Monday, December 28, 2015
Dubrovnik, Croatia, return the dogs to Ms. Sandra Sambrailo and the Zarkovica Animal Shelter!
(http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-dubrovnik-animals-spasimo-dubrovacke If not signed yet)
To: Croatian Ministry of Agriculture,
Cc President mrs.Kolinda Grabar Kitarović .
I am a citizen of the European Union and write to express my shock and horror concerning the theft of approximately 65 dogs from the Zarkovica Animal Shelter.
Just past midnight on December 21, 2015, a group of individuals illegally and forcefully entered the Zarkovica Animal Shelter located in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
They proceeded to place longtime volunteer Ms. Sandra Sambrailo under detention - thereby violating her personal freedoms that are guaranteed by The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Following this forceful and illegal entry into the shelter, the said individuals then proceeded to steal a portion of dogs located therein (approximately 65 dogs) and had them sent in the middle of the night to various sites within Croatia where they will either face certain death or will illegally find their way to European Union countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
What is shocking about this brutal and illegal action is that it was approved by local Dubrovnik authorities who knowingly either participated in the operation and/or acquiesced by allowing it to take place.
Considering the high esteem that the citizens of Dubrovnik have for the Zarkovica Animal Shelter (a rarity of its kind in Croatia) and for Mrs. Sambrailo particularly, the operation garnered serious protests and media attention throughout Croatia and abroad.
Such was the pressure exerted upon the City of Dubrovnik that its Council ordered the return of all stolen dogs by resolution dated December 21, 2015.
As a citizen of the European Union, I am alarmed by the illegality of the above-mentioned operation, the role played by Dubrovnik authorities, the ease with which stolen dogs are able to be passed on as legal one's within the European Union, and particularly by the fact that none of the stolen animals have been returned to the Zarkovica Animal Shelter which has been in existence for 15 years and has successfully protected animals by taking them off the streets and caring for them until good homes could be found.
Dubrovnik and Croatia are among the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe.
Regrettably, the image and reputation of Dubrovnik has been seriously tarnished by the events of December 21, 2015.
As a citizen of the European Union, I cannot in good conscience stand aside and do nothing.
Consequently, I am hereby putting you on notice that should all 65 dogs not be returned to Ms. Sambrailo and the Zarkovica Animal Shelter by January 05, 2016, I shall exert the proper pressure upon my friends, my Government, and the European Union itself to make sure that the events of December 21, 2015 are well-known and I will urge everyone to re-think their summer holiday destinations.
Do govern yourself accordingly.