13th June – Exclusive Photographs of the “Death Row” Sombor Dogs Awaiting Killing by T-61

Below are exclusive photographs of some of the dogs which were held for months at the Sombor pound, and which over the last few days have all been killed. (see our report from yesterday, 12th June).

The photographs were taken before a ban was introduced and padlocks were fitted on the doors to prevent campaigners from entering. 

These pictures show some dogs which have been held since February.  All have now been killed T-61, a drug which paralyses the respiratory system and causes suffocation. 

We are sickened that rather than give treatment and the care required, the vets killed the animals using T-61. 

Now, today, Shinters are back out on the streets looking for the next set of dogs to catch and take to this pound, and which will be destroyed in the same way by veterinarians !

Serbian people are ashamed because they are the taxpayers who are funding this crime.


 Very, Very Cramped Conditions

 Yes, Very Cramped






 Awaiting Death by T-61


Death by a Veterinarian.

12th June – Veterinarian Mrs. Dubravka Dusanic has Killed the Dogs held at the Sombor Pound

Please refer to  https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2008/06/07/7th-june-photographs-of-the-city-pound-suffering-at-sombor/






12th June 2008


News in from Slavica

EPAR/OIPA /Alliance for Animal Rights/SAV/GAARP


Dear friends;

I must report you this very, very sad news.


Veterinarian Mrs. Dubravka Dusanic has killed all the dogs at Sombor`s city pound, all those poor victims who were in those small  dirty cages in front of eyes of  whole World.

And  they catch still today several new dogs.

It is very sad fate of these dogs who were in these tiny cages from February  2008 until the day of  their  murder. When activists of APS  ZOV  were today  in the city pound  they  found  empty  cages and workers washing out the empty cages in preparation for the next new batch of innocent victims.


They killed all dogs yesterday, we are shocked ….

We are desperate, because in spite international attention to these poor dogs  these pitiless killers murdered them. These 27 adult and 5 puppies were inspected by Mrs Sanja Celebicanin, for several months, and she wrote  this city pound is ok- in spite of the dogs being crammed into  very small cages.


These firm for garbage collection don`t want to make any meeting with us about re-homing dogs,  the Director, Mr. Andrija Penzes, banned the activists of  APS ZOV from taking photos, but there are  3 witnesses who were every day in that place and who can give us confirmation that the dogs were healthy but very hungry and thirsty, and living in their own excrement.


Their suffering is now over, but they lived their last month in front of  our very eyes, and they were brutally killed by T-61 – by politicians and authorities who do not care.


Today shinters caught new dogs again for the same fate.


Veterinarian Mrs. Dubravka  told us that the dogs were ill – but  how can be possible in all  27 adult dogs and  5 puppies !


And even if they were ill, which was not the case, why did she not attempt to try and help them by providing medical treatment ? – she did nothing, and gave not one animal any medical treatment.  No vaccination, no microchipping –   just  T-61 to kill them; that is the Veterinarian Mrs. Dubravka  – some veterinarian !.


Please send your protest to

Mr. Slobodan Milosavljevic-Minister of Agriculture



Mr.  Miroslav Marinkovic -Director of Veterinary Department of Serbia and to Mrs. Sanja Celebicanin-Chief of Veterinary inspections of Serbia  It is the same address for all of them:



and also to Mr. Jovan Slavkovic- Mayor of Sombor




Please send your protest and help us help them –


CC to local mediamedia :


so.somborske@neobee.net,  s.novine@eunet.yu,  s.novine@sbb.co.yu


Main Serbian media:


redakcija@blic.co.yu,  redakcija@glas-javnosti.co.yu,  rajna.popovic@politika.co.yu,  anja.abramovic@b92.nrt,  redakcija@kurir-info.co.yu


Block addresses of authorities of Sombor city.


kabinet@minpolj.sr.gov.yu,  predsednik@so-sombor.com,  zamenik@so-sombor.com,  vetuprava@minpolj.sr.gov.yu


Thank you for your help and compassion – Slavica.


7th June – Photographs of the City Pound Suffering at Sombor



At the same time as there are serious animal welfare problems at the City Pound in Bor (see other article), Sombor City Pound is doing no better.

Photographs shown here are for the Sombor City Pound.


As can be seen, the big dog in the cage cannot even move properly.

In the pound there are 15 cages measuring just 80cm x 80cm and two cages of 100cm x 100cm.  We understand that since 17th February 2008, 30 dogs have been held in these cages ! – they are unable to move and are living in their own excrement, with little or no food and water.

Between February and now many dogs have died due to the conditions at the pound.  Because of this, it has become necessary for local welfare campaigners to bring charges demanding that a new shelter is built at Sombor.

128 dogs from Sombor city pound are currently still in the shelter run by welfare organisation EPAR, but they do not have the money necessary to build extra boxes to take the Sombor dogs, as the citizens of Sombor are bringing more dogs almost every day.

EPAR are requesting that taxpayers money both in Bor and Sombor, and right across Serbia, is used to build specific ‘No Kill’ shelters and to pledge that Sterilisation of all  animals will be undertaken at these premises.

Without a guarantee of a sterilisation program for the animals, and vaccination, microchipping and the fitting of an identification tag (to show the animal has been sterilised), there is not much point to only building a new shelter.  It is essential that the whole procedure to stop more young animals being born is carried out; if it is not, the end to stray animals on the streets of Serbia will NEVER go away.


