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The situation for Spain's hunting dogs does not change...the galgueros refuse to implement control of breeding and stopping abandonment at the end of hunting. Here Scooby writes.
'We offer a reward of 500€ to who can provide truthful information about the owner of this galgo found dead in Roales Del Pan (Zamora) and with the chip removed *.
And it is that the situation, far from being solved, is worsening year after year. The problem after each hunting season has been reported in recent years, but nothing has improved. In fact, we could say that the hunters are still abandoning and killing the same or more than before.
That is why we ask the citizens to co-operate and denounce those who commit these atrocities, and we are sure that in the local communities everyone knows who owns these animals which are found dead or abandoned.
We also call on the security forces to pay more attention to animal abuse because this type of act must not go unpunished.
Here is the latest newsletter from the Greyhound Initiative linked with Dr Guillermo Couto, who has done extensive research into galgos as well as greyhounds. On the subject of the greyhound with the allergy to dust mites etc in the house, we have tiled floors in our home in France and I would never ever return to living in a house with wall to wall carpeting, as we had in the UK. I have pads on the tiled floors which the dogs can sleep on, and vetbed, all of which can be washed regularly to get rid of the dust.
When we moved to France, my horse developed an allergy to dust mites - in the hay, stone stables,
bedding. I purchased a nebulizer to give him treatment - he was such a good boy standing with the equipment on - but in the end we moved house to a farm with over 6 hectares where he can live outside.
News from Scooby. 'At the end of February Fermin and Christina drove to Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, and saved there 44 galgos from a certain death. 30 From them came to the Scooby residencia in Valladolid. They are, very beautiful and elegant males but very scared, humiliated, abused, robbed of all their dignity, but alive. Broken, but not defeated. They will need time, understanding, patience and lots of love and fortunately, we have lots of all that and we will make you whole and proud again...!'
Here is the latest news from the Scooby Blog...makes sad reading that for all the work the shelters do, the over-breeding and mass abandonment of these majestic hounds does not stop.
In France where I live there are regularly held Salon du Chiot which are hug 'fairs' at which you can buy puppies and anything to do with dogs. These fairs should be banned. Please sign and share this petition, even if you don't live in France.
Sasu is another of the stunning black beauties dumped at the end of the hunting season and now safe with his friends in the Dogs of Portugal shelter. You can read about him and see more pix on this weblink. Contact Dogs of Portugal direct if you can offer him a forever home.
Although galgos in Portugal are not bred, used and abandoned in the number they are in Spain...it being a smaller country, they still suffer the same abuse as the Spanish ones. This stunning black beauty is one rescued by Dogs of Portugal. Read about Saaga on and if you would like to offer her a forever home, contact the association direct.
Some years ago I worked with a volunteer in Portugal to save a galgo family from a drunk and abusive household. We saved them all and Estrela came to me in foster and went to a forever home in the UK. This is the original story.
A volunteer with Yo Galgo reports. 'Yesterday we returned to the mass grave in Tarancón to take out the bodies of the galgos that, during years, have been thrown there, and to try to find evidence to persecute the perpetrators of this crime. The place, known as The Cut, has been used for more than 20 years to dump galgos no longer wanted by their owners. The volunteers recovered 25 bodies, but for safety reasons it was impossible to reach the deeper layers of the pit, where dozens of galgos were piled up.
At least two bodies I photographed last time I was there have disappeared. A clear indication that their owners, frightened by the repercussion of the news, have returned to remove the corpses of their dogs. This is interesting because the hunting society always claims that abandoned or killed dogs, are dogs that have been stolen, “as no galguero would treat their dog like that”. But no thief would return for the bodies of the dead dogs, that makes no sense. All points to the galgueros. Go to www.yo-galgo.com to know more. (click on Union Jack for English)