Sarajevo: Two and a half year after opening, dog shelter Praca is on the verge of survival

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Originally published on: Klix.ba

Photo: Jelena Paunović

Dog shelter Praca is housing 380 dogs. All of the dogs are vaccinated, cleaned of parasites, and are waiting to be adopted. In less than three years of its existence, approximately 400 dogs have been adopted.

At the entrance of the shelter, we were met by two employees who care for the dogs every day. They hosted us in a scant room for the employees. The facilities where veterinarian Adnan Hodzic works are inadequate for providing veterinary services. Everything is far below the standard for proper working conditions for a veterinarian.

Dr. Hodzic’s office contains an examination table for dogs, as well as some medication and tools for disinfection and cleaning of dogs of parasites. Nothing looks as it would on the Animal Planet. It is much worse. The space for storing euthanized dogs should include refrigerators with separate compartments; however, euthanized dogs are being stored in a freezer for food. From there they are transported to the animal cemetery “Bare” where they are buried. That process is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Hodzic.

“The dog is first given a sedative. After that we administer the “T61” medicine to the dog. After the dog dies, we store him in the freezer. Utility Service “Praca” transports the euthanized dogs. Dogs are then put into holes with proper dimensions, they are covered with lime material and acid, and the hole is then covered. One hole can contain approximately 100 kilograms, which on average means around five dogs, and for that we pay 150 KM,” said veterinarian Hodzic.

Over the last year, the number of adopted dogs has decreased. Previously there was interest in the EU countries, but that process has stopped. All dogs are photographed and their photographs are posted on the website where individuals interested in adopting a dog can read about dogs’ characteristics and contact us for adoption.

All documentation pertaining to the dogs is conducted by the veterinary office. For each dog there is documentation with details of its breed, age, name and a passport with details of the dog’s vaccinations. The City and the counties are mandated to allocate funds from its budget to pay for shelter space and complete care of a stray dog. Money is necessary for transport, microchipping, food and dog vaccinations, but not employee salaries.

“For the cost of one dog, the county must pay 27 KM monthly. However, the counties are not making payments, and everything is financed by the Director of Murai Commerce, a firm which owns the property on which the shelter is built. The shelter is currently staffed by 15 people, employees of Murai Commerce who are minimally paid. This is all the result of the Director’s good will,” said Adnan Hodzic.

There are no funds and there is space for one more structure. Currently, the shelter has capacity to house 300 additional dogs. It is planned to build an additional floor to house another 1,000 dogs.

The existing structure is 3,000 square meters. Every dog is provided with 7 square meters of covered space, and additional 10 square meters for walking, which is in accordance with the law for protection of animals. The shelter also has a hygienic service with specially equipped vans, dog catching tools, sedatives for aggressive dogs…Once the call is received from a veterinary inspector, the hygienic service begins its operations to catch the dog. If the dog is aggressive, it is given a sedative and it is required to spend 20 days in quarantine to adapt to its new surroundings. If the dog adapts, it is cleaned of parasites and it receives rabies vaccination, then it is placed in the shelter box. For each dog, proper documentation captures the place where the dog was caught and its new name and number. For that dog, the county is required to pay 27 KM. If the dog is not socialized, it is euthanized.

“Since the shelter has been open, 10 dogs have been euthanized, and 60 have died naturally. Sick dogs are provided treatment and are given medicine,” said Veterinarian Adnan Hodzic.

All who wish to adopt dogs can visit the shelter and choose their future pet. A contract and other documentation are signed, and the potential adopters are checked to ensure that they have the proper means to provide adequate care for their dog.

“We check on the status of dogs because they are mistreated. There have been cases of dogs being taken away to chemical companies for the purposes of testing products. Our dogs have also been taken to Austria where they were used for trainings. They release the dogs and then shoot at them,” said Hodzic.

To recap, it has been decided to reactivate the dog rendering service “Rad.” Once an aggressive dog is caught and it meets the criteria to be euthanized, it will be conducted immediately; if the dog is able to calm down, it will be placed in the dog shelter Praca.

Annually, the overseeing Ministry for Economy provides 30,000 KM for rent. There have been many promises that remain only on paper, and they were promised medicine donations, additional capacity, and improved conditions that never realized.

