Serbia: PART 1 – Subotica City ‘Public Competition To Control Stray Animals’ Update – Corrupt and Authority Organised As Always – So Whats New ?

At the end of May we started a series of posts – see above, in which the Constitutional Court of Serbia declared that there must be a Public Competition – Tendering for the catching of stray dogs and cats in Subotica city.

We declared in our posts that Subotica city is finally starting to / having to act in agreement with the court, by allowing public competition for the process of catching and thereafter caring strays in the city.

From the beginning of June animal welfare campaigners eagerly awaited the formal publication of the tendering process to be published in the press, as they would have a chance to tender for this.

The immediate reaction of the Subotica authorities, knowing that animal welfare organisations and the public were now going to be allowed to tender for the task, was to cut the financial budget allocated by around two thirds !

This shows the closed loop ‘look after ourselves’ attitude which the authorities have had in the past.  Money in the budget is not spent on animal welfare, but it is spent on other things not directly associated with animals.

*** Update 18/07/10   Update 18/07/10   Update 18/07/10   Update 18/07/10 ***

Some two months after being informed that the Subotica strays programme was to put out to public competition, there is still no further news or publication of the programme in the press on which the public are able to base their tender.

Originally, welfare organisations were informed that they had 30 days from 12/06/10 in which to submit their full stray control programme to the Commission of Public Competition.  On the 12/07/10 the public competition would be closed and after a review of the tenders and a further 20 days later, the Commission would decide on the winner and all participants would be informed.

And so, by the 02/08/10 all the participants in the public competition would be informed of the results.

Well, that was the schedule and plan that anyone involved and wishing to participate in was informed by the Subotica authorities.  We understand that from 30/06/10 the Subotica authorities have paid the media ready for the competition to be published, but it has not happened for almost 3 weeks since.

It appears now that prior to this whole pack of lies from the authorities, on the 18/03/10 the Subotica authorities made a new decision independently, declaring that the (stray) animal killings would only be undertaken once a month.  It appears that the listing of animals will be compiled by 4 members of a ‘Commission’; a group which has been formed to authorise the killings.

The declarations can be seen in the following documents.



We understand that the members of the ‘Commission’ which decides the fate of the animals is made up of;

One veterinarian;

one person directly involved with the city authorities;

one person from a ‘dogcatching’ firm; and

one person from an ‘animal protection’ organisation.

We can confirm that neither Slavica nor any other representative of SAV or EPAR will be involved with this Commission.  It appears the animal protection representative is from an organisation called ‘APS Subotica’ who it seems have one small shelter of 70 to 100 animals and who always appear to have collaborated with the city authorities, by whom they have always been funded.  Is it any wonder that any other animal organisation is not involved ? – the Commission animal welfare rep is from an authority funded organisation.  A do as we say type approach ?

Their (APS Subotica) position is based on 1)  education and on 2)  the humane putting to sleep of animals.  We are simply of the view that the killing of strays is their overall position and is the only way they consider controlling dog and cat populations.  Same as the authorities – what a coincidence !

Their (APS Subotica) President, Mr. Nebojsa Mihajlovic, has for many years received money from the city budget for his ‘collaboration’.  We understand that this figure is around 30,000 to 100,000 dinar per month.  Money to simply continue to give the green light for the continued killing of dogs and cats.

Mr. Nebojsa Mihajlovic appears to have established a contract with dog killers in the past.  It is alleged that in 2004, 2005 and 2006, 7,000 dinars per month was given to (Subotica) dogcatchers.  Many hundreds of animals were caught and killed, whilst the Subotica general public were told / misinformed  that the animals were being cared for at the shelter.  In fact, the animals were being killed immediately after capture.

We call this hypocrisy.  It is alleged that Mr. Nebojsa Mihajlovic always spoke about education regarding strays; but here he actually did nothing; there was never any  public education in Subotica about stray animals.

We understand that in their first article associated with this new decision, the Subotica city authorities have written declaring that the killing of dogs and cats only (not more than) once a month is ‘communal intervention’.

We declare that the illegal (Veterinary law 2005) killing of dogs and cats is euthanasia, which is ‘medical’, and not a ‘communal intervention’ policy. 

Please refer to ‘Part 2’ in another post (to be issued soon) for a continuation.


Serbia: ‘Dogscan’ – Pregnancy Detection in Small Animals 

A portable ultrasound scanner designated for quick pregnancy detection in small animals.

This equipment is now what welfare campaigners are suggesting should be purchased and used by community authority inspectors to verify if owned animals are actually pregnant and thus further adding to the numbers of animals which are within communities.

This should be especially used to check regularly on owned animals where the owners refuse to have their animals sterilised. 

The plan is simple; if owners of animals do have their animal(s) sterilised, then they are contributing towards reducing stray numbers for the future.  If animals have been sterilised then the owner should have documentation to show / prove this.  This must be provided to community inspectors.

If the owner cannot provide the documentation to support this, and by using the scanning equipment shown, then the inspector can confirm if the owned animal is actually pregnant; and as a result, the owner can be charged for not having their animal sterilised and also for contributing to the continual numbers of stray animals in any regions.

Regardless of being owned, the new offspring of owned animals will very often be turned out onto the streets by the owners.

There is only one way to reduce stray animal numbers; and that is a public education programme supported by public authority subsidised sterilisation programmes.

Community inspectors should be provided with this equipment now and they should use it to ensure that un-sterilised, owned animals are not released out on the streets to be mated with and yet produce more strays; simply continually adding to the stray numbers.

Sterilisation works to reduce numbers.  The authorities turning in the other direction does not.

Serbia: Welfare Activist Charge Made Against All 170 Authorities in Serbia over Stray Animal Treatment Policy; and Response Now Demanded by Commissioner of Public Information to Support This Request.

Slavica has now sent to the Veterinary Department of Serbia, a charge against all 170 responsible local authorities within Serbia, who are responsible for the issue and treatment of stray dogs and cats, using Article 46 of the Veterinary Law which means that all animals must be cared for and not killed.

Using Article 54 of the law for animal welfare, they have an obligation from 10/06/2009 to make a lawful programme of controlling stray dogs and cats without killing them.

Slavica has also asked for information to be provided under the ‘public importance’ sector.  She has asked that documented evidence be provided which supports that some authorities ( all ?) have not acted in accordance with their legal obligations.

All of this was undertaken during October 2009; and Slavica has not been given a response to date.  Slavica has now lodged a complaint to the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection regarding this information request.

The Commissioner has a web site at

Slavica has an excellent working relationship with the Commissioner.  As such, he has demanded that Slavica is to be provided with all this very important documentation and information; and that the information must be provided to Slavica within 3 days and to him, the Commissioner, within 7 days.

Now it is a case of actually seeing from this request by the Commissioner if anything has actually been done, or if Article 46 and Article 54 of the Veterinary law have simply been ignored by the authorities throughout Serbia and by the Veterinary Department of Serbia.

The case continues ………………