Justice for Mila- 4 Paws were Hacked Off, Serbia

  • by: Nadia Donato
  • recipient: Boris Tadic, Serbian President and the Police Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Republic of Serbia

Only weeks after the news of poor Mima's torture and mutilation in Bulgaria (her 4 legs brutally chopped off), we find another dog in a similar fate and this time in Serbia!

On April 13th, 2010, in Medakovic, a suburb of Belgrade, Serbia, Mila, a stray dog was found under a car with all her 4 paws mutilated. Although in terrible pain and seriously dehydrated, and after suffering from such cruel abuse in human hands, Mila showed absolutely no signs of aggression. She remained very gentle, friendly, and loving towards her rescuers.

The vet said her only chance is prosthesis and that she sustained her mutilation for approximately 10 days. The vet also said that the cuts were quick, precise and that it could not have been done by only one person.  Mila may have wandered around injured, looking for food and water for days and eventually sought shelter under a parked car.  Mila shows a great will to live and will be at the vet clinic for a while until she finds a new home.

Serbia's well-known film director and chairman of the SOS Animals association Goran Paskaljevi said that he has been in contact with animal protection associations in Germany and France in order to determine where prosthetic paws for Mila may be manufactured, to then raise the money for this purpose.

Mayor Dragan Dilas confirmed that the city will also provide funds for the purchase of the prosthetic aids. He also said that his office will raise awareness to Belgrade's young and senior residents about the need to have compassion for animals. We applaud the Mayor and hope that he does indeed follow through.

After all the suffering Mila endured and her strong will to live, it is our hope that she is given the BEST possible treatment, prosthetic paws, and rehabilitation to live her life comfortably.

Please read letter to target demanding Justice for Mila and for Serbia to create an Animal Police and enforce their animal cruelty laws once and for all..

January, 2010 Update:  After months of treatment at a Vet Clinic, Mila from Serbia has found a new loving home! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5sI1OJ-KzA

News articles: 
http://www.b92.net/eng/news/crimes-article.php?yyyy=2010&mm=04&dd=15&nav_id=66482

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/society-article.php?yyyy=2010&mm=04&dd=15&nav_id=66497

We the undersigned are absolutely appalled to hear of the butchering of a stray dog named Mila in Serbia only weeks after the horrific torture and maiming of Mima in Bulgaria.

Unlike Bulgaria, where animal cruelty is not a crime, Serbia's law against animal cruelty does exist and it is considered a felony offense. However, similar to Bulgaria, there are countless animals suffering in Serbia. Most cases of animal cruelty are not punished as law enforcement is overwhelmed.

We demand for Serbia to create an Animal Police and enforce your laws on crimes against animals. There is a proven link between animal cruelty and human violence. Such monsters in society will never stop and will only escalate their offenses. First a dog. Next a child. Protecting the animals also protects the innocent citizens in your country. 

We demand justice for Mila and for Serbia to create an Animal Police once and for all. We urge you to investigate this heinous act done to Mila and prosecute and punish all involved to the fullest extent according to Article 269 of the Criminal Code of Serbia.

We also urge the citizens of Medakovic who may have witnessed or may have information to this cruel and barbaric act to come forward and cooperate with the authorities.

It is important that this case is taken seriously and handled with extreme priority. Such barbarity should NEVER happen again!

Thank you for your time.

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