What the shelter needs the most are financial means. This is the only shelter for housing stray dogs and there are thousands of them on the streets of Sarajevo. Many things have been promised, cages for transportation, critical improvements for the hygienic service, dog catching equipment, compression dart guns for aggressive dogs, and it all costs around 4,000 KM. Dog bites are increasingly more common, but it is necessary for the overseeing Ministry to parcel funds to ensure adequate conditions for work in the shelter.

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Sarajevo: Dogs killing continues

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Since they made them operational, Sarajevo Cantonal phone numbers for reporting potentially aggressive dogs, have not stopped ringing. In just the few days since they became operational, 220 calls have been recorded.

After receiving a call, inspectors go to the field and forward orders to either Praca shelter or hygienic service of Sarajevo New City municipality. On the other side, due to many illegal activities involving every institution dealing in this problem, new informal group of citizens has been formed in order to follow and report all illegal activities of mentioned services and institutions to the police and justice organisations.

According to citizens’ testimonies, LOKOM employees on the field are not escorted by inspectors as previously announced by media. Largest percentage of dogs caught are not aggressive ones, but puppies who pose no danger to anyone.

According to data we have at the moment many caught dogs vanish into the thin air. Citizens are trying to get information what is happening to the dogs caught, mostly by illegal hygienic service LOKOM. Citizens state that they don’t want to live in a city where dogs are killed every day.

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Dogs Trust: Reaction to September 23rd article by Dalida Kozlic

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We consider the article written by Dalida Kozlic and published on September 23rd to be unworthy of a special response due to its unprofessional way of presenting serious and contradictory accusations, non-truths and detraction, while failing to produce any evidence.

Without an intention to further engage in discussion, we would like to state the following:

• The role of Foundation Dogs Trust BH (DTBH) has always been clear – to help authorities to comprehensively, not partially, implement the law on protection and welfare of animals and resolve the problem of stray dogs in a systematic and sustainable way.
• DTBH did not officially support any decision of Canton of Sarajevo Government and it does not have an established partnership with KJKP “Rad,” and if a partnership is created, it will be exclusively tied to the implementation of the law; meaning the formation of a hygiene service, which is mandated by the existing law. Regardless of Rad’s activities prior to 2009 that were in accordance with the previous law, presently this services can be activated only as a hygiene service based on the current law. The Veterinary Inspection of Canton Sarajevo, which previously ordered transformation of “Rad” into a hygiene service, will oversee the process of reactivating “Rad” to ensure that the order is followed lawfully.
• As a charitable organization, DTBH does not dictate anything to anyone and it does not interfere with governance; the initiative originated within the government and they accepted our earlier offered assistance. DTBG will participate in this and all other initiatives within its capacity as long as these initiatives fit within the framework of the law.
• DTBH has financed only its own legal activities in partnership with relevant institutions. These same activities are implemented by other international and local organizations. Everything that DTBH does is in accordance with BiH law, and as a leading world organization of this kind, its activities are congruent with the highest standards for animal welfare.
• Mass sterilization is mandated by law and it is being implemented lawfully and in accordance with the highest standards for animal welfare. Other participants include only registered veterinary facilities and their licensed staff who work under the oversight of national and international inspectors.
• DTBH will respond to the government’s appeals for conversation on the implementation of the law and the resolution of the stray dog problem, and we cannot control who else the host invites to participate in the conversations.
• DTBH has not in any way been a part of the formation of the county hygiene services N. Grad – Lokom. The county previously participated in our mass sterilization actions during which dog catchers from all counties were trained. Those same dog trainers refused to return borrowed dog catching equipment, essentially stealing it.
• DTBH has the right like everyone else to conduct a survey of dogs and publish its findings. DTBH utilized the newest methods and engaged a local organization and Veterinary University students, who were trained by the Office of Veterinary BiH, to conduct counting of the dogs.
• DTBH is not leading any campaign against building of shelters, on the contrary, it is soliciting the authorities to build shelters in accordance with the law.

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The Campaign Begins With a Slaughter: You will kill the dogs, but what will you do with the beasts?

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Written by: Ozren Kebo

Originally published on: Zurnal.info

Photo: Zurnal.info

For those who do not fall for political spin, things have been clear for a long time: when a problem escalates, the possibility of rational solutions ceases. In a big panic and without a plan, and with a lot of demagogy and fiery words, consequences are eased a bit while causes remain untouched.

