Brcko – 250 Dogs to be Killed by Local Authorities

See also the BaZIL 14th May entry in this section.

The authorities of Brcko have caught around 200 – 250 dogs and put all these dogs in one  big dark, dirty area of a food factory –  without food and water, without veterinary care , dogs are fighting each other and even eating each other.

Now the authorities plan to kill all these dogs, in a pathetic attempt to show how they are able to solve problem of stray dogs without ARKA, the animal welfare organisation.

That is the thoughtless actions of politicians of Brcko.

SAV are asking if anyone can come forward and take action for the dogs of Brcko.

Within the next few days, we know that all the dogs will be killed, and the politicians will state that there were never any dogs around in the first place.

E mails should be sent to Mr. Neil Parish MEP and to Mr. Alain Hutchinson MEP at Brussels, asking them to take action on behalf of the EU for the dogs and cats being killed against legislation in the Balkans.


Neil Parish MEP e mail –

(Mr. Parish is the President of the EU Eurogroup for Animal Welfare)

Alain Hutchinson MEP e mail –

(Mr. Hutchinson is attempting to bring in EU wide new legislation for the protection of Stray animals).

This will be legislation that new member states will have to show they are complying with before they join the EU.  The above actions show us that they are not complying with any animal welfare legislation.

Photo – the excellent ARKA shelter – now considered unnecessary by the Brcko authorities.

They want to kill dogs rather than involve ARKA.


Contact details for Brcko District authorities are as follows:
Brcko District Government: 
working hour from 8 AM to 16h 30′ PM
                Bulever mira broj 1
               76101 Brcko distrikt
                Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Mirsad Djapo – Major of Brcko district :
Phone : +387 49 240 820   fax: +387 49 217 142  
Mr. Anto Domic- deputy major :   and  
Phone in the office +387 49 240811 fax:   +387 49 219459 mobil +387 65 815 000
Mr. Adnan Pasalic- legal department :
Phone in the office: +387 49 240619;  mobile +387 61 281 899
Mr.Djuro Tankosic: – spokesman : +387 49 240 810; mobil: +387 65 939437
Mr. Zoran Gajic – Chefe veterinary inspector :
Office for the complains: phone/fax +387 49 216427
Assembly of Brcko district BiH
address: Mladena Maglova br.2
                  76101 Brcko distrikt
                  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Milan Tomic – president 
Mr. Sinisa Milic –  ( secretary?)
Phone: +387 49 215 516
Fax :  +387 49 215 516 extension  215
Office of High Representative ( OHR )
Mr. Raffi Gregorian – Supervisor for Brcko District
Mr.Gerhard Sontheim – deputy supervisor
Mr, Jasmin Adilovic – Special assistant of the Supervisor
Phone: +387 49 240 300
Press/TV/ radio
HIT TV : Phone/fax : +387 49 217461    ( very important local TV station )!!!

Nezavisne Novine:  fax: +387 51 331 810

 Radio Brcko : 

 +387 49 215 341   and   +387 49 219 179    



BN TV :     phone:  +387 55 228 422

                              Phone:      +387 55 228 400

 SRPSKA – RTV  Phone&fax  +387 49 217196

 DNEVNI AVAZ : + 397 49 215 648





‘Benkovac’ Croatian Shelter – Latest News – 21st May 08

Below is the fastest way to help the dogs and Mr. Ozakovic, so that he can buy dog food and take it to Benkovac shelter as soon as possible.  Then, with food, Mr. Ozakovic must be allowed into the shelter, or legal action can be taken under law. 
Donation information is:
 OTP Bank , IBAN SWIFT bic

This is Account for help  animals in Benkovac


OTP banka d.d. – CROATIEN

KONTO : 2407000-3240098117


IBAN: HR2524070003200386660 

Thank You


 New photographs on 23rd May are:




First photo – The Mayor;



Other photographs – the suffering his decisions have caused, including puppies being eaten by other starving dogs.
Is this the action of EU member states of the future ?
Mr. Mayor – your actions will keep Croatia OUT OF THE EU !!
The Law of Veterinary of the Republic of Croatia has now been checked.
SAV contacts now have a copy of the legislation.
In agreement with the Law of Veterinary of the Republic of Croatia:-
anti-rabies vaccinations must be provided for FREE – the same  as in Serbia – but, it is alleged that vets are asking for money to provide this.
Other people in Croatia have informed that vets everywhere are asking them for additional money to vaccinate, even though the vets receive money from the republics tax payers budget to pay for the vaccinations in the first place ! – and as such, the vaccinations should be provided free by the vets from the republics budget.

The situation in Croatia for anti-rabies vaccination should be the same as in Serbia – free  – and in agreement with the Law of Veterinary, because activists insisted on the implementation of this law.

Microchipping of stray dogs  must be provided from the municipality budget – also the same as in Serbia, because ‘communities’ are ‘owners’ of stray dogs – not any one specific person, not any specific organisation, but the communities – and that means all the citizens of the community – they are all owners of the stray dogs, and as such, the municipality budget must provide for their welfare.


Please see other news items on Benkovac for contact e mail information.
Dear all; please read the following which has just arrived, and also view more photographs at the tierhilfe-benkovac link given in the following text.
regards – SAV team.
Dear Friends, An Austrian association Tierhilfe-Sueden (they are focused on animal rescue in the Balkans/ Southeastern Europe                        

has been helping the shelter “Benkovac” in Croatia by supplying food and medicine, though the current situation is quite awful.
Here you can read the short report in English and view some images that are not pleasant at all.                        

