Tuzla: A working group was formed with the goal to resolve the problem of stray dogs

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Tuzla is not an exception when it comes to the years-long problem of a large number of stray dogs on the streets. Similar problems that belong within the domain of environment are present in other cities of the neighboring countries, which is the reason why they are often recognized as priorities at conferences and forums held by the Foundation of Tuzla Society.

With the goal to systematically resolve the problem of stray dogs in Tuzla, the Foundation of Tuzla Society, in collaboration with the Global Fund for Community Foundations, has established a working group which is trying to develop an optimal solution to this pronounced problem in the city.

The working body consists of Jasna Jašarević i Selma Memišević (Foundation for Tuzla Society), prof. Jasmin Ferizbegović i Lejla Tirić (JP Veterinary Station Tuzla), Alma Bubić (Sanitation Service, Tuzla County), Maid Fazlović (Civil Protection Service, Tuzla County), Edin Dizdarević (JP Sanitation Tuzla), Anto Bosankić (Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection), Džemila Agić i Vanja Rizvić (Center for Ecology and Energy), dr. Azra Džaferagić Franca (Public Health Department TK), Tamara Zakomac (JU Mixed High School Tuzla), Andrijana Čajić i Aldina Sejranić (Association for Animal Protection „Nirina“).

The group met two times so far during which they decided that all parties involved must be systematic and coordinated in its work in order to implement quality solutions. They also addressed the issue of the growing number of residents reporting dog bites to their doctors which further rings the alarm for concrete solutions.

“The existence of a central database with information about dogs and their owners would make the work of the overseeing authorities much easier,” proclaimed in agreement the members of the local authorities, veterinary station, public health sector, sanitation services, non-profit sector, and the association for animal protection.

Registration of dogs is currently in the process, but it continues to be sporadic and mostly motivated by owners’ desires to travel abroad with their pets; the sense of pet ownership responsibilities still remains underdeveloped. That is the reason why it is difficult to return a lost dog to their owner, while irresponsible owners go unpunished for abandoning their pets.

In the upcoming period, the working group will move forward with presenting solutions to reduce the number of stray dogs on the streets of Tuzla and through a series of activities to sensitize the public to this problem.

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Reactions to the attack on Maja Sujodzic and Dalida Kozlic: It is unacceptable for an institution to use violence against residents

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Associations Link plus, Feniks and Animal Hope – Riska strongly condemn the attack on activists Maja Sujoldzic and Dalida Kozlic that took place as they tried to enter a veterinary center in Sarajevo neighborhood Reljevo.

Institutions cannot be allowed to use violence against residents who are trying to point out illegal work of animal hygiene services and veterinary centers and who are standing up for the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have warned that killing of abandoned dogs and cats is an inefficient measure for resolving the problem of abandoned animals; and Declaration 26 of European parliament, adopted three years ago, recommended responsible ownership (dog chipping, vaccinations, sterilization of cats and dogs, and owner education) as the solution for resolving this problem in European countries.

The law for Animal Protection and Welfare of Animals in BiH was passed in accordance with European standards and recommendations of international organizations. The law is not being implemented meaning that cats and dogs in BiH have still not been marked and recorded in a central registry. That means that six years after the law was adopted, the state institutions have not implemented a single measure or met preconditions for efficient and lawful solution to the problem.

By accusing activists that they are obstructing the solution to the problem, using certain media outlets to create a toxic atmosphere against activists, and employing violence against residents who try to enter a public institution, Canton Sarajevo authorities are demonstrating that they do not intend to change their style of work unless they face strong international pressure to do so.

As a result we are calling on organizations across the world to direct written messages to the Canton Sarajevo government to support activists who are committed to a lawful, efficient, and humane resolution to the problem of abandoned animals.

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Dog hanged in a Bosnian town

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In the late hours of last night, a dog was found hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Neighbors who took care of the dog said that he was called Simo and he lived in the field between the neighborhood buildings. Association “SOS šapice” has engaged a lawyer who is working on investigating the monstrous murder of an innocent dog. The association is also offering 2,000 EUR for information regarding the identity of the person who committed the crime. To report information, please contact Daliborka Čolić 0049/17661297780, Draginja Selak 051/813915 or Association „SOS šapice“ 051/813915.

