Please be warned. What you will see on this page is extremely distressing. Do not scroll down further if you do not which to see a slide show of Vučko’s wounds. Please note that he is alive in these pictures.

Below the slide show are two videos, the first shows Vučko being checked by veterinary surgeons. This is a very distressing video! The second is a tribute to him which does not show his wounds.

Vučko, as he might have been
Painting by Rosemary Taylor

Vučko, as he might have been
Image by Victoria Rider Galietta

Please do not scroll further if you do not wish to see distressing images of Vucko.

Vučko, I am sorry to show these photographs of you like this. But perhaps it can help the other suffering animals in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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And now the Videos:

A tribute to Vučko made by Rider4Z.


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Two dogs wounded in Sanski Most

Dog shot in Sanksi Most

Dalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist writes:

Krajina is one of the most notorious parts of Bosnia where animals are victims of different types of torture and killings. Sanski Most is a small town in the Krajina – Una – Sana Canton, where authorities use illegal killing of stray dogs to launder money.

Municipality authorities have been financing an illegal killing pound that is owned by the municipality utility company. In this place stray dogs do not have water, food or adequate accommodation. They freeze in winter or they are exposed to extremely high temperatures in summer while municipality funds meant for food and veterinary services are never given to the dogs; instead of helping and feeding stray dogs, the authorities get rid of them and the money is divided between the municipality authorities and the utility company under Sana management. Hunters are one group of dog killers who are paid by the municipality authorities.

Before 2009, members of hunting organisations killed stray animals in urban and rural areas – even in the middle of day – and they had to cut the tail of every corpse to receive money for their abominable actions. Municipalities have paid out extraordinary sums for this monstrous “work“.

After 2009, the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals came into force and hunters began killing stray animal secretly.

In most cases employees of utility companies owned by different municipalities catch stray animals and take them to hunting areas in the forests, where hunters wait for these animals to kill them. Since all hunting organisations are partly financed by municipalities, they just get more money for breaking the laws.

In rural areas killing of stray animals is not so secret and hidden, mostly because many people in villages support killing of stray animals and they themselves possess illegal hunting weapons.

Police, prosecutors and veterinary and hunting inspectors are obliged to investigate and stop these crimes, but corruption and political involvement stop implementation of the laws.

The latest cases have shown that stray dogs are killed in Krajina almost every day.

Volunteers of Støtt gatehunder i Bosnia found a wounded dog in Sanski Most on the 19th November, and a few days later on the 10th December they found another wounded dog.

Both dogs were found on the dump site and both dogs had multiple gunshot wounds in their legs and hind part of their bodies.

Veterinarians pulled several pellets from gunshot wounds which made clear that these dogs had been victims of hunters or someone who illegally possessed hunting guns.

If the dogs had not been found by volunteers of the organisation, they would eventually have died after days of agony. X-rays prove the dogs have been victims of this brutality.

Both crimes have been reported to the Prosecutor’s office and both dogs have been rescued by the Støtt gatehunder i Bosnia organisation, a group which has been doing exceptional rescue and legal work in Una – Sana Canton and has helped more than 100 dogs in Sanski Most.

The organisation is taking care of the two dogs and it is covering veterinary costs.

The dogs will recover from their injuries, but their emotional trauma will remain because of this awful act of hate rage towards animals, a rage that continues in all areas of Bosnia towards the strays.

Dog shot in Sanksi Most

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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: as a ‘gift’. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.


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

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


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

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