The UK’s Dogs Trust estimates that the streets of the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia is home to some 11,000+ abandoned dogs. These animals continue to be tormented, abused, tortured and killed on a daily basis.
This week we were made aware of the Hresa ‘Shelter’ on the outskirts of the city. Until yesterday, this was what should have been a safe refuge for over 50 dogs. The shelter however lacked adequate food, water and essential veterinary care. Dogs had open wounds and living animals shared tiny enclosures with dead dogs. Pedigree dogs also end up at Hresa. Stolen from their owners, these dogs are then offered back to their owners for a price of 100+ euros.
Zivot BiH is a group of animal welfare activists in Sarajevo who have been trying to negotiate with the owner of the Hresa Shelter to save these unfortunate animals. The shelter owner says that he had been promised some 130,000KM (Euro 66,000) from the local municipality, but as the full amount had never been paid, he could not ensure the care of the dogs. This appears to be a similar pattern throughout Bosnia where government funding has been promised, but has never come to fruition.
Sadly today we have learned that when the Zivot BiH volunteers reached the Hresa Shelter yesterday (Saturday 3 Nov.), around 40 dogs had disappeared. Later they found the bodies of many of the dogs at the local garbage disposal tip. Fortunately the volunteers were able to save 7 pups and 2 dogs from the Hresa hell and these have been placed in foster homes. As the group has very little funds, donations are urgently needed to care for these dogs and others that they are supporting .
The situation in Bosnia is very dangerous for those trying to help these animals. Animal welfare activists are constantly being threatened in their work. These people need the full support of the international community to put pressure on the Bosnian government to stop the torture in Bosnia.
What you can do:
Donate via Chipin – The rescued dogs and many others will only survive if the international community donate funds for veterinary care, food and fostering.
Donate via international bank transfer.
Please see detailed bank transfer information here.
Udruzenje za zastitu i dobrobit ziv otinja BiH “Život”
Pro Credit banka d.d. account number 194 101 907 51 001 97
For donations from abroad there is a foreign currency account:
194 143 907 510 1243
IBAN BA 39 1941439075101243
Pro Credit bankc Sarajevo, street Emerika Bluma 8, Sarajevo 71000 Bosnia and Herzegovina.
PLEASE SEND BY EMAIL (subject: “Prihvatilište Hreša”), FAX AND MAIL TO ALL OF THESE PEOPLE AND IF YOU SPEAK SERBO CROATIAN, TELEPHONE
Head Veterinary Inspector for the area:
Republic of Srpska
Republic Administration for Inspection Activities
Republic of Srpska Inspectorate
78000 Banja Luka
Trg Republike Srpske 8
Tel: +387 51 334 627
Fax: +387 51 307 955
Main Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Radićeva 8 71000 Sarajevo
Tel: +387 33 565 700
Fax: +387 33 565 725
Directors of the Veterinary Office:
Ljubomir Kalaba, Director Phone: + 387 33 565 700, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pavo Radić, Deputy Director Phone: + 387 33 565 702, email@example.com
Sanin Tanković, Secretary Phone: + 387 33 565 701, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor of the municipality that the shelter is in:
Opština Istočni Stari Grad
71144 Hreša, Istočni Stari Grad,
Telefon: +387 (0) 57 265 117
Fax: +387 (0)57 265 114
Ministry of agriculture, forestry and water of Republic of Srpska
78000 Banja Luka
Trg Republike Srpska 1
Fax: 051/338-865, 051/338-866
We, the undersigned, request that the Government of Bosnian and Herzegovina, the Istocni Stari Grad authorities and municipality mayor Bojo Gašanovic in particular, investigate the matter of the Hreša dog shelter.
We have reliable reports and eyewitness accounts substantiated by photographs from November 1st that over 50 dogs were being kept in inhumane conditions, without adequate food or water or veterinary treatment, that numerous dogs were kept in tiny cages, that dead dogs were left amongst living dogs, that dogs had open, untended wounds. Furthermore, there were reports that any non-purebred dog caught by the shelter was killed, and that purebred dogs were stolen from owners and only released to the owner if a ransom was paid.
Slaviša Jovcic, the director of the shelter and director of Glog, the company that built the shelter, stated that he was promised 130 000 KM from the municipalities for the shelter, but the full amount of the money was never paid by the municipality and therefore Slaviša Jovcic said he could not ensure the care of the dogs. However he promised cooperation with the activists, said he was willing to help them feed and care for the dogs.