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Maja Sujoldzic and Dalida Kozlic physically assaulted during an attempt to enter the veterinary center in Reljevo

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A real life drama took place today in front of the newly opened veterinary center in a Sarajevo neighborhood Reljevo. A group of residents visited the veterinary center owned by Sarajevo County Novi Grad to find out what happened to the dogs that according to witnesses were taken there by the Hygiene Service Lokom employees. Entrance to the veterinarian facility was blocked by a security guard who was “guarding” the center from the residents. Two residents, Maja Sujoldzic and Dalida Kozlic, were physically assaulted when they attempted to enter the veterinary center. Both are in good spirits and are recovering at home following a visit to the doctor.

Written by: Jelena Paunovic

We spoke to Eldar Kozlic, one of the residents who wanted to find out about the fate of the taken dogs about the events which took place and previous media speculations related to this

“I knew about everything that has been going on, but today was the first time I witnessed it with my own eyes. With its criminal activities, Canton Sarajevo has literally buried the laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I couldn’t believe that the County Novi Grad Veterinary Center built with public funds is being guarded by members of the County Novi Grad Civil Defense – Emergency Intervention Unit in black uniforms. This means that the public is not allowed to enter this veterinary center. Why and how? Today I was also convinced that PU Novi Grad police “didn’t see” an attack on me even though they were only around 40 meters away in a car that was driving toward the veterinary center. Even after two other girls were physically attacked by the members of the Civil Defense, the police refused to call the criminal unit to investigate,” said Eldar Kozlic

Kozlic further pointed out that residents must become familiar with how the public funds are being utilized because those assets belong to all residents.

“Residents must know that the Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Veterinary Inspection of Canton Sarajevo, and the police are together destroying the state law regarding the animal protection and welfare law and other criminal laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Together they are taking dogs to mass execution with the help of the unlawfully established Hygiene Service Lokom. They are killing puppies along with their mothers (which was the case today), as well as dogs that were previously sterilized by public funds budgeted for that purpose. Due to the fact that Sarajevo lacks adequate shelters, these dogs are being taken to a heavily guarded veterinary center to be killed. But, I should point out that at the same time they are logging and collecting public funds for regular veterinary services (sterilization/castration, vaccinations, pills against various parasites),” stated Kozlic

He furthermore explains that after Lokom takes those dogs, they are never seen again. The only exception to this rule is in a few cases where ordinary residents who love animals were able to save some of the dogs.

Civil Defense employee guarding the veterinary center in Reljevo is obviously guarding it from ordinary residents. In an informal conversation he informed us that we can only speak to the veterinary center’s employees in the early morning hours and he denied that dogs are brought there. Employees of the Hygiene Service Lokom managed to distance themselves from the entire situation.

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Dalida Kozlic, a lawyer, activist, and a resident, spoke to our portal regarding the incident.

“Sadly, today we were a witness to a clear example of a criminal organization headed by Semir Efendic, which is also undoubtedly under the protection of Sarajevo Canton Interior Ministry (MUP KS). A criminal complaint was filed against Efendic and the rest of the cronies along with proof of embezzlement of public funds killing of stray dogs,” said Kozlic.

“Every resident has a legal right to access public institutions, which we were denied today. Veterinary center in Reljevo is guarded by a person wearing a black uniform with “Civil Defense – Emergency Intervention Unit” of Novi Grad County insignia. By law, the Civil Defense cannot be utilized as a paramilitary formation that is used as a security service for property and individuals. Furthermore, we were witnesses to unlawful conduct by members of law enforcement PU Novi Grad, which did everything to find a way to block us from gathering evidence.”

“However, the entire incident was recorded from the beginning to the end, as well as police obstruction, but especially important is the video of a physical attack on Maja Sujoldzic-Aljovic by the Civil Defense employee, as well as a physical attack by Edin Hajro against me during which I sustained physical injuries.”

