Belgrade, July 06, (Serbia Today) – The capital of Serbia still does not have a shelter for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats in spite the fact that there are more than 15,000 homeless animals wondering streets and parks of Belgrade.
A large number of citizens of Belgrades’ several boroughs are reporting each day to the emergency rooms due to the injuries from the attacks of the stray dogs. The attacks are happening in all parts of the city, but mostly in the big parks and on the city outskirts, where stray dogs usually wonder in packs.
The problem of the stray dogs exist in Belgrade since the time of Milosevic’s rule, when economic embargo, industrial collapse, Balkan wars, civil unrest and bombing of the city, caused many impoverished dog-owners to simply abandon their pets, as they were unable to provide food and care for them.
“Belgrade will get its first dog shelter by mid-July” – Vladimir Terzin, Assistant Secretary for the public Affairs of the City Government told for Serbia Today, “it will be open in the Borough of Rakovica and its capacity will be 500 dogs, he added.
There are plans in work for the building of the animal shelters in other parts of the city. The idea is to catch stray dogs, give them proper medical care, neuter them, and offer them for adoption, Terzin said.
Serbian Parliament recently passed a new Law on animal welfare that prohibits cruelty against dogs and other house pets, and execute penalties of 100,000 RSD ( about $1500) for pet owners, who deliberately abandon their animals .