Laurel & Hardy are two 9 month old rescued brothers who recently arrived in the UK from Sarajevo.
Both of these dogs had a terrible start to life and Laurel almost died after wandering into a house and having half of his tail chopped off with a pair of garden shears.
It was only down to the love and care of lone rescuer Mia Ozegovic, that he survived and that the boys are now safe in the UK having been brought over on Action Aid for Animals Abroad transport.
Like Romania, the situation in Bosnia is terrible for dogs and cats – they are treated like vermin and the government and local authorities ignore European legislation and do not implement humane control of the dog and cat population, despite receiving funding to carry this out.
Instead dogs are rounded up and killed in horrible ways such as beating, poisoning, shooting and lethal injections into the heart with bleach or poisoned by dog catchers who are paid approx 5euro per dog.
Sometimes they are incarcerated into the notorious ‘kill shelters’ which are basically dog concentration camps, where these sentient beings are tortured, slowly starved to death or injected.
The government of Bosnia-Herzigovia is seeking to change its existing animal protection law to allow for the “euthanasia” of dogs who have been in shelters for more than fourteen days and have not yet been adopted which means that even more dogs will die a horrible and inhumane death.
Under the current animal welfare law, every city and town in Bosnia-Herzegovina is supposed to build a shelter for homeless animals that has a “no kill” policy and that provides adequate care, including medical care from veterinarians.
In reality, lone rescuers such as Mia, Milena Malesivic and the UK based Animal Advocates For Bosnia are continuously raising funds to pay for the most urgent cases to be cared for in Private Pensions.
Dogs that are rescued from the kill shelters have to be barbarically sterilised first without the use of an anesthetic and are often sewn up with string, so the vet bills to put this butchery right are also catastrophic.
Laurel and Hardy are two of the lucky ones and are currently being fostered in Swindon – Hardy by myself as a private foster and Laurel via June Chapman of the Labrador Rescue Org.
The are both however looking for their forever homes.
They are both wonderful dogs with sweet natures who will make wonderful companions to a potential adopter.
Foster homes are also desperately needed by UK organisations such as the Labrador Rescue.
If you think you could offer Laurel or Hardy a good home, please contact Jules Arman on 07588 688681.