At the moment, in both city pounds (Bor and Sombor), animals are neither microchipped or vaccinated.  Local campaigners believe this is because the animals are going to be killed.  Every day the campaigners fight to gain access to the pound, and they telephone Mrs. Sanja Celebicanin, the Chief of the veterinary Inspection Department for the whole of Serbia.



Contacts for Sombor City include:

Mayor – Mr. Jovan Slavkovic

E mail:   kabinet@so-somborpredsednik@so-sombor.com
Fixed telephone  00381 25 468 111

Veterinary Inspector – Mr. Miladin Mikovic 
E mail:   okrugsombor@gmail.com
Mobile phone  00 381 63 573 282

Director of JKP Cistoca – (Shinters firm) – Mr. Andrija Penzes
E mail:  so.cistoca@neobee.net,   direktor@cistoca.co.yu

Mobile phone 00 381 63 381 006





Block e-mail Media Contacts for both Bor and Sombor City Pounds are:



Block e-mail addresses of the authorities FOR BOTH Bor and Sombor City Pounds are:

Slavica at EPAR asks you please to e mail and telephone to help both the Bor and Sombor dogs – and she sends her thanks to you.




7th June – New Photographs Arrive of the City Pound at Bor, Serbia

7th June 2008 – SAV have just been sent the following photographs of the City animal pound at ‘Bor’ in Serbia.  Please note the tiny sizes of the cages, and the fact that the are two storey also, which causes extra suffering for the animals on the bottom tier.  Who knows the fate of these animals and how they will be killed – T-61 (if they are ‘lucky’), mallet, Nuvan or other poision.
When we obtain more details and contact information on this situation, the data will be published immediately.
Please look at the terrible conditions these animals are being held in.

BOR City Contacts to who you can send your protests are:

The Mayor of Bor City is Mr. Branislav Rankic 

E mail:   sobor@ptt.yu
tel/fax 00381 30 423 980
Mobile phone 00381 63 480 959
                   00 381 64 89 04 300


Veterinary Inspector  is Mrs. Dragana Antic 
E mail:   sobor@ptt.yu
te/fax 00381 30427310
Mobile phone 00 381  63 573 257
Director of the Shinters firm – JKP 3.Oktobar is Mr. Jovan Manic
Mobil phone 00 381 63 83 159 47
E mail:  jkp3.oktobar@neobee.net



Block e-mail Media Contacts for both Bor and Sombor City Pounds are:



Block e-mail addresses of the authorities FOR BOTH Bor and Sombor City Pounds are:




Animal Friends Croatia Prepare Reports About the Benkovac Situation

6th June 2008 —-   Our buddies at ‘Animal Friends Croatia’ have been deeply involved with the animals locked into the Benkovac shelter recently.

Croatian authorities passed the Animal Protection Act for the protection and welfare of animals.  The suffering of the animals at the shelter in recent weeks which we have all witnessed shows a careless attitude by those who should be the very people with responsibility for enforcing this legislation.

The number of dogs in the Benkovac shelter has decreased considerably during the last few weeks from approximately 100 down to around 50 alive now.  Dogs died from malnutrition, lack of care, parasites and terrible hygienic conditions.  Cannibalism was a last resort by many of the animals due to the ignorance of the authorities to intervene and undertake what was necessary under the Animal Protection Act, the legislation passed by them ! – to provide basic care.

The news about Benkovac and Croatian shame spread like wildfire throughout the world.   Individuals, groups and organisations everywhere across the globe were constantly updated and provided with information and photographs of the shelter situation as the days went by.  The Mayor of Benkovac, the Director of the Veterinary station at Benkovac, and Benkovic d.o.o. (the town cleaning department) who are responsible for the shelter shamelessly attempted to blame others over the whole period for responsibility of the condition of dogs.  What ‘others’ are there to blame ?

Also, after the visit of representatives to the shelter, several top officials seemed more concerned about the media involvement in this case than the well-being of the animals in the shelter; a situation that did not appear to change according to reports.

So this week, things happened for the surviving animals at the shelter.  For a continuation and accurate story of events over the last few weeks, and the recent days events, please refer to the ‘Animal Friends Croatia’ links following:





Below are more photographs showing the time when Animal Friends Croatia and the Press and Media gained access into the shelter.

Upon entry, one of the dogs especially was seen to be suffering from heat exhaustion.  So Dinko, the man who cared for the animals before he was sacked by the authorities and padlocked out of the shelter; which caused him much distress, was able to go back in to try and help all his animal friends.

Here you can see Dinko trying to help the Alsatian which is suffering from terrible heat stroke and exhaustion.



Dinko applies cooling water to the animal to try and save his life.

And thanks to Dinko’s efforts, the dog was taken out of the shelter, put on a drip, and it survived.


Dunja Reiter, a well known Croatian singer and actress living in Germany gave her support to the benkovac animals issue, and kindly participated in interviews with the press and media who went with Animal Friends Croatia to the shelter.

Here you can see both Dunja and Dinko discussing the situation.

More photographs and write ups to come very soon.

And the message to leave with the authorities is:

“Science may have found a cure for most evils,

but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all

– the apathy of human beings”.



4th June – New Photographs Arriving from Benkovac and the Zadar Shelters

These are photographs that we have just had of the situation at both the Benkovac and also the Zadar shelters over the last 24 hours.

We are currently obtaining more information on the visits to both locations to add to the pictures soon.

More text updates to be added over the next day or so – regards SAV.