There is not a better example of this old, non-productive practice than the way the current administration has sworn to solve the problem of stray dogs in Sarajevo. Five years ago, Bosnia and Herzegovina approved a modern, civilized, humane and in reality an efficient law regarding the protection and wellbeing of animals. But, when this modern, civilized, humane, and in reality an efficient law and its implementation is overseen by an outdated, uncivilized and radically corrupt and inefficient administration, it results in an unbounded catastrophe. So then – just so it is known – those thousands of streets dogs are a result of backwards and incapable administration, not a bad law.

The beginning of the election race in Sarajevo has coincided with the beginning of a different campaign, the one against stray dogs. The truth is that there are too many of them, in many parts of the city they pose a serious hazard, numbers of dog bites are increasing…Those are all irrefutable facts that we have been witnessing for months, however, the administration has waited until September to engage in intense reckoning with dogs so that the concerned residents are shown how their safety is above everything else. Even though, it is the lack of action and erroneous operations that has contributed to the undermining of public safety.

Sarajevo residents, rightly frustrated with packs of stray dogs, are absolutely not conscious of the process that they have been duped into. They are allowing those who have caused this situation to channel their rage – which is the peak of manipulation – and in their name trample all existing lawful regulations to reactivate the egregious animal rendering plant.

In those murderous institutions, the most barbarous methods of torture and killing have taken place for decades. In the movie Kinofil, a dreary picture of intolerant and crude Sarajevo, Director Damir Nemir Janeček showed a small portion of the horrific methods used in those terrifying Canton firms. In them dogs are strangled with barbwires, die of suffocation from their own feces, or are fatally wounded with baseball bats…Sadism was used as a state-sanctioned method of operations, so then this retrograde measure can be freely named a united criminal enterprise for which equal responsibility is borne by all political powers that failed to resolve this problem and who are now calling for renewed killing: SDP, above all, but right behind them are SDA and SBB, political parties whose members previously presented good and moral arguments in terms of stray dogs, but that is now a distant and most likely unrepeatable past.

This year’s election campaign, as all past ones, are bringing a new tsunami of old pranks: unrestrained outburst of banal lies, unrefined political spins and dubious promises. The way our politicians treat the problem of dogs indicates the way they will run everything else that is a part of their jobs. Just follow them, they quickly learn their jobs: with the help of a few obedient portals, step by step, they will build an “invisible framework of fear” and that spin will take care of the rest. The residents themselves will be calling for breaking of the law just so that the problem can be solved.

And now we are on a terrain from which there is no return: violation by violation and here we are in total chaos. Worried parents are self-organizing and sending a message that their children are too afraid to be on the streets. It is a dramatic message grounded in reality, but after that remains a new question: what is going to happen after we kill all of the dogs? Then will your children walk down the streets peacefully, or will there be a slew of beasts uncontrolled by the authorities waiting: drug dealers, pedophiles, juvenile gangs, school bullies, drunk drivers, and an entire spectrum of criminals and tyranny that no one takes seriously?

When there is a lack of studious approach, than there is no adequate insight into the problem and that is the mother lode of all lousy actions. Here are a few questions that no one has answers to:

In the five years since the law was passed, why hasn’t there been an act adopted mandating identification of all dogs and cats?

Who and why is inhibiting this act, which has been defined in the Council of Minister’s plan two years ago?

Who is hindering the establishment of a central registry of identified cats and dogs?

Who is protecting the lobby of illegal breeders, hunting lobbies and irresponsible owners?

What is happening with the national strategy and program to catch-sterilize-release…?

Of course, answers to these dilemmas we will not receive.

But, pre-election demagogy we surely will.

Here is one textbook example; during the first days of the election campaign, the Mayor of Sarajevo visited a person who was attacked by stray dogs. A wonderful move by a concerned politician, who issued a statement during this occasion affirming that stray dogs are an acute problem of our capital and that his administration will efficiently resolve the problem – like it does with all other problems.

A few days later, some barbarian killed a dog in Grbavica. A motorcyclist shot from his gun and contributed to the elimination of the street plague. How should our responsible, just, and humane city administration act in this case? Now, we should expect the Mayor to visit the family of the killed dog, her six helpless puppies, and express his deepest condolences, distance himself from this repulsing act of a savage motorcyclist, and make a statement about how Sarajevo is an open city in which there is space for all living beings of good intentions and promise that this administration will protect innocent dogs from irresponsible individuals who….

Oh, right, it’s election time, and dogs don’t vote.