“New criminal complains will be filed against the criminal organization headed by Efendic and protected by the Sarajevo Canton Interior Ministry (MUP KS) and the Sarajevo Cantonal Prosecutor’s Office, as well as against the head of the police of Sarajevo Canton Interior Ministry; I will also file a civil lawsuit against them, as well as the individuals who attacked Maja Aljovic, Eldar Kozlic, and me,” further explained Kozlic.

Maja Suljovic Adzovic was contacted for a statement, but she was unable to comment while she was still recovering from the physical assault.

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Doboj: Dogs cried after us as we left

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Last night we visited a „shelter“ for dogs in Doboj. Due to unforsee problems on the road, we did not arrive to Preslica until late night hours. I never visited this place at night before. The dog shelter in Preslica, located 12 kilometers from Doboj, is terrible to see during the day. At night the feeling of terror is even worse.

Darkness, forrest, I am not hearing barking, but helpless howling of captured dogs echoing in the forrest…The only light is coming from a nearby restaurant and center for the elderly and disabled individuals. The place where the former zoo was located and the „shelter“ next door are in complete darkness. As we are coming out of the car, we feel terror overcoming us. We use flashlights to shed light on the cages in which dogs are kept. We counted ten of them in captivity. In my head I hear two verses of a national song: „the girl foresaked her eyes, her bewitched eyes so she wouldn’t see…but there you will be and suffer and take out your bewitched eyes…“ The driver who accompanied me explained that the „thing“ we see that looks like a large refrigirator is used for slaughtering cattle. Terrified, I look at the large white thing placed in front of the shed for employees. I continue to hear dogs’ screams echoing.

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A scared little black dog approaches me. His tail is timidly wagging and he slowely approaches me wondering if I will hit him or pet him. He comes to me and I pet him.

From the car we take out dog food and more flashlights in order to feed the dogs. In the first cage we find a terrfied little black dog. Next to him is a Huskie. In a tired voice he’s letting out sounds that can only be described as a mix of howling, hoarse barking, and a cry for help to let him out and save him. Both cages are filled with feces. We let the dogs out. We are trying to put the food in any bowls that we can find while the starving dogs are catching bits of food while it’s being poured out.

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In the lower section of the damned place, there were two other fenced-off areas where dogs were kept previously; however, last night we didn’t find any of them. Small dog houses that were previously used were overgrown with grass. We head back to the section of the shelter where the zoo was previously located as we hear screams of captured dogs. Dogs are trapped there in a space where just last year the zoo kept foxes, a crocodile, and wild hogs. Our shoes sink into a mix of mud and feces which has accumulated due to the lack of sanitation of the area. Dogs are jumping around us as if they have not seen a human being for a long time. They are overjoyed, but starved and are impatiently waiting for us to enter each cage and give them food and change stale water.

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Sad, obviously tired and once again disappointed by the lack of care of these helpless animals by the relevant authorities, we leave Presilica. We are carefully driving at 40 km/hr. We see a little black dog running after us. Ado is carefully driving to ensure that we don’t hit her, but she is running as fast as possible and catching up with us. On the main road we see a young black labardor with a noose around his neck. We stopped to take the noose off and give him food and water. He was obviously hungry and distraught, and he couldn’t decide what he’d rather do: kiss us, wag his tail, drink water or eat his dry food. With a heavy heart we got back in the car and continued our trip to Doboj. The little black dog and our new friend – the black labrador – are running after the car. We can’t save them because we have nowhere to put them. After a few kilometers they give up, and sounds of crying dogs die down with distance between us…

On the way back we spoke to an activist from Doboj who told us about Max, an abandoned dog who lived in her neighborhood and whom she fed for years. She told us that Max was poisoned. The activist said that it looked like he threw up bile while he bled from his anus for hours. She found him like that in front of her building. Max came to the one person who cared for him to take his last breaths.

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We say goodbye to her in the center of Doboj. On the way to Sarajevo, burdened by our thoughs, the two of us didn’t utter another word.

