Serbia: The Not So Public Subotica City ‘Public Competition’ For Animal Welfare – Update 31/08/10. Public Information Witheld From the Public to the Benefit of Organisations Who Currently Operate the City Stray Control Programs.





Subotica City ‘Public Competition’ Update – 31/08/10.

The corrupt and unlawful way of operating by the Subotica authorities has presented itself to us once again.

Regarding the ‘public competition’ which was going to be made open to all public organisations to tender for – in this particular case a competition for the operation (management) of animal shelters in the city (Subotica); it now appears that specific city authority personnel, possibly with a certain degree of self interest, have changed the system in relation to this ‘public tender’, so that only one organisation has been able to bid; and strangely, it is the very one that they could be directly associated with.

On 30/08/10, welfare campaigners in Subotica who wished to review the competition with a view to presenting a bid for the city animal management and control, were supplied with an e mail informing them of where the competition information was posted. 

This is always done on the Public competition link at  under the sub heading of  ‘Javne  nabavke’.  Even the most basic and simple public tenders are always published here.

This time the information relating to the animal shelter tender was NOT published on this site.  It appears to have been kept much more private; and one has to question the term ‘public’ when the information to tender is NOT made available to the public to be able to do same.

It would seem that Mrs Dulic Suzana, who is part of the city authority Communal Department, along with her manager, Mrs Matilda Seker, and her husband Vlada Dulic, who has major relations with the authorities of the public firm JKP Cistoca i zelenilo, Subotica; have not informed any of the public about this important tender for animal welfare through the usual routes on the city web site.

Instead, we know that ONLY JKP Cistoca i zelenilo, Subotica were informed about the bid tender process; they were the only applicant provided with the information necessary to submit a bid into this alleged ‘public’ competition.  Even as the only applicant of the information, we are now informed that JKP Cistoca has still not been able to put a full tender response together about shelter management.

Because of this, we have to ask if anyone in authority in Subotica really had any full depth knowledge about what exactly was required by a public organisation to run an animal shelter correctly.  As the knowledge was not made available through the normal public competition route; defining what the requirements would be of any competing public organisations, it can only be stated that this system once again shows that the authorities of Subotica city have not got a clue as to what is required and the standards necessary to operate an animal shelter correctly.

So instead, city authorities and personnel have corrupted the system to ensure that the basic tender / bid information is kept well away from the public, and instead the opportunity is provided only and once again for operators of the current system to continue operating as they always have done; ie. with very little regard for animals and their welfare, and very especially little regard for Serbian national legislation relating to animal welfare.

And so, on the 30/08, animal welfare organisations have been informed too late of this ‘public’ competition by the Subotica authorities, even though as a daily process throughout many weeks in advance of 30/08, animal welfare organisations have questioned Mrs Matilda Seker and Mrs Usumovic Davkik Marija as to when and where this public competition information will be published.  No responses were ever given to the questions asked.   As we are now fully aware, only one organisation (JKP Cistoca) appears to have been informed about the tender requirements; informed by whatever route was taken by the city authorities to ensure that only they (JKP Cistoca) knew about it.

The city authorities allegedly have fixed the bidding / tender system so that they can continue to use the companies which they have always used to undertake shelter and stray animal control.  There is no change in the corrupt system and the ‘public’ animal welfare organisations who really wished to become involved in the tender, to the benefit of animals and the city animal welfare policy have been kept well and truly out on the sidelines of this competition.  Sidelined enough to have not even been told that the tender information was published – but then why would they be told ? – the public tender information was only published through non-public routes !

This is unlawful and so this is why further action now has to be taken against the authorities of Subotica.  Your help is needed.

We ask, on behalf of Serbian animal welfare campaigners who originally wished to prepare a bid in this ‘public competition’, that non Serbian citizens contact their Serbian ambassadors directly and acting on (your) behalf, they (the ambassadors) subsequently write to the authorities of Subotica city to ask why the issue of ‘public competition’ for stray animal management in the city was kept secret from the public – the very people who should be able to tender for this animal shelter management position.

You can provide a copy of this post link directly to your ambassador, as we hope that the post contains enough information to brief the (your) ambassador and will allow them to follow up your request.

For any overseas (non Serbian) citizen, please use the following links to obtain your own embassy contacts in Serbia.

