Serbia: Investigation Exposes Veterinarian Paid 1.5 Million Dinars for Killing 1,148 Dogs in Just ONE City – Nis. No Wonder There is No Enthusiasm for a ‘No Kill’ Strategy !


SAV are pleased to inform of a major new investigation which has been undertaken by Serbian campaigners.

EPAR have now sent criminal charges to the Public Attorney of Nis city, to the police of Nis and also to the republic veterinary inspectors relating to the illegal activities of a city vet named ‘Davkovsi’ and also those of city garbage firm JKP`Medijana`.  Both the veterinarian Davkovsi’ and also JKP`Medijana’ have acted in direct opposition to the Constitutional laws of the Republic of Serbia.

They have been killing animals in Nis city in direct opposition to the veterinary laws of Serbia.

Now we have documented proof to support what we say, and this data is provided below.

The following wording is used on the documentation samples given.  An English translation of terms used on the documentation are as follows:

1.      Shows the amount of T-61 which has been purchased to kill the dogs.

2.      ‘Aplikaciaja’ means the number of dogs that have been killed.

3.      `Ukupno za naplatu` is the cost that veterinarian Davkovsi’ charges for him to kill the animals.  It should be noted that this continues for months, as can be seen in the investigation paperwork following.

All the costs detailed in the paperwork shown here have been paid to vet Davkovsi’ by Nis city garbage firm JKP`Medijana`. 



Ref to FigureShown below DatesOf killingsBy Veterinarian Davkovsi’ Ukupno zanaplatu – Veterinary Cost per monthly kill Aplikaciaja – Number of Dogs Killed  T-61 used for killings Exchange: Dinar=Dollar/Pound/Euro
1 31/05/09 –25/06/09 231,270.00Dinars 187 1,920ml $ 2,855.9855£ 1,785.9956

E 2,042.8349 

2 05/05/09 –25/06/09 232,320.00Dinars 192 1,920ml $ 2,868.9521£ 1,794.1042

E 2,052.1097 

3 30/06/09 –25/07/09 164,990.00Dinars 119 1,400ml $ 2,037.4845£ 1,273.9865

E 1,457.3759 

4 31/07/09 –15/08/08 260,690.00Dinars 199 2,189ml $ 3,219.2972£ 2,012.9419

E 2,302.7052 

5 31/08/09 –25/09/09 171,610.00Dinars 131 1,441ml $ 2,119.2358£ 1,325.1022

E 1,515.8512 

6 30/09/09 –25/10/09 180,780.00Dinars 138 1,518ml $ 2,232.4774£ 1,395.9092

E 1,596.8508 

7 31/10/09 –25/11/09 187,330.00Dinars 143 1,573ml $ 2,313.3643£ 1,446.4856

E 1,654.71 

8 27/11/09 –10/12/09 56,940.00 Dinars 39 487.5ml $ 703.1600£ 439.6674

E 502.9577 

TOTALS   1,485,930.00 Dinars 1,148 Dogs killed   $ 18,346 £ 11,469

 E 13,119 E = Euros


Exchange Rate:

1,000.00 RSDinars = 12.3491 USD ($)

1,000.00 RSDinars = 7.72256 GBP (£)

1,000.00 RSDinars = 8.83312 EUR (Euros)  – 16 and 17/10/09

Rather than paying a veterinarian to undertake the killing of 1,148 dogs during 2009, we suggest that Nis city would have been much wiser if they had invested the same money into a program of animal sterilisation.  The current rate for male (dog) sterilisation is around 1,200 – 1,800 dinars.  Sterilisation of a female (bitch) is approximately 3,500 – 4,000 dinars.  Using the top rate figure in each case, if the same money paid to the vet for killing had been put into stray animal sterilisation, then approximately

945 MALES or 425 FEMALE dogs could have been sterilised.

The top end figures have been used here, but for mass numbers such as this, actual costs could have been reduced even more.  We suggest that around 1,000 male dogs or alternatively, 500 female dogs could have been sterilised for the same money paid to vet Davkovski for the killing of 1,148 dogs during 2009.

But further, we suggest that actually addressing the ‘problem’ of stray animal numbers in Nis city through a sterilisation programme is not to either the authorities or the vets benefit.  They need to rob the city taxpayers of money continually whilst making themselves look as if they are constantly dealing with the problem of stray animal numbers.  When you are a vet and you are being paid over one and a half million dinars every year to ‘deal’ with (ie. Kill) unwanted stray animals, why would you support an alternative scheme which really addresses the numbers and works towards a long term numbers reduction programme ?

