as much as these dogs do.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 17.58.22Apart from hunger and the need of quality de-worming pills, anti-tick medication, the dogs also desperately need grooming. The vast majority of them are long-coated mixes, they have never been brushed, so the matted coats actually stop them from move normally – walking, lying down, eating – all are difficult with the extent of the mats in their coat.

The rescuers managed to fix as much as the could with a pair of scissors. This wasn’t done for aesthetic reasons, but purely health reasons. Many dogs had plant seeds growing from their matted coats. inflamed skin, faeces embedded into their coats.

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 18.09.33Mia tells us: “There is even a female, spayed in the Dog’s Trust program but who is having puppies. We tried to address this to Dogs Trust but they did nothing to sort this out. I will try again to address this this week, because we have photos, videos, number of the ear tag and so on. The vet who is responsible for this found out that we will file a complaint about this,  and he called the workers to beg us to “not do it”. Rumours say that the government wants to buy Praca once and for all  – which would mean doors closed for anyone let alone rescuers. It would make it a kill shelter. Our main concern is getting all the adoptable dogs out. Our need is to find shelters abroad, charities that deal with specific breeds, private foster homes, any relocating solution , so that these adoptable, issue-free dogs can get out once and for all. I know that it can be done. I know because I’m seeing how funds are raised for such causes,  and I know that it should be done.

Each time I leave Praca, I’m followed by thousand eyes & hundreds of cries, pleas, to come back and take some of them with me to freedom...”

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Please go to the official YouTube channel of the Praca Management Group to see more videos from the shelter.

The rescuers involved with the Praca Managemnet Group are doing everything they can for these dogs. The cages and houses for all 300 dogs get cleaned properly at least once a week and nowadays also on some weekdays. That means the girls can distract the more anxious dogs with a few handfuls of food on the floor while they unlock the doors and go inside with food bowls or pieces of old food sacks to put their meals on. Otherwise they would get knocked over and the bowls sent flying each time they opened a door. With the arrival of two new electric clippers, the girls are now starting to remove the worst of the mats and knots on the coats of the long-haired dogs. There are many plans for the future – including finishing the building of the new roof – quite a few sheds are dry already.

Clearly so much is needed to be done for these dogs. While some people have suggested the owners of the shelter and local government authorities be approached to make changes, this has been tried in the past to no avail, and sometimes, to the detriment of the dogs. Currently, only way for the rescuers to continue is to try to work with the situation as it is. Food, vet treatment, shelter renovations, homes are needed. The list is endless, and funds are desperately needed. Can you help?

Please join the Facebook group: Praca Management Group

There is a YouCaring raising funds for a new roof. This is a critical need, rain is pouring into the kennels.
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If you want to donate for their food, veterinary needs. etc please use the following PayPal donate4praca@savetheanimals.ba

For more information, please contact the Praca Management Group via their e-mail: pracamanagement@gmail.com

RELATED POSTS:

Dogs found slaughtered outside Shelter in Sarajevo
What to do about Gladno Polje Shelter in Sarajevo?
Uncertain future for Dogs at Gladno Polje Shelter in Sarajevo
Saving the Dogs of Gladno Polje, Bosnia
Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?
Another Horror Shelter in Bosnia
THE HORROR SHELTERS OF BOSNIA – SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

Saving Lucia and the dogs of Foča and Gorazde
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend
Mass Graves Found Near Dog “Shelter”
Hresa Shelter:
Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four – Part Five – Part Six – Part Seven

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the rescued dogs we are sponsoring but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

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

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

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

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

The 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.

Dogs found slaughtered outside Shelter in Sarajevo

12795371_1198910400120748_3223911296231228917_n (1)Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist in BiH writes:

A new brutal murder of stray dogs has happened in Sarajevo and once again all the people who love and fight for rights of animals are facing an extremely worrying case. An American citizen, who helps dogs in shelter Gladno Polje, as well as stray dogs around the shelter, this week found the corpses of two stray dogs near the shelter. She had been looking for missing dogs for a few days, before she found the bodies of dead dogs. Those dogs had lived outside the shelter before they were killed. One of the dogs was a female dog, thrown into water.

