Dog rescue mission

Dog rescue charity

A kind-hearted man is on a mission to save more than 450 dogs from being put down this Christmas.

Sasha Pesic, 45, has spent the last six years rescuing stray pups from the streets without any financial support.

He said: “It all began when I found four puppies beside the road and took them in – someone had thrown them out like they were garbage.

“As time went by the numbers increased until I ended up with more than 470 dogs – If I didn’t take them in, they would die.”

Mr Pesic, of Niš in Serbia, has been keeping the pack of pups at a nearby disused horse-riding club for years, but now the landowner has served him an eviction notice.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the eviction notice. Without the land, they would have to kill my dogs. I couldn’t let that happen.”

In desperate need of help Mr Pesic turned to volunteer-led charity ‘Serbia’s Forgotten Paws’ for advice.

The UK charity, which helps to improve the welfare of stray animals in Serbia, set up a social media campaign called ‘Save Sasha’s Dogs’.

Jovana Ivastanin, 28, who runs the charity, said: “We’re simply blown away by the response. We’ve had thousands of people all over the world sending us #savesashasdogs photos, and more than 150,000 petition signatures.

Miss Ivastanin, of London, says it was extraordinary to see people unite for such a wonderful cause.

She said: “If people didn’t get involved – the dogs would be evicted tomorrow and sentenced to death.”

So far the the campaign has been successful enough to secure the land until next summer, giving him and his volunteers enough time to make permanent plans for the pups.

He said: “I now have high hopes for the future and welfare of these dogs. I’m so grateful for everyone’s support – without them it wouldn’t of been possible to save these souls.”

If you want to find out how you can help with the campaign, visit: https://www.facebook.com/serbiasforgottenpawspage

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