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Sarajevo: What does the Veterinary Inspection do upon the receipt of an application?

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Written by: Jelena Paunović

Photo: Jelena Paunović

In Sarajevo, emergency telephone lines were made available for citizens to report potentially aggressive abandoned dogs in addition to the following telephone lines (033 770-156, 061 145-508 and 061/ 160- 926). Application Form to report attacks by stray dogs can be downloaded from the website of the Cantonal Administration for Inspection Affairs (http://kuip.ks.gov.ba/) under the category “Forms”. The completed form can be sent via official e-mail address of the inspection kuip@kuip.ks.gov.ba.

“When the application is received, the main Cantonal Veterinary Inspector issues an Order based on which the inspector is sent to the location to determine the facts. The inspector takes the statement of the attacked person (description of the event, the precise location of the attack, the information about the dog, evidence of the attack, and any other relevant information). If a dog bite is in question, having previously interviewed the victim of the attack, it is desirable to submit a medical report. All these data are later passed on to “Lokom” hygiene service of the Municipality Novi Grad, Communal Utility Company “Rad” or cantonal shelter for dogs in Prača”- it was stated to our portal by the Cantonal Administration for Inspection Affairs.

Citizens report attacks on a daily basis, or the mere presence of dogs in Sarajevo neighborhoods. The Veterinary Inspection receives dozens of applications daily.

To recap, hygiene service “Lokom” of the Municipality Novi Grad is not registered to conduct the activities of a hygiene service nor does it qualify for the activities described in the Regulation on the establishment and the conditions that must be met by hygiene services. Due to the illegality of their operations, they are under investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office of Canton Sarajevo.

Public Utility Company “Rad” has also not fulfilled the requirements of the said Regulation, and cannot undertake the activity of removal of stray dogs from the streets. A series of lawsuits is being undertaken against shelter “Prača” for illegal operations.

And, indeed with whom did the Government of Canton Sarajevo together with the Ministry of Physical Planning and Environment of Canton Sarajevo mean to remove potentially dangerous abandoned dogs from the streets of Sarajevo?

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Sarajevo:Dogs Trust Is Involved In Attack On Constitutional Order And Criminal Activities

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Written by: Dalida Kozlić

The role of Dogs Trust Foundation has been made clear during the current events concerning the illegal decision of the Government of Sarajevo Canton to form an illegal dog catching service within P. E. “Rad” Sarajevo.

Obviously, the Dogs Trust Foundation is interested in everything except in welfare and protection of stray dogs. According to Ahmed Đipa PR of P. E. “Rad”, as well as by admission of Dogs Trust staff, this foundation is financing and training dog catchers of P. E. “Rad.” Also, Dogs Trust has previously provided equipment for this illegal dog catching service. Dogs Trust has publicly supported the decision of Government of Canton Sarajevo to form an illegal dog catching service within P. E. “Rad.”

Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina entered into force in April 2009. Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina forbids any form of animal torture and mandates the local government to provide accommodation for stray animals.

On May 5, 2009, the Veterinary Inspection of Canton Sarajevo issued a decision No. 07-06 – 24 – CS – 295 to immediately end the work of P.E. “Rad” dog catching service due to its illegal activities under the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the decision was issued forbidding these services, they ceased their activities to catch stray dogs.

The Government of Canton Sarajevo is being drawn into illegal activities because the foreign organization Dogs Trust has provided money to finance illegal activities. Authorities in Canton Sarajevo should not and must not permit a rich foundation, which has intentions that are contrary to the provisions of the Criminal Code of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Animal Protection and Welfare Act, to dictate policies of the local government.

By financing and training of illegal dog catching service, Dogs Trust is participating in preparation and execution of a series of criminal activities. Since Dogs Trust foundation is directly supporting illegal activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the question now is whether the decision by the Government of Canton Sarajevo to form an illegal dog catching service was enacted as a result of the government’s initiative or because of the pressure from Dogs Trust – which has been carrying out illegal activities in Canton Sarajevo for two years with the aim of implementing its illegal policies and financial operations, which must be investigated by the prosecuting authority.

Dogs Trust insists upon partial implementation of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will pull Bosnian authorities into criminal activities under the guise of law enforcement. Dogs Trust participates in many criminal activities in the Sarajevo Canton. Mass spay/neuter campaigns have been organized without any respect for the legal system of Bosnia. Establishing shelters for stray animals and registration of dogs and cats are legal obligations. Local authorities are required to build shelters for stray animals in accordance with the Animal Protection and Welfare Act and the Ordinance on formation and requirements that must be met by all shelters.

