Today Pujdo Was Reported

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Note: Pujdo is a general name for any stray dog in Bosnia. If you do not have inspiration to name a dog, its name will probably just be Pujdo. This story is fictional, but written based on witness accounts of activists and a number of published articles.

Wrriten by: Jelena Paunović

It was the break of dawn. Orange sun rays were spread across the cold asphalt. Pujdo opened his eyes and stretched while still in a sleepy state. Feeling drowsy he thought of food and wished to eat a juicy piece of meat today.

Eight in the morning. The orange sun turned into a yellow one. Pujdo is looking at people passing by him, but instead of going to search for food, he decided to relax a little more in the warm morning sun.

Aaaah! Pujdo detected a smell of fish coming from a bag carried by a woman passing by. He perked up and ran after the bag. Pujdo sniffed the bag, but instead of a delicious snack, he felt a hard hit of an umbrella on his back.

He retreated and yelped while his hopeful eyes still gazed upon the women “protecting” her bag. Beat and in shock, Pujdo received a few more hits directly onto his back.

The woman started screaming, “A dog is attacking me! Help me, people! He Bit me!”

Pujdo sensed what was happening and in an obviously submissive way, with fear in his eyes, he lifted himself a little bit and started wagging his tail. The women screamed again, “He bit me! He bit me!”

With his tail between his legs, beat up, Pujdo went on his way to a city park. When he reached some grass, his beat up bones and weak body stretched over the grassy surface. The sun warmed his tired body and he began to dream that he felt better.

A sound of screeching tires woke him from his dream. He opened his eyes and saw people in uniforms carrying dog catching tools. The naïve city dog, as Pujdo was, started to wag his tail welcoming them.

A few minutes later, Pujdo is engaged in a battle against the dog catcher’s tool, fighting to breathe, to save his life. He fought heroically, but the dog catchers were stronger! He was spitting blood, the noose was tightening, and he jerked around and whined as much as he could. “Let the dog catchers be,” said a woman passing by. Pujdo continued to spit blood while the dog catchers dragged him to their car. He knew that there was no hope left.

They dragged him into the car. Blood was gushing from his neck. The only thing separating him from an eternal sleep was one remorseless thrust to snap his spine.

No one ever found out what happened to Pujdo. But a heavy and dark night came over Sarajevo. And the next morning broke without the sun.

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Please mark in the donation if your donation is for a particular animal or cause.

And also, once you have made your donation, please ensure that you ‘view transaction details’ (or click on the link ‘details’ beside your donation, or click on the ‘Confirm Receipt’ button if it is there), and click ‘confirm receipt’ otherwise the funds are not able to be used for several weeks. Thank you!

Today Pujdo Was Reported

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Note: Pujdo is a general name for an stray dog in Bosnia. If you do not have inspiration to name a dog, its name will probably just be Pujdo. This story is fictional, but written based on witness accounts of activists and a number of published articles.

Wrriten by: Jelena Paunović

It was the break of dawn. Orange sunrays were spread across the cold asphalt. Pujdo opened his eyes and stretched while still in a sleepy state. All drowsy he thought of food and wished to eat a juicy piece of meat today.

Eight in the morning. The orange sun turned into a yellow one. Pujdo is looking at people passing by him, but instead of going to search for food, he decided to relax a little more in the warm morning sun.

Aaaah! Pujdo detected a smell of fish coming from a bag carried by a woman passing by. He perked up and ran after the bag. Pujdo sniffed the bag, but instead of a delicious snack, he felt a hard hit of an umbrella on his back.

He retreated and yelped while his hopeful eyes still gazed upon the women “protecting” her bag. Beat and in shock, Pujdo received a few more hits directly onto his back.

The woman started screaming, “A dog is attacking me! Help me, people! He Bit me!”

Pujdo sensed what was happening and in an obviously submissive way, with fear in his eyes, he lifted himself a little bit and started wagging his tail. The women screamed again, “He bit me! He bit me!”

With his tail between his legs, beat up, Pujdo went on his way to a city park. When he reached some grass, his beat up bones and weak body stretched over the grassy surface. The sun warmed his tired body and he began to dream that he felt better.

A sound of screeching tires woke him from his dream. He opened his eyes and saw people in uniforms carrying dog catching tools. The naïve city dog, as Pujdo was, started to wag his tail welcoming them.