On November 3rd, a second visit to the shelter was paid by animal welfare activists as they had found homes for 10 dogs. But 90% of the dogs in the shelter had disappeared. Workers from the shelter stated that dogs had been killed on November 2nd and buried in a garbage dump. Photographs taken by activists on November 3rd show the shelter as almost entirely empty. Activists left as they feared for their lives, but managed to rescue two adult dogs and five puppies.
We demand that a full investigation is undertaken, that any illegal actions be dealt with to the full extent of the law. We will not cease our enquiries until answers are provided. All international animal welfare organisations either have been or will be contacted about this atrocity.
We further demand that the municipality ensures that the facility is immediately provided with proper management and funds to care for any remaining dogs. Modern practices must be implemented, giving food and fresh water and the facility be must kept sanitary and properly staffed with veterinary professionals so the animals are cared for and, ultimately, caring homes need to be found for the dogs.
This situation has sparked a global outcry and we look to the Bosnian and Herzegovinan justice system and authorities to conform with EU standards regarding animal welfare, and to apply the law that was passed in Bosnia Herzegovina incorporating these EU standards.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Mi, dole potpisani, zahtjevamo od vlade Bosne i Hercegovine, općinske uprave Istocni Stari Grad i osobito predsjednika općine Boje Gašanovića da se sprovede istraga o dešavanjima u skloništu za napuštene pse Hreša.
Posjedujemo pouzdane izvještaje i izjave očevidaca popračene fotografijama od 1-og Novembra o tome da je više od 50 pasa držano u nehumanim uslovima, bez dovoljno vode i hrane te bez veterinarske skrbi. Brojni psi su bili nagurani u male kaveze a desavalo se da su živi i mrtvi psi u jednom kavezu. Primječen je i pas sa otvorenom ozljedom koja nije veterinarski obrađena. Nadalje, dobili smo dojave da se „mješanci“ dovedeni u sklonište ubijaju a rasni psi kradu od vlasnika i vraćaju nakon što vlasnici plate „otkupninu“.
Slaviša Jovčić, direktor JKP Glog i upravitelj skloništa Hreša je izjavio da mu je općina trebala isplatiti 130.000 KM za troškove skloništa ali največi dio sredstava nikada nije uplaćen. Iy tog rayloga, kako tvrdi Slaviša Jovčić, oni nisu u stanju da vode neophodnu brigu o psima. Ipak, obecao je suradnju sa aktivistima tej je rekao da bi volio da mu se pomogne sa hranjenjem i brigom o psima.
3. Novembra aktivisti su otišli u drugu posjetu pošto su pronašli domove za 10 pasa ali 90% pasa koji su tu bili prethodno su nestali! Radnik je izjavio kako su pobijeni i ukopani na lokalnoj deponiji otpada. Fotografije napravljene na ovaj dan svjedoče o tome da je prihvatilište bilo gotovo potpuno prazno. Aktivisti su otišli jer su se uplašili za svoju sigurnost ali su uspjeli da spase 2 odrasla psa i sedam štenaca.
Zahtjevamo da se sprovede opsežna istraga i da se sprovedu zakonske obaveze u skladu sa zakonom o Zaštiti i dobrobiti životinja. Mi nećemo obustaviti ovaj proces dok se ne pruže svi relevantni odgovori. Sve međunarodne organizacije za zaštitu i dobrobit životinja su obavještene ili će uskoro biti obavještene o strahotama koje se dešavaju u ovom „prihvatilištu“.
Dalje, zahtjevamo da općina pod hitno osigura sredstva za prikladnu brigu o svim preostalim životinjama u skloništu. Mora se uvesti moderna praksa upravljanja skloništem, osigurati hrana i voda te sanitarni uslovi, obezbjediti osoblje za brigu o psima a osobito osigurati veterinarski nadzor za vrijeme boravka pasa u skloništu. Takodjer je potrebno žiti napor da se nađu novi vlasnici za pse u mjeri koliko je to moguće.
Cijela ova situacija je zainteresirala široku javnost i očekujemo da se pravni sistem BiH kao i vlast povinuju EU standardima u svezi zaštite i dobrobiti životinja te da primjene već postojeće zakone koji su potpuno usklađeni sa EU normama.
Hvala što ste izdvojili vrijeme da pročitate ovo pismo.
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