At last I fell asleep around dawn, but was woken up by a terrifying dream. I dreamt about dogs who are able to speak. They told me everything and together we cried. When I came to, I didn’t know if that was a dream or not. Then I remembered that the night before we went to Preslica.

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Sarajevo: Where is Lokom taking the stray dogs?

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P.E. Lokom is a public service company for coordination, maintenance, and protection of facilities owned by Novi Grad Sarajevo municipality. It is a legally registered entity in Novi Grad Sarajevo municipality with the register number 65-01-1535-09.

On May 5, 2013, P.E. Lokom commenced a new “hygiene service.” In accordance with the Act 29 (Hygiene Service) of the Animal Protection and Welfare Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), hygiene service has the function to collect abandoned and lost animals in a manner that avoids pain and suffering and to deliver the animals to a shelter. The hygiene service must comply with all regulations as defined by the existing law in order to apply for and obtain an operational license.

The hygiene service operated by P.E. Lokom in Novi Grad Sarajevo municipality never fulfilled its legal obligation to meet basic operational requirements to obtain a work permit. Based on court registry documents, J.P. Lokom’s hygiene service is not listed as a legally registered entity.

Despite this fact, P.E. Lokom’s unregistered hygiene service is engaging in a daily collection of tens of stray dogs from the streets of Sarajevo and taking them to an undisclosed location at the order of the Veterinary Inspection of Canton Sarajevo.

“When we arrived to the veterinary facility in Reljevo, veterinarian Mustafa Mrkulić and the hygiene service employees called the police. They stated that we are obstructing their work, while we were only trying to find out the status of the stray dogs that we looked after,” stated a local activist.

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Who knows where they are?

In a published document by the Ministry of Economy of Sarajevo Canton, P.E. Lokom is mentioned in the context of also operating a dog shelter. There is no publicly available information on the location of the “shelter;” however, local animal rights activists have obtained evidence of its existence in the former military base “Safet Zajko” in Sarajevo. Entrance to the former military base is forbidden and individuals seeking to gain access are turned away by non-military guards on the basis that access to a “military installation” is prohibited.

Yesterday, employees of P.E. Lokom caught and took away 5 stray dogs one of which is still a nursing puppy.

“After I called the hygiene service to ask where the dogs were taken and if there’s a possibility to adopt them, they told me to submit a written request. I did that, but never received an answer,” stated an activist who took care of the dogs along with their neighbors.

Even though it has not been legally registered, the hygiene service is unabatedly conducting its activities to eliminate stray dogs in Sarajevo based on the order of the local authorities, which in reality should be sanctioning their work if we did not live in a corrupt country such as Bosnia.

“On a daily basis, Lokom and the veterinary inspectors are persecuting the local activists: they are publicly calling out activists, reporting them to the police, inspectors…Everything is being done for the purposes to cover up criminal activities they are engaged in. Why is it “scary” to ask Lokom where the dogs are? Maybe because they are the ones abusing state funds of this failed country, but are trying to place all guilt on people who are wholeheartedly fighting for these animals. It is extremely difficult to fight against these evil forces. If top-level politics were not involved in this, then Lokom would not even exist,” explained an activist who wishes to remain anonymous.

We attempted to contact P.E. Lokom numerous times, but they have refused to answer our questions.

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BELGRADE : DONATING ANIMALS FOR SLAUGHTER

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The Belgrade ZOO has decided to donate its domestic livestock surplus to the citizens of Obrenovac, a city that has been most stricken by the recent floods. The cattle, namely goats, sheep and other small animals will be distributed to the people at the local town’s market.

In a joint collaboration between the Mayor’s cabinet Sinisa Mali and municipality of Obrenovac, the Belgrade ZOO has decided to donate their small domestic animals, which are a surplus to the ZOO, to the people of Obrenovac who lost all their animals due to the recent floods.
“We have donated around 60 goats and sheep, some 100 chicken and one veal. Those animals will be of great use to the people there, whether as meat or for egg-producing. Some goats are pregnant so that population should grow.” explains Nadja Radovic from the BEO ZOO.
The ZOO’s workers have transported the cattle to the town’s market in Obrenovac and the distribution will be done in accordance with the official list provided by the municipality Obrenovac.