Currently, there are no legally established shelters and hygienic services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Catch and release method is not a legal obligation, but it is a legal possibility. Until the moment of establishing animal shelters as described in Article 28 of the Act, by the bodies defined by this Act, veterinary stations can in cooperation with competent municipal bodies perform spaying and neutering, marking abandoned animals (specifically stray dogs), and releasing them to their natural habitats. These actions aim at the stabilization of the abandoned animal population by controlling their reproduction within the shortest possible period.

Since the mass spay/neuter campaigns have been implemented without legal permission and compliance with proper procedures, but through public bids for participation in these actions, Dogs Trust’s activities fall in the domain of animal experimentation. Selection of veterinary stations that perform spay/neuter campaign are carried out without the permission of the relevant veterinary institutions.

The legal system in Bosnia does not provide NGOs with oversight powers. NGOs cannot interfere with government authority as Dogs Trust does regularly. Dogs Trust is attempting to play a role of a rescuer in Sarajevo Canton in a manner that ignores provisions of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina and suggests to Bosnian authorities to commit crimes. By appearing at a press conference attended by Muriz Alic, the owner of the concentration camp for stray animals in Praca whose activities are under investigation by the Cantonal Prosecutor’s Office in Sarajevo Canton, Dogs Trust representatives confirmed that they are not interested in the problem of concentration camps for stray animals, but only in pressing the government authorities into illegal activities.

On a daily basis, veterinarians and ordinary people who seek services during spay/neuter campaigns complain that Dogs Trust and their employees are pressuring them to euthanize old, injured, or sick dogs. In Bosnia, only an authorized veterinarian official may order animal euthanasia in accordance with the provisions of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina. By ordering euthanasia, Dogs Trust is not only interfering with the official veterinarian’s authority, but is committing a criminal offense under Article 318 of the Criminal Code of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (torture and killing of animals), as well as inciting a criminal offense.

Dogs Trust is also directly involved in the formation of illegal hygienic service of P. E. “Lokom” Novi Grad Sarajevo. Illegal hygienic service was directly formed under the control of Dogs Trust coordinators in 2013. Dogs Trust trained dog catchers employed by the illegal hygienic service and material evidence exists showing that Dogs Trust provided equipment for illegal activities.

Mustafa Mrkulic, a veterinarian famously known as the killer of stray dogs in Sarajevo, participated in many mass spay/neuter campaigns organized by Dogs Trust.

Also, Dogs Trust published an unauthorized statistic stating that there were 11,000 stray dogs on the streets of Canton Sarajevo in 2013. Only the State Veterinary Office is authorized to count and publish data on the number of stray dogs on the streets of Sarajevo Canton and the rest of Bosnia. This is just another example from a series of acts which demonstrate that Dogs Trust not only does not respect the country’s laws, but is also directly obstructing the work of state institutions. Illegal information about the number of stray dogs on the streets of Sarajevo Canton has caused a panic among Sarajevo residents and has provided an “argument” to certain media outlets which have been leading the campaign against the abandoned animals for more than two years. At the same time, Dogs Trust is leading an aggressive campaign against establishment and construction of lawful animal shelters in Bosnia, which is a legal obligation of the government. These actions are creating an appearance that there is no solution to reducing the stray dog population. Or, in other words, only Dogs Trust has solutions – but they are not in accordance with acts of the country in which they operate.

Criminal charges will be filed against the Dogs Trust organization and management to the Prosecutor’s office.

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Sarajevo: Intense manipulation with pre-election dog catchers

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Written by: Jelena Paunović

Photo: Jelena Paunović

At the recent press conference in Sarajevo, the Head of Canton Sarajevo, Premier Muhamed Kozadra and Minister of Physical Planning and Environment of Canton Sarajevo, Zlatko Petrović, outlined a set of procedures to be implemented to “humanely” remove potentially aggressive dogs from the city streets.

Minister Petrović informed the media that the public utility service P.E. “Rad” has legally registered a hygiene service to begin the work of removing dangerous dogs on Monday, September 22, 2014. With total staff of nine people, three teams will work in cooperation with the Veterinary Inspector and members of the CS law enforcement (MUP).