A few minutes later, Pujdo is engaged in a battle against the dog catcher’s tool, fighting to breathe, to save his life. He fought heroically, but the dog catchers were stronger! He was spitting blood, the noose was tightening, and he jerked around and whined as much as he could. “Let the dog catchers be,” said a woman passing by. Pujdo continued to spit blood while the dog catchers dragged him to their car. He knew that there was no hope left.

They dragged him into the car. Blood was gushing from his neck. The only thing separating him from an eternal sleep was one remorseless thrust to snap his spine.

No one ever found out what happened to Pujdo. But a heavy and dark night came over Sarajevo. And the next morning broke without the sun.

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If you would like to help Journalists for Animals in their work in documenting what is happening for animals in Bosnia Herzegovina, or to assist in any particular rescue effort or case, please go to PAYPAL and make a donation to:

journalistsforanimals@gmail.com

Please mark in the donation if your donation is for a particular animal or cause.

And also, once you have made your donation, please ensure that you ‘view transaction details’ (or click on the link ‘details’ beside your donation, or click on the ‘Confirm Receipt’ button if it is there), and click ‘confirm receipt’ otherwise the funds are not able to be used for several weeks. Thank you!

Bosnia: Animals are being killed while authorities turn a blind eye

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Bosnia is likely the only country this consumed with the story of stray dogs, but very few people are interested in discussing the core of the problem.

Informal group of citizens held a press conference yesterday during which, for the first time, information was circulated about the country’s lack of registry for cats and dogs, the Advising Council and Ethical Committee, and a protocol for registering dogs and cats.

According to Inga Dujmovic, Senior Associate – State Veterinary Inspector for Animal Welfare,

Forming a registry for the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina depends on the development of the protocol for identifying dogs and cats. That protocol is still in the processing stage. So, we are waiting for recommendations of appropriate entity ministries in order to move it forward to the Council of Ministers for approval.

In response to the question why the protocol has not been developed since the law was adopted five years ago, Dujmovic answered that she does not have an answer to the question.

The following is an excerpt from the interview with Ms. Dujmovic.

Based on photographs circulating in the media, we can conclude that shelter dogs are living in inhumane conditions. Why are we seeing such pictures from shelters which are receiving significant financial resources?

From what I have seen in photographs, and I am only referring to photographs that I saw through media sources and internet portals, it is in fact true that those are inhumane conditions. First of all, those are unsanitary conditions and the focus on the facilities is not as important as the human factor, unkempt hygiene and the lack of the protocol for operating shelters. It is not enough to just build shelters. You must build an entire infrastructure of people to work in shelters in order for them to function. Especially because you are dealing with a large number of animals and there is an enormous amount of work. Hence, whoever goes into the business of running shelters must be ready for the fact that it entails a lot of work and that everything depends on the prescribed regulations.

Who has oversight over shelters and who controls work procedures?

Oversight is based on territories. These include canton level, republic, and county level inspector of Republika Srpska.

Does that mean that the Veterinary Inspector Department does not have jurisdiction over shelters?

Veterinary Inspector Department does have jurisdiction, however, we have not conducted shelter inspections.

Why?

Answer to that question must be sought from the Director of the Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We attempted to contact the Director and obtain answers to questions key to the welfare of all animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but we were told that the Director does not speak to the media.

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Bosnia: The solution to the problem of stray dogs is a pet registry

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An unofficial group of residents issued a warning regarding the lack of implementation of the 2009 Animal Protection and Welfare of Animals law. In the address to the media they stated that this is a method of “money laundering and theft of the government budget.

In the name of the unofficial group, attorney Dalida Kozlic stated that the law and additional provisions precisely outline the solution to the problem; but, the protocol for the provision of the law was not adopted, especially related to the registry of pets such as cats and dogs, which is the key to resolving the problem.

Activists for animal protection, an unofficial group of residents stated that the pet registry is the solution and the adoption of an appropriate protocol would reduce this problem to a minimum.

“Dogs are not guilty for the problems that we have, the guilty parties are the authorities on every government level. There is no will to resolve the problem, but we have a situation in which every law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) becomes conducive to theft and money laundry of the government budget,” said Kozlic.

