Information coming out is confusing – some says that most of the dogs have neen killed; other messages say not.
It will not hurt to send messages to the authorities regardless using the sample letters below.
The town of this shelter is near to Sarajevo; and we are informed that since its exposure by locals, many of the dogs have been killed. Possibly some of the adult dogs and the puppies have been rescued by locals; but this is unconfirmed.
… And please contact the Mayor of the district directly – by mail, email, telephone and fax. The dogs only hope is if we show the Bosnian Government that we know, and that we will not sit by and let these dogs suffer.
Opština Istočni Stari Grad
71144 Hreša, Istočni Stari Grad,
Telefon: +387 (0) 57 265 117
Fax: +387 (0)57 265 114
You can also contact the local commissioner:
Snjezana Jovicic +387 (0) 57 265 117
Sample Letter – better if you personalise it:
I request that the Government of Bosnian and Herzegovina, the Istocni Stari Grad authorities and municipality mayor Bojo Gašanović in particular, investigate the matter of the Hreša dog shelter.
We have reliable reports and eyewitness accounts substantiated by photographs that that over 50 dogs are being kept in inhumane conditions, without adequate food or water or veterinary treatment, that numerous dogs are kept in tiny cages, that dead dogs are left amongst living dogs. Furthermore, there are reports that any non-purebred dog caught by the shelter is killed, and that purebred dogs are stolen from owners and only released to the owner if a ransom is paid.
It is understood that Slaviša Jovčić, the manager of the shelter and director of Glog, the company that built the shelter, 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 Jovčić cannot ensure the care of the dogs.
We demand that a full investigation is undertaken, that the municipality ensures that the facility is immediately provided with funds to care for these 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 these 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.
[your name here]
And in Serbo-Croatian:
Zahtevam da vlada BiH, vlasti Istočnog Starog Grada i posebno gradonačelnik općine Bojo Gašanović istraže pitanje skloništa psa u Hreši.
Postoje pouzdani izvještaji očevidaca koji su potkrepljeni fotografijama da je više od 50 psa su držani u nehumanim uvetima, bez adekvatne hrane ili vode ili veterinarskog lečenja, da brojni psi se drže u malim kavezima, koji su mrtvi psi među živih pasa. Nadalje, postoje izvješća da bilo koji nečistokrvni pas je uhvaćen od strane sklonište je ubijen, a da rasni psi su ukradeni od vlasnika i otpušteni njim, samo ako se plati otkupnina
Podrazumiva se da Slaviši Jovčić,u voditelju skloništa i direktoru Glog, drustvo koje je gradilo sklonište, obećali su 130 ,00 KM od općine za sklonište, ali puni iznos novca nikad nije bio plaćen od strane općine i stoga Slaviša Jovčić ne može da osiguri brigu o psima.
Tražimo da puna istraga se provodi, da općina osigurava da objektu odmah se osiguraju sredstava takoda se brinu za te pse. Moderni postupci moraju da se provode, hranu i svježa voda moraju da se daje i objekt mora da se čuva u sanitarnom stanju, s osobljem veterinarskih stručnjaka, tako da su životinje zbrinute i, u konačnici, brižni domovi treba da se nadje za ove pse..
Ova situacija je izazvala globalnu negodovanje i očekujemo od i pravosuđe i vlasti skladanje sa standardima EU-a o dobrobiti životinja, te primenje zakona koji je bio donesen u BiH i uključuje ove standarde EU-a.
Hvala vam za uzimanje vremena da pročitate ovo pismo.
[your name here]
Or donate directly, but state it is for the dogs in Hresa: DONATE VIA PAYPAL
Demand Investigation into Horror Shelter in Hresa, Bosnia
Target: Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Istocni Stari Grad authorities, Municipality Mayor Bojo Gasanovic
UPDATE, NOVEMBER 3, 2012: Activists arrived today to find 40 dogs missing. Workers at the shelter said they had been killed and buried in a garbage dump. The activists managed to release and rescue a mother dog and her seven puppies and one other adult dog. They then had to leave the premises as they feared for their lives.
November 1, 2012
Reliable reports and eyewitness accounts substantiated by photographs show that over 50 dogs are being kept in inhumane conditions in the Hreša Dog Shelter, on the outskirts of Sarajevo.
They are completely without adequate food or water or veterinary treatment.
Numerous dogs are kept in tiny cages, one dog in a cage no larger than itself.
Dead dogs are left amongst living dogs.
Witnesses say that any non-purebred dog caught by the shelter is killed, and that purebred dogs are stolen from owners and only released to the owner if a ransom is paid.
Winter is here, and with heavy snowfall and temperatures hitting -30 and no heating in the shelter, without immediate help many of these dogs will die.
ChipIn to help the rescued dogs and for activists in Sarajevo to continue the investigation:
More information: Horror Shelter in Hresa
And: Horror Shelter in Hresa PART TWO
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