In a telephone interview for our blog, P.E. “Rad” representative relayed information that the hygiene service was unable to begin the work of removing dogs from the streets of Sarajevo on Monday due to unmet technical requirements.

Meanwhile, Canton Sarajevo for Inspection Affairs office confirmed that the emergency phone number (033 770 156) for reporting dangerous dogs is available to residents. Two mobile phone lines (061 145 508 and 061 160 926) are expected to shortly become available to residents for the same purpose.

To recall, Canton Sarajevo government allocated 88,000,00 KM ($58,000) for the establishment of P.E. “Rad” hygiene service. It is estimated that the annual cost will require 680.000,00 KM ($450,000).
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While the full extent of falsehoods has not been confirmed, two unregistered hygiene services “Lokom” and “Komunalac” have continued to operate unabated. Each day we are receiving calls from Sarajevo residents informing us that the employees of these hygiene services are removing stray dogs to undisclosed locations. The number of dogs killed by these services has not yet been revealed.

For the work of the “nonexistent” hygiene service “Komunalac,” Sarajevo municipality Hadžići allocated 9000 KM ($6,000) for their work. Dogs removed by “Komunalac” are reported to have been placed in an unregistered “shelter” and access to the dogs has been denied. The relevant government bodies have ignored all requests by activists to gain access to the shelter.

In previous articles we wrote about the hygiene service “Lokum;” From the information we have previously gathered, “Lokum” is charging 75 BAM ($50) for catching stray dogs and “housing’ them in camps AKA “shelters.” “Komunalac” is charging approximately 120 BAM ($79), tax-free, for the same activities. Where did all of those dogs go? Of course, no one knows.

While the Minister continues to tell one story, the Premier tells another, and directors of hygiene services are maintaining their own. It appears that anything goes in the race for votes in the upcoming election. Politicians are creating a state of mass hysteria, acting as if Bosnia’s greatest problem is the stray dogs and not, for example, 100,000 people who were left without homes following the floods in May 2014. While people do not have a roof over their heads and 60% of youth are unemployed, the politicians, together with some paid-off media outlets, are ignoring their ineffectiveness as public servants and are trying to keep their seats on the backs of the stray dogs.

The entire state of Bosnia is covered in election posters. The posters contain the smiling faces of people who have brought this country to the brink of disaster. They continue to promise the impossible on all available political shows. Meanwhile, Canton Sarajevo government, whose building was set on fire during protests in February (yes, the work of our public servants is so “good” that Sarajevo residents burned the buildings of Canton Sarajevo government and the Presidency in February 2014), are now consumed by the election and are racing to manipulate the public at the cost of thousands of dog lives.

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People from all over the world are asking what is happening with the dogs. The most honest answer right now is that it is not clear. But, we will continue to report on any developments as long as our work continues to be supported.

In the meantime in Sarajevo…

Two days ago I spent an hour with stray dogs on the streets of Sarajevo. Every third persons, whether a Sarajevo resident or tourist, stopped to pet the dogs. One of Sarajevo’s most famous dogs, known by the name Vuk, was peacefully laying on the street and sniffing my camera. Next to us walked parents with children, but the dogs remained peaceful. Well, that is the only home that they know! After an hour, a woman walked past me and started to throw rocks at the peaceful animal, Vuk.

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Vuk immediately started to run away, but the lady ran after him and continued to throw rocks. I asked her what she was doing as she screamed back at me, “Don’t take photos, don’t take photos!” But, of course I took pictures of her.

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I did not report the incident to the authorities due to a meeting I was late for, but many people have recognized her after I published her picture on my Facebook page.

As I hurried to my meeting, I asked myself if she was that person who would report Vuk to the Canton Sarajevo for Inspection Affairs to have his life wrongfully taken away. Why? Is Vuk guilty because one insane woman is throwing rocks at him? But the real question is just how many peaceful and socialized dogs will be reported and their lives cut short now that everyone has the right to call in complaints to the government agency? This is what is going to happen when P.E. “Rad” becomes operational.

The nongovernmental sector is warning that the forming of yet another hygiene service and torture “shelters” will not solve the problem of stray dogs, but their message is being ignored by the most powerful media outlets. Even when they take statements from various activists, they are not included in the final reports in the media. The only objective TV house thus far has been Al Jazeera Balkans.

For those who are uninformed on the matter, P.E. “Rad” has a history of brutally killing dogs. “Lokom” and “Komunalac” have been killing them for the past two year. They have not killed them all. Hopefully, god will not allow it.