International embassies located within Serbia can be found at:

For the moment; Subotica City Authorities Endure that the ‘Public’ are kept very much away from information associated with ‘Public Competitions’ – Especially where animal welfare is concerned.

India: ‘Raja’ – The Little Stray Who Was Adopted and Changed the World for his Adoptive Family – A Wonderful Story of Hope.






HUBLI: There are temples and temples — some for idols, and some for matinee idols in today’s hero-worshipping times.

But for a pet mongrel? Chandrashekharaia Kulkarni, 58, did just that — he built a temple for a dog who he believes had divine powers.

Today, it has turned into a religious spot in Ranebennur, in Haveri district.


In 1994, Kulkarni was running a small scale industry making paan masala sachets in a rented building. It was a loss-making unit, and Kulkarni planned to shut it down. One day, he saw a two-week old puppy straying onto the premises.

He tried to shoo it away, but the whining mongrel stuck around. Out of pity, Kulkarni decided to rear it.

As fate would have it, things began to change. His business blossomed, he bought his own building on five guntas of land in the industrial area. All this he attributed to the dog, believing he had brought him luck.

The puppy grew up to be a part of the family. Kulkarni named him Raja Narayanswami, and treated him as his child. The family took good care of Raja, who surprisingly, was a vegetarian. Towards the end of 2008, Raja died of a prolonged illness.

To keep Raja’s memory alive, the family decided to build a temple for him. With the support of the people and other pet lovers, Kulkarni built a temple and put up a portrait of Raja in 2009. He held a huge fair during Vijayadashmi. And ever since, people have been thronging the temple. His wife Kasturamma and children Manjaiah and Gayatri too believe the dog possessed divine powers.

Said Kulkarni, a law graduate, “Raja was like our son, not just a dog. Our fate changed after it came to our industry. It often protected our property from thieves. We believe it was a reincarnation of God.”

This year too, Kulkarni plans to hold a big fair and mass feeding during Vijayadashmi. “Now, we want to build a primary school after him, and are awaiting permission. The land is finalized. We have also placed an order for a silver statue of Raja, embedded with precious stones, to be installed in the temple,” he added.

Thanks and Regards
Santosh Rajashekar

SAV Comment

Unfortunately; no pictures at present to go with this post.  A photo of Raja and / or the temple would be great.

Can anyone help ?

Germany: Very Sad News – ‘Seppl’ Has Passed Away. RIP Seppl.

The message shown below arrived from Diana (in Germany) yesterday – 01.09/10.

It sadly informs about the death of a horse named “Seppl”.

Seppl has been ill for a while now and Diana has been keeping me informed of his condition and situation for many weeks.  Seppl had a kidney ilness which was incureable; and for all involved in his daily care and attention, it was just a matter of time and for doing the very best for him until his passing over the rainbow bridge.

During his final weeks, Seppl was given almost anything he desired.  All the food he could eat and a wide range of special treats.  But most importantly, he was given love and attention from several people who were not his direct ownner.  She deserted Seppl to go elsewhere years ago.  Seppl had many other horse friends at the stables; he was never alone.

Seppl died peacefully in his pasture area overnight.

He will be greatly missed by all the immediate team who cared and loved him on a daily basis at the stables.  And so as Diana says, I also ask you to light a candle in memory of Seppl today please.

Now gone but always a wonderful memory.

Thanks – Mark.

From Diana:

Dear all,

it is a sad day today – as most days where animals die.

Still I would ask you to light a candle for “Seppl” today – a horse I’ve gotten to know at the last stable I was at with my “Henry”.

Seppl has died last night, very likely, of kidney failure. He had been ill for a good two months now, and while all was done to help him, it became clear that his time was limited, and so he was made as comfortable as possible for the weeks/months that remained to him and those who cared for him.

Seppl lay peacefully in the pasture this morning, having passed away some time last night. We all hope that he did not suffer.

Seppl, a Haflinger gelding, was 20, very sweet and a bit of a rascal almost to the end.

Sadly, the person he loved most left him to live somewhere else a few years ago, and hence he was given into the care of Yvonne and Arek, who did their utmost to make him feel welcome and loved. It was them who were with him to the end.

Rest in peace, Seppl.



Dear Seppl,

you will stay in my heart for ever.

I love you so much and I say thank you for the wonderful years we´ve passed together. You made me so happy and I enjoyed all the time with you.

Now there is an angelpony more in heaven.

Rest in peace my lovely friend.
Yours Yvonne