A Podgorica, Montenegro midwife and animal advocate is facing jail time for feeding stray dogs in her area. While this is a ‘dog story,’ I wanted to write on it because people caring for stray and feral cats tend to face the same situation when someone in authority disapproves of their good deeds.
Last year, Indira Lajko was voted one of the best midwives in her country. She was recently convicted by the courts for feeding and watering dogs who live on the streets. Indira, 60, has tended to the dogs for more than 20 years in Pljevija, northern Montenegro.
Indira has been ordered to pay a 150-euro fine ($169) by December 29 or she’ll go to jail. The fine equals 40 percent of her salary and is the latest blow in a battle she’s waged against local authorities for the past ten years.
In an interview with VOA News Indira stated
“I have no money to pay the fine. Half of my salary goes for loans taken to pay various fines to local courts for my care of stray dogs. Sometimes I’m hungry but my hunting dog Srecko always has meat and abandoned animal food.”
The founder of Right to Life animal rights group in Pljevija, Indira is well known in the area. It’s a shame her love of animals has threatened her freedom.
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