Animal rights activists are doing an unbelievably humane work and are helping those who have been condemned to lynching by our society. However, not all is so bleak. Ordinary residents continue to call me to let me know about the dogs they are looking after and will take a stand to protect them.

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Bosnia: They killed dogs before the eyes of elementary school children ?!

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Author: Dragan Sladojević

Originally published on: Nezavisne.com

Photo: Nezavisne.com
KOZARSKA DUBICA – Before the eyes of a large number of students, at the entrance to the primary school “Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic” in Kozarska Dubica, two men with guns were killing stray dogs, which horrified all who witnessed the negligent act.

This was told to us by a student’s mother on Friday, who specified that the incident occurred the day before, sometime before eight a.m., when she brought her children to class.

“I think the people (in question) were two members of the local hunting association ‘Jelen’ because I saw that they used a vehicle with their logo. This happened at the very entrance to the school, in the sight of a large number of children, as classes begin at eight o’clock. As a parent I was so furious when I saw it all and heard the cry of the shot dog”, the mother told us, who, as she claims, witnessed it all, and whose name is known to the editors of “Nezavisne”.

She called, as she claims, the local police station soon after, whose officer on duty advised her to notify the communal police about the incident, which as she says, she did.
“I think it is wrong to kill these poor animals, and certainly not at that time and in that place”, says the bitter mother.

Her opinion is shared by Brane Miljatović, headmaster of the Dubica elementary school “Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic,” who adds, however, that he had heard nothing about this incident.

“Someone discharged weapons in the vicinity of the school? Well really nobody alerted me about this. Dogs need to be caught and taken somewhere else. It is true that there have been a few stray dogs near the school, and today I have not seen any. They’re not supposed to shoot near the school, it’s a crime”, said Miljatović.

That they would examine whether some of the hunters had killed abandoned dogs, we are assured by Slobodan Borojević, president of the Hunting Club ‘Jelen’, who states that the Club has no jurisdiction to conduct this type of killing.

“She saw our vehicle? Was it undertaken illegally, I cannot say. I do not have those findings, but I will initiate an investigation to verify what this is about. For me, it is wrongdoing”, Borojević promised.

Milenko Simatović, head of the Communal Police Kozarska Dubica stated that they will undertake specific steps if a denouncement is given in writing.

“I really do not know what this is about. We usually catch dogs, but whether this was done by somebody who was revolted or is it something else, I do not know”, said Simatović.
The Association for the Protection of Animals “Kerber” condemned the heinous act mentioned by the mother of the student from Kozarska Dubica.

“People who have done this should be brought to justice, because it is a criminal offense against animal welfare. Also, people who do this are extremely dangerous for the environment, because they possess weapons. Until now, it has been proven numerous times that people who kill animals later commit crime against humans”, the Association for the Protection of Animals “Kerber” criticizes.

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Jelena Paunović: I got bi’en by a dog in the election campaign

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Author: Jelena Paunović

Originally published on: Tacno.net

The story of bites of stray dogs on innocent civilians, is the most outrageous possible opening of the election campaign and deception of the public in an attempt to make an old theme new.

Why not ask the taxpayers why the tax payers’ money is being spent for two (non) existing hygiene services in Sarajevo? Is this yet another offering of non-existent solutions? Another in the series of promises that “from Monday we are solving the problem 100%?” If I make a statement today that tomorrow I will become a model, will I really be one?
Are the streets of Sarajevo in addition to politicians and ordinary citizens roamed by various numbers of dogs? Does the mayor visit victims of stray dog bites only during the election campaign? Do bites occur aside from the beginning of the election campaign or otherwise?

There is no Regulation in force, and the question is why?

The umbrella institution responsible for handling this “burning” issue is the Veterinary Office. Even after five years they have not been able to bring the Regulation on the Identification of Dogs and Cats. What we are talking about then?! Perhaps this is a case of the protection of various lobbies: from irresponsible owners, to illegal kennels, to the protection of non-existent hygiene services and non-existent animal shelters as well?!
What are we actually talking about?

Did you know that the Council of Ministers adopted the Information on the absolute possibility of implementation of the Law on the Protection and Welfare of Animals of B&H in mid last year and ordered the solution measures that nobody has complied with? Why? Who is protecting whom? And, why? What for?
Could it be the elections ?!