They consider the neglect to adopt the protocol for pet registry a purposeful obstruction perpetuated by the Office of Veterinary of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other authorities who are failing to exert pressure to implement the law.

Activists further consider that the problem, which has been created by the lack of implementation of the Animal Protection and Welfare law, is also a consequence of the existing dog shelter in Praca; a place where hundreds of dogs are killed and through which countless money was laundered. Kozlic specified that the owner of the dog shelter is falsely billing the government for food, veterinary services and other activities, while dogs are dying of starvation and disease.

Another example is the existence of the Lokom d.o.o. Novi Grad company which is considered to be illegally operating without an official license to work or fulfill regulations stated in the protocol for all hygienic services. “Employees are catching dogs across several counties and are killing them, while they are billing the government for dog catching, veterinary services, vaccinations, microchipping, sterilization, and medical treatment for dogs that were killed,” stated Kozlic.

Senad Isakovic, activist from Tuzla, also indicated that the solution lies with the registry of pets. “Even if we created shelters across the entire country, the problem would not be solved without a registry” said Isakovic.

The activist said that the exact number of stray dogs in Sarajevo and across BiH is unknown. He further stated that the commonly cited number of 10,000 to 12,000 dogs in the city is a deliberate act to discourage real solutions to the problem and to reveal correct data.

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Sarajevo: Are abandoned dogs truly dangerous? (PHOTO/ VIDEO)

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Written by: Jelena Paunović

Photo: Jelena Paunović

Canton Sarajevo government reactivated P.E. “Rad” to remove aggressive dogs from the city streets. The government designated phone numbers for the veterinary inspection services, which are receiving tens of calls every day. Based on available data, so far orders were issued to officially euthanize 60 dogs.

Regardless of what our public officials say, I went to the streets of Sarajevo to film the stray dogs. This is some footage I captured today in the center of Sarajevo.

Do you think that these dogs threaten anyone?

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Sarajevo: Dogs killing continues (Part II)

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On the basis of resident reports and reviews conducted by the Canton Veterinary Inspectors, 60 orders were issued to hygienic services P.E. Rad, Lokum, and Murai Komerc. The oversight of those orders will be conducted over the course of next week.

“The animal rendering services react to the orders of the Veterinary Inspectors to operate in the field. Staff training for conducting dog catching was completed and two teams were formed. When the Veterinary Inspector issues an order for our teams to go in the field and catch a dog in the presence of inspectors, that is what we do,” stated by Ahmed Đipa, Spokesperson for P.E. Rad.

It was further explained that the hygienic services has lawful authority to capture animals, without torture or stress, and transport them to the veterinary office where the veterinarian will decide if the dog will be euthanized or placed in a shelter until it is adopted.

“A portion of the reported dogs will be euthanized, but what would be helpful to the inspectors is to receive reports from which they can identify dogs accused of attacks, or to have additional evidence of the attack, such as a doctor’s report. Canton Sarajevo Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection confirmed the strategic plan for all activities of authorized bodies to engage in removal of dangerous dogs in Canton Sarajevo based on the stated tasks within the Animal Protection and Welfare Act and other legal provisions,” stated Vildana Bosno, Spokesperson for the Canton Administration for Inspection Affairs.

While some see the reactivation of the hygienic services P.E. “Rad” as a measure of implementing a system based on Act 14 of the Animal Protection and Welfare law, many other Sarajevo residents are utterly shaken by the reactivation of dog catchers.

“Since our childhoods we have battled with dog catchers. Whenever they would announce a dog catching action, children would hide dogs in basements, in their houses, apartments, and garages. Today, years later, the picture of blood is coming back to me and in my head I hear the screams of innocent dogs. I ask myself just how many dog catching “services” does one city like Sarajevo really need? In my opinion, this is all just one big pre-election game and an opportunity to deplete the public budget of a few more millions. The fact that this will be paid in blood of dogs, is of no concern to our government,” stated an activist from Sarajevo for the Journalists for Animals.

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And also, once you have made your donation, please ensure that you ‘view transaction details’ (or click on the link ‘details’ beside your donation, or click on the ‘Confirm Receipt’ button if it is there), and click ‘confirm receipt’ otherwise the funds are not able to be used for several weeks. Thank you!