The answer is that some vets and some of the city authorities make lots of money out of continually killing stray animals.  It is NOT in their financial interests to look at alternative methods to reduce animal numbers long term or to save the city taxpayers money by investing into such schemes as sterilisation.

The Veterinarian Oath:

“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, and to adhere to a code of conduct that ensures the relief of animal suffering,”

So much for veterinary oaths in Serbia !!!

Food for thought – From data provided by ‘SPAY USA’ we have the following:

One unspayed dog and her offspring can lead to 67,000 dogs in six years.

One unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 400,000 cats in seven years.

And so by putting taxpayers money into a city sterilisation scheme rather than a vets pocket, 945 MALES or 425 FEMALE dogs could have been sterilised in Nis city for the money paid to just one vet in 2009 to kill 1,148 dogs in Nis city.

Is this Nis City taxpayers money well spent ? – we suggest it is probably NOT !.

Further to the above cost table, despite being ordered to provide cost data evidence by the legal Commissioner, JKP`Medijana` have still not provided their information for the periods covering February to April 2009.  The costs associated with these months has still not been seen.

Serbian campaigners have undertaken obtaining all the information provided here through the correct and legal requirements of the Serbian constitution.  Information which they have a right to request and a right to be given.  JKP`Medijana` appear to be the people who are not now providing all the data / information that they have been ordered to.  Why is this we ask ? – have they something to hide ? – has the time now arrived when the actual financial costs of sticking to a killing programme for the city strays rather than investing into a long term and effective sterilisation programme now coming to the surface for everyone to see ? – including the money being made by some institutions for retaining their ‘kill’ and no alternative policy ?

The animals which have been killed over the years by the financial lust of some operators can never be returned.  They are unfortunately a part of a system in history which places money before the retention of life. 

We trust that this expose will contribute to showing the system operated in some Serbian cities and that most importantly, the taxpaying general public will learn from it; and learn that their money should be invested into ‘No Kill’ sterilisation programmes for strays; including the establishment of long term shelters for strays, as required by the (Serbian) law.

This information will be provided to the EU Enlargement Commission asking them to take account of the data provided.  We trust that SAV EU supporters will copy and send this post link to their MEP’s in order that they can understand more about what happens in Serbian politics.

Finally, we understand that veterinarian Davkovski  who has undertaken all these animal killings is a (Serbian) Democracy Party member.  His brother who we also understand is a veterinarian, is the chair of some authorities in the Nis municipality.

Veterinarian Davkovski is also involved with the catching and killing of many animals in cities outside of Nis also.  It would appear that this is quite a lucrative business for him.  Negotin city is one such place, where we understand that more than 10,000 Dinars have been paid for just one days work catching and killing strays.  It is alleged that veterinarian Davkovski said that strays had been returned to the streets, but when documented proof about the microchip numbers of these returned to street animals in addition to further information about them, nothing could be provided.

Only one conclusion can be drawn from this; that is that the very lucrative killing of stray animals continues throughout many Serbian towns and cities.  A business which is very lucrative to some sectors of the veterinary profession.

Now what was the wording of that veterinary oath ? :

“I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, and to adhere to a code of conduct that ensures the relief of animal suffering

……….. and pigs might fly !!!

Reference Data:

The Veterinary Law – Article 168 and 46“The kiling of strays is forbidden – they should be provided with care and not killed”.

Campaigners have now heard from the (Constitutional) Court in writing, and they say that no analysis of the case is necessary for Pravilnik 29/94 as it has been replaced by the new Veterinary Law Article 168 (02/10/2005).  This is exactly what the campaigners had said, ie. that the old ‘underlaw’ (extra law) of Pravilnik 29/94 was still being used when it fact it has been overwritten by the new Veterinary Law Article 168 of 02/10/2005.

In addition, Article 46 of the new Veterinary Law (02/10/2005) states that the killing of stray cats and dogs is forbidden and that instead they should be provided with care.

In effect, from 02/10/2005 under the Serbian Constitutional (law) Court, animals should be provided with care and not be killed.

Full Article:

The Veterinarian Oath:

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, and to adhere to a code of conduct that ensures the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

T-61: What is it ?

“the use of T-61 is totally unacceptable. T-61 is mixture of three drugs,” Vallentine explained. “It contains a local anesthetic, a barbiturate derivative that renders the animal unconscious, and a chloroform-like agent causing muscle paralysis.

Death results from asphyxia following paralysis of the respiratory muscles. If T-61 is administered without prior analgesia, or too quickly, intense pain may result due to paralysis before loss of consciousness. 

“Because of this risk,” Vallentine elaborated, “there is disagreement amongst the veterinary community as to the acceptability of T-61. It is not accepted by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society of the U.S., and is no longer produced or licensed in the United States.


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