Is Minister Hrenovica and the Government of Canton Sarajevo sending a message with the Decision on Activation of the Dog Pound that the already (non)existent hygienic services within PUC “Lokom” and PUC “Komunalac” from the Sarajevo neighbourhood Hadžići are unable to solve this issue? Is the cantonal minister telling us that they are actually not doing their job well?

Is the Government of Canton Sarajevo trying to say, by bringing the Decision on Activation of the Dog Pound, that budget beneficiaries (“Lokom” and “Komunalac”) have not been doing their job properly?

And why do we always talk about “imposed” Europe just before the elections? Well, is this very Europe “imposed” fully or only partially? And, more importantly, when we talk only about abandoned dogs, are we raising the whole issue EXACTLY during election time?
Politicians, your people are compromised right NOW in Prijedor and Livno!

Will you, Mr. Ivo Komšić go and have your photograph taken with them as well? Or is your only target group to grab some votes for the political option you belong to, on the account of “mongrels”, because aside from halfway solutions, you are unable to even promise anything else!

How is money laundered?

At today’s press conference, a non-governmental foundation Dogs Trust has supported the operation of dog pounds. They see it as one in a series of links in the implementation of national law.

And if an NGO, and a foreign one at that, supports the very thing domestic NGOs fought against for two decades, isn’t it time to ask ourselves who supports whom here ?!

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Citizen of Sarajevo: You are initiating the largest massacre of dogs in Europe

news-2013-Mart-ivo_komsic_1_775423658Written by: Vesko KADIĆ

Originally published on: Oslobodjenje.ba

Photo: Klix.ba

Dear Mayor,

It may be hoped for that the relevant animal protection organizations will respond to the conclusions of the City Administration relayed to the public through the press (Oslobođenje, Dnevni Avaz) regarding the existence of emergency in the city of Sarajevo due to the increasing number of stray dogs that endanger human life and health. Specifically that the Government of Canton Sarajevo should bring a measure that would regulate the removal of stray dogs from the streets of the capital of BiH in an expedited procedure.

I assume that you, as well the City Administration, were not familiarized by the initiators of the aforementioned initiative with the existence of the Law on the Protection and Welfare of Animals (which entered into force on 26 February 2009), especially with its transitional provisions. Article 43 section 4 reads: “Until the authorities foreseen by this Law do not establish an animal shelter under Article 28 of this Law, veterinary facilities, in cooperation with the municipal authorities, will conduct neutering, spaying and labelling of abandoned animals, especially stray dogs, and re-release into their natural habitat, in order to stabilize the population of homeless animals by controlling their reproduction in the short term.”

In the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in August this year, a proposal with amendments of this Law was not passed because the delegates, especially those from Republika Srpska, claimed that the Law should not be changed, but implemented, as only a few of the cantons and municipalities have done so far. In the same Article, section 3 states: “Animal shelters, under Article 28 of this Law shall be established within one year of the entry into force of this Law.” Delegates from the Federation and RS were completely right when they recognized the need to correct the causes and not hastily, “cure” the result, which is reflected in the emergence of a large number of stray dogs on the streets of Sarajevo (and this generalization does not hold ground by the initiators).

The Bosnian and Herzegovinian public, and thus European public, has been familiarized with the findings of the City Administration from printed media that “the dog pound of Public Utility Company ‘Rad’ will participate in the removal of stray dogs” (older citizens will certainly remember the ways in which “dog catchers” chased and killed the street dogs!), but has not been introduced with the proposal that the shelter will provide limited stay to the dogs. It is known what happens in this case, given the fact that awareness on adopting dogs is non-existent here (as opposed to abandoning them on the streets, which is far more expressive), to the innocent animals under urgent procedure.
In the end, I will conclude this open letter with the option (which can be read between the lines published in the press on the occasion of this “burning” issue) that in the capital of a country which aspires to the EU, the greatest massacre of dogs may take place soon, and this message was sent by the City Administration, upon your initiative to hold a meeting with the cantonal Prime Minister, relevant ministers, representatives of the Veterinary Authority and Veterinary Inspectorate of Canton Sarajevo.

The saddest thing is, according to the press statement, that the said meeting was not attended by representatives of NGOs that have, through their exceptional dedication, and above all, love for abandoned dogs, contributed that the number of lost dogs (or stray, as the press likes to call them) is not far, far larger than now.

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