But the ZOO’s employees have a somewhat different opinion to this decision.
“The ZOO has always helped in such similar matters in the past, maybe in a much smaller scale than this time but we always tried to help as much as we could. We were patrons to agricultural schools, monasteries and children dorms and all similar institutions, and even to many ordinary households that needed our help. At the ZOO, we have kept the primary animals since we are determined to refresh the ZOO’s population with new additions. The whole transport was overseen by an official veterinarian and other relevant institutions. We have decided to donate these animals to those who had lost all of their cattle so they can form new stocks and raise the livestock level again in their community, but we most certainly haven’t given animals only so they could be slaughtered for meat or used for any other similar purpose. In that moment, we had overcrowded spaces, and you as a genuine animal-lover and an admirer of our work so far, are aware that this image is not good nor for the animal’s sake nor for the overall image that the ZOO has and wishes to maintain. All technicalities were done in accordance with the mayor’s cabinet of Belgrade and municipality Obrenovac.

The animal welfare activists and NGO’s from Serbia, cannot close their eyes on this case.
On Facebook, you can join in a group called “Spasimo zivotinje iz beo zoo vrta” (Save the Belgrade ZOO’s animals) https://www.facebook.com/groups/spasimozivotinjeizbeozoovrta/?fref=ts, and the petition can be signed here : http://www.peticije24.com/spasimo_ivotinje_iz_beo_zoo_vrta.

None Knows What Happened to Medo

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Written by: Jelena Paunović

Ten days ago, employees of the Novi Grad Municipality Hygienic Service took away Medo, a dog from the Sarajevo neighborhood Lužani. Residents who cared for Medo attempted several times to find out what happened to him after he was taken away by the Hygienic Service.

“I fulfilled all procedural requirements, petitions and forms for adoption that was asked of me, but I didn’t receive any information in return other than the dog must be monitored for 10 days. In the end, I received a message letting me know that Medo was killed. None of us know if he died slowly and in extreme pain because it is not known if dogs caught by the Service are killed with shovels or by injection. Official information regarding Medo’s disappearance is still outstanding,” stated Irma Vatrić, one of the residents who fed Medo daily, for Journalists for Animals.

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Irma’s sister Nađa and Medo

“I’ve known Medo since he showed up in our neighborhood as a puppy. The neighborhood children took care of him. When I would ask them whose dog he is the children would tell me that he’s theirs. Later I asked around about those children and I found out that they live difficult lives and are neglected by their parents. Those kids often hid little Medo in their homes. Because of that they were punished by their parents, so in the end Medo lived between stairwells, warm homes, and the street. I remember a scene, like a picture frozen in time: the children were taken away by a social service agency and he was left behind waiting for them in front of the building. He howled so sadly without stopping. It was a sound that tore your heart apart,” said Nina Radojčić, a resident who from that moment began taking care of Medo.

Based on their accounts, a number a neighbors and local business owners tried to make Medo’s life a little better. Medo remained in the same location, likely waiting for his “owners” to return.

“We all naively thought that someone would fall in love with him and that he would finally find a home. Despite a number of attempts to find a home for Medo, it didn’t work out in the end. In the meantime, Medo became a part of our neighborhood and everyday lives,” added Radojčić. “He recognized us by the way we walked, our smell, sounds of our cars. Even in the dead of night he would come running to us in the parking lot just to say hello and check in; he’d jump and show us how happy he was to see us.”

Even though Medo was surrounded by people who loved him, he was not spared from the harsh reality of the streets and the people who have the need to abuse abandoned dogs.

“It wasn’t a rare occurrence for Medo to be hit by rocks thrown by local drug addicts, or to be beaten by the local pharmacists if he rest his tired body in front of their pharmacy. A story of our Medo’s alleged aggressiveness is nothing more than his need to protect those of us who loved him. Children of my friend constantly played with him. Medo was painted as an aggressive dog through a media campaign against our four-legged friends walking around this city…in constant search for love,” concluded Irma Vatrić.

Medo’s disappearance was reported to the local police station.

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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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:

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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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