The Serbian animal camp in Loznica
Loznica, a town in the west of Serbia pursues a state "animal camp" from which shocking pictures to European animal welfare activists were spread in the network. Dead, half decayed dogs, frostbitten puppies and mauled corpses – pictures of horror.
The financing and care is administered by urban management, and for the care of the animals a 4-headed team is responsible. Unfortunately, according to dependable information the word “care “can’t be taken literally. The staff is not always on site, sometimes only on two days in the week. The dogs are not fed regularly, so the dogs maul themselves regularly because of hunger.
Also the hygienic conditions are catastrophically. The boxes are cleaned only very infrequently, and although the town reproaches with a budget for drugs, a medical care also does not take place. Where the money flows is unknown. During the hard winter months not enough huts are made available for the dogs. The proposal to procure a few huts by donation money, however, at least was rejected by the manager of the animal camp. In January some huts were procured by the help of local animal welfare activists, but the donations remain up to now unused. The reason: If more huts stand in the kennels, less dogs fit in the cages, this according to the manager.
Foreign help is not wanted!
It is really hard for the voluntary assistants because often they aren’t allowed to go to the animals at all. Often they are also banished arbitrarily and without any reasons from the area. Nevertheless, the engaged animal welfare activists show incessantly presence and do their best to help the animals a little bit. Unfortunately, this is only realizable if the staff itself is also present, but that isn’t very often the case.
How terrifying the states must be, becomes clear in the number of the currently missing dogs.
In the last week of January all in all 150 dogs were accommodated. Virtually overnight more than 60 dogs were suddenly absent. However, nobody can say were they are. According to the local animal welfare activists, the supposition is obvious that someone has put out the animals intentionally and has given them free to hunt. A cruel play, someone could think, that the animals are caught in big numbers only to let them go again later.
Authorities were not informed
On inquiry to the mayor of the city of Loznica the answer was as foreseen: Acc. to his own statement he had no knowledge about the dreadful circumstances in the animal camp At least they promised the voluntary assistants any support, however, unfortunately, still no improvement has entered up to now. The awful pictures prove the sad fact that the dogs perish consistently miserably and torture themselves in their limitless need.
The animal welfarist Rada Zivanovic is involved with other assistants in desperate efforts for the improvement of the situation, however, unfortunately, their hands are only much too often tied. Now together with the Austrian animal welfare organisation ATIN the first steps occur for organised help, however, all endeavours stand and fall with the promised support of the mayor.
By this report we hope to reach as many people as possible to be able to change the shown state in Loznica fast and with a lasting effect.
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