Benkovac Situation Latest – German School publishes Letter about Benkovac Shelter on its Website and Contact Details for the Croatian Prime Minister

Great News !! – A German school has published a letter to the German Embassy regarding the Benkovac dog shelter on their school website !!

Well done everybody – you are all helping us to save the remaining dogs at the Benkovac Shelter.


Thank You – the SAV team.

We have just been informed that tomorrow (Tuesday 27th May) somebody from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia will travel to Benkovac city regarding the situation of the dogs and cat at the shelter.

We all hope that now Europe and the rest of the world (please see the Visitor Locations ‘Clustrmap’ (of the World) on the left side of this site) are fully aware of the current situation, something positive will come out of this, and immediately; not sometime in the future – we need it now  !.
The Prime Minister needs to be reminded that the actions of the Mayor at Benkovac have not helped in any way at all and that his actions have not portrayed Croatia in a positive manner at all regarding the treatment of animals.  Whenever the Mayor has been contacted by campaigners on the telephone, he has just laughed and hung up on callers.
Now we wait to see what happens on the 27th, and will inform everyone thereafter. 


Everyone can also do their bit by sending a message to the Prime Minister of Croatia. 
Contact details are as follows:

Adresar: Članovi Vlade

Dr. sc. Ivo Sanader

Predsjednik Vlade RH



  • Trg Sv. Marka 2, 10 000 Zagreb
  • Tel: 01 4569 222
  • Fax: 01 4569 222







    News from Slavica, President of Friend-EPAR/OIPA/Alliance for Animal Rights

    Here is the very latest news from Slavica Mazak Beslic, President of  Friend-EPAR/OIPA/Alliance for Animal Rights


    For Donations:


    OTP Bank


    Klauzal ter,5



    Account number : 11775355-37518886

    Account name : MAZAK-BESLIC JANOS

    Address : Subotica 24000,Matka Vukovica, 9

    IBAN : HU31117753553751888600000000

    Swift : OTP VHUHB



    This way is the best way for donations for the animals to be made, because in this procedure, tax for money transfer is very low and the tax is not paid to the Serbian authorities who are doing very little, if anything for the dogs, but who do ask for high taxes when donations are made.


    Thank You so very much and best regards


    Slavica Mazak Beslic, President of  Friend-EPAR/OIPA/Alliance for Animal Rights


    Everyone would very much like to offer thanks and support to Proffesor Juhasz Csaba and  his collegaue at Budaikisallat Klinika, Budapest, as they always do these often life-saving operations for our dogs at very helpful rates. We would also like to thank the Veterinarian in Subotica, Serbia, named Tikvicki Grgo, who has performed many  successful operations to save the dogs.


    Thank You everyone who helps us to work in saving the dogs.


    Donations will contribute to new dog shelter buildings (500 – 800 euros per 1 box), and the salaries of 8 workers.  There is a need all round for money to help at the shelter.  More donations would mean that dogs were able to be operated on earlier than they are sometimes; but animals are never left to suffer continually; they are treated as soon as possible.


    Below are some photographs and stories of some of the recent dogs that have been cared for by the Friend-EPAR/OIPA/Alliance for Animal Rights


    PERICA – a sweet and nice friendly dog



    Perica immediately after his rescue from the sealed, double plastic bag


    This is Perica and his story is extremely sad.  He was found by a young boy named Perica and had been put into a double plastic sack !; when he was found, he was almost dead but there was still a heart beat providing him with life.  After two months of therapy, several infusions and a lot of work to try and get him to eat anything, Perica is making a good recovery now and is described by everyone as a very kind and loving dog.  Everyone loves Perica, he is sweet and nice; and now Perica loves and trusts his new found friends at the shelter.



    Perica immediately after he was found wrapped in the sealed, double plastic bags.



    Perica in the very early stage of treatment – trying to save his life.



    AGI – Sweet Lady


    Unwanted by her owner; but with a hernia.

    Today, post surgery, she is a nice, sweet lady.



    Agi – Pre Surgery



    Agi – Recovering after Surgery



    SOPHY –

    Rescued from her life on a chain carrying a large hernia.  She is currently living with 25 other dogs awaiting new boxes.

    Sophy – When First Taken

    Sophy – Post Hernia Surgery in Recovery
     VICTOR –

    Rescued via an e mail during the 16th / 17th May.  Victors owner was informed that if he did not hand him over; the police would immediately be informed and there was a 6 month prison sentence for the owner under legislation.  Victor was given without further question.  Victor has a great love for his food; something he was largely denied by his previous owner.

    Victor – Hungry and Thirsty and on his Chain Before he was Rescued



    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





    New Layout for This Site

    Dear all;

    it must be said that this SAV site has developed into a lot more than originally planned.  Thanks to your support and interest in the issues, the SAV team have been attempting to keep the site updated on a regular basis.  A site planned originally for just Serbian animal welfare issues has now spread to cover lots of issues in various parts of the Balkans.

    After suggestions from a couple of supporters, we think that it is very beneficial if the information currently appearing in the “News” section was further sub-divided into headings covering each of the nations / regions represented by our work – ie. Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, etc, etc.

    With this new style format, you will be able to select one particular nation and obtain all the current news and information related to animal ‘wrong doings’ there which we have been informed of.  Contact information, donation information and sample letters to send etc will still be included; as will as many photographs as considered necessary.

    Non national, ie. General news (such as this specific entry) would still be listed and included under a “General News” section.

    As always, we appreciate your comments and suggestions on what changes you feel are needed.  You can always leave comments using the tab at the very end of each news entry.

    We hope that this new structure will be of benefit to everyone and give the campaigns a more specific regional feel.

    Thanks – the SAV team. 


    CROATIA – 24th May – Big “Tornjak” at the Croatian shelter is now Dead – How many more ?

    The dogs are in  extreme danger at the Croatian shelter –  allegedly, shinters  could be poisoning
    them one  by one , and it is possible that poison was given to “Tornjak” – one big  male
    dog (see photograph) – because  “Tornjak” is not alive today.

    SAV have  received news that Mr. Dinko Ozakovic goes every day go  to the shelter- and walks around  the border fencing of the shelter – he is unable to get in and so has to throw old bread over for the dogs.

    He is desperate – Understandably.



    Tornjak – Dead.


    ‘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

    SWIFT bic : OTPVHR2X

    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 –