12376792_1198910526787402_1874474239753990798_nThe second dog was also a stray dog which had its hind paws tied up and its body ripped apart. It was obvious that the dogs had been killed in a brutal way and that someone had intentionally left their corpses in the area near the shelter. Since they were disfigured, it was impossible to conclude exactly how the dogs had been killed. The number of cases of torturing of animals has been increasing in Sarajevo, and as well as all other cases, this crime is going to be reported to Prosecutor’s office. It is more than obvious that Sarajevo is a city that is full of psychopaths and this brutal crime proves this once more.

Rescuers are very concerned because those dogs have been killed in an area with a large populations of stray dogs. Gladno Polje is a public “shelter” near Sarajevo. More than 100 dogs live in this shelter in very bad conditions. The area of the shelter is open and anyone can enter there without being checked.  The strays that live outside and in the area of the shelter are exposed to this unknown offender who has proven that he is a brutal person. The method of committing this crime was particularly distressing as it was obvious one of dogs had been tied up. Dozens of helpless dogs are exposed to this psychopath who intentionally knows what he does and who is fully aware of actions and the consequences. The most important thing for this type of person is to be satisfied by expressing power and control over a helpless creature and thus temporarily alleviate his frustrations and / or complexes… until the next time…

12832423_1198910463454075_2680432144058533088_nHere is the transcript of the American citizen who found the dogs:

“Four puppies were dumped by the overpass at Gladno Polje shelter about a month ago. We had been feeding them and a chain link fence had kept them safe from the bigger dogs. Then last week, one of the puppies was missing, which was strange because they were always together. This past Monday evening I was relieved to see there were still there. But when I arrived on Tuesday afternoon, there were only two puppies. I walked all around the shelter, up the hill under the overpass, slogged through the creek and the mud–no puppy. What I found instead was what at first appeared to be a large mossy rock in the water. Then I realized it had fur. I dragged it out and saw that it was a female dog who was either pregnant or nursing. She had what looked like a gunshot wound on her side. I realized how urgent it was to find the puppy so I left her and kept looking. And that is when I found another dog lying dead in the bushes. His back legs had been tied together and he had huge wounds all over as though he had been literally torn apart. I’ve seen dead dogs that have been eaten by birds and this was not that. Some sick individual obviously thought it would be entertaining to incapacitate this poor creature and let another animal torture it to death. I wish I could say that I buried them, but the truth is I was so sickened that I left them there. I searched frantically for the puppy for another hour but he and the other missing puppy have vanished. I just hope to God that they manage to stay safe.”

If you wish to assist the rescuers in their efforts to save the dogs you can donate via the YouCaring: FEED STARVING DOGS OF GLADNO POLJE THIS WINTER SEASON

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RELATED POSTS:

Shelters in Bosnia Herzegovina
What to do about Gladno Polje Shelter in Sarajevo?
Uncertain future for Dogs at Gladno Polje Shelter in Sarajevo
Saving the Dogs of Gladno Polje, Bosnia
Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?
Another Horror Shelter in Bosnia
THE HORROR SHELTERS OF BOSNIA – SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

Saving Lucia and the dogs of Foča and Gorazde
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend PART TWO
Mass Graves Found Near Dog “Shelter”
Hresa Shelter:
Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four – Part Five – Part Six – Part Seven

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

Yet another 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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Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

Dog’s Skull Deliberately Crushed in Bosnia Herzegovina

Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED WITH WIRE IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

News Articles about Leon (in Bosnian)
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U Sarajevu pored osnovne škole pronađen zaklan pas
Psu prerezan grkljan kraj osnovne škole u Sarajevu
U Sarajevu pored osnovne škole pronađen zaklan pas, građani zabrinuti i ogorčeni

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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.

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!
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.

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:
Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 17.45.02Or you can make a donation directly via Paypal to: donations@awabosnia.org and mark for ‘Precious’.

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.

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.

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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?

_____________________________________________

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.