Here are the descriptions of the pictures: dogs are eating their new born puppies, most of them are severely injured, for some of them it was too late, and dogs have started to eat each other.

If you would like to help, please contact them

Thank you for your attention and help.





Dear friends ,


This is our LETTER OF THANKS to  good people who send help to these poor dogs at shelter Benkovac who are victims of greed, pitiless humans , as  they always are.
Our friends just wrote that they send help to dogs at  dog shelter Benkovac , in form of dogfood and medicaments.  We hope this help  will arrived to  these poor dogs and  doesn`t be abuse from humans-shinters  of that dogcatchers firm.
We please, Mr Ozakovic and other good people for monitoring situation in  dog shelter Benkovac, Croatia .
Are these poor dogs ALONE ?
Who care 24h to them ?
They may not  be alone ! It is danger for  them be alone !

Dragi prijatelji, evo  nasi prijatelji javljaju da stize pomoc u hrani i lekovima psima u Benkovcu, nadamo se da ce  biti namenski upotrebljeni , a ne pokradena i prodata od strane sintera ove sinterske firme , sto smo vec imali prilike videti .
Molimo gospodina Ozakovica i  sve druge  dobre ljude koji su u  mogucnosti da nas izvestavaju  o stanju u azilu u Benkovcu.
Ko pazi i brine o ovim jadnim psima 24h.Da li su oni SAMI ?
To je opasno za njih !
ovo je i nase PISMO ZAHVALA svim dobrim ljudima  koji sada i ubuduce  budu slali pomoc ovim jadnim zrtvama ljudske bezosecajnosti, pohlepe, nemara.

Thank You .



















Slavica Mazak Beslic
Friend- EPAR/OIPA/Alliance for Animal Rights/SAV
Liebe Tierfreunde !
Von Frau Stanger kam ein dramatischer Hilferuf aus Kroatien… BITTE HELFEN SIE UNS DEN TIEREN IM TIERHEIM “BENKOVAC” ZU HELFEN !!! Wir kaufen Futter und Medikamente…
Noch mehr Fotos und aktueller Bericht auf unserer Homepage / AKTUELLES
Bitte protestieren Sie auch – Adressen ebenfalls auf unserer HP.
Sylvana Stierschneider

Date: Sun, 18 May 2008 16:31:20 +0200
Subject: RE: Picutres from the benkovac shelter last days( see the date inthe picture!!

New Photographs from NOA of Bosnian Horses

Photos just received from our activist friends at NOA in Banja Luka. You can clearly see
the horses and the conditions they are in.

Also in the photographs are activist from NOA.

SAV would like to thank our friends at NOA for making the difference and saving horses lives.

See also our

EMERGENCY APPEAL – 90 horses Dying of Starvation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lipizzaner Horses at Vucijak Farm in Bosnia and Herzegovina are being kept in
appalling conditions, suffering from starvation and fatigue. The horses
are dying. These horses need our help urgently. Three foals have already
died due to starvation and conditions at the farm  more are expected to
die in the days to come.

Why is this happening?

After war broke out in Yugoslavia in 1992, Vucijak farm has
not received the support of the state. It was once a European breeding
centre for the famous Lippizaner horse, and has been selectively
breeding these animals since WWII, but now it lies in all but ruins, the
horses undernourished and dying, and the buildings collapsing around
them. The farm is owned by City Hall Prnjavor and Government of
Republika Srpska, both of whom are acting as though there is more than
enough time to sort out the problems on this farm. Funds that have been
raised in the past by NGOs and other welfare groups have disappeared
into the administration, and no spending on welfare has been observed.

Add to this the fact that farm employees have not been paid for many
months at a time, and are currently on strike. They have not allowed
volunteer workers into the farm to look after the horses as they see the
horses plight as a lever for their own failing livelihoods. This means
that in addittion to the pitifully meagre budget available for the care
of these horses, they must undergo an even greater hardship while being
used as pawns in this administrative farce. Thankfully, volunteers will
be allowed back onto the farm as of next week.

NOA, a Bosnian animal welfare organisation and member of WSPA
have negotiated an agreement with the authorities to allow their
volunteer taskforce onto the farm. They also have a policy of
transparency about spending. They will therefore ensure that any
donations made to help these horses will go directly to rehabiltating
the animals, and thereafter, the farm. They will provide interested
parties who donate funds with expenses reports of the whole project on
request (once it is finished)

NOA would like to help organise VUCIJAK farm in cooperation
with other interested parties into a farm that is organized and run in
the way that a farm such as Djakovo farm (see link below) operates.

Donate Funds – Bank information for donations to be made to are as follows:

This has to be done via your bank please refere to




Donate Supplies – See list below if you can
donate any of the supplies listed below, please email:


Fedin Gunic –






Eurovision Song Contest – Belgrade. ? Dogs to be Rounded up and Killed before Contest ?

The Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Belgrade, Serbia this 24th May.

We ask are stray dogs in the city going to be rounded up in advance of the contest and killed off in a repeat of what happened prior to Eurobasket Belgrade 2005 ?

Eurovision have a web site which can be viewed at
and especially for us and the dogs, they have a Blog at

where we are all invited to leave comments and ask questions.