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This is a message for dog breeders - you contribute to the over-population of dogs and the mass killing of dogs as a result. This especially is for the galguers and cazadores who overbreed galgos and podencos and to everyone else in Europe who breeds galgos and podencos. TIME TO STOP BREEDING THESE HOUNDS!
I was going through some old photos (before my time of digital ones!) and found a couple of photos of my first greyhound Molly. Back in 1994 when people didn't adopt greyhounds and Greyhounds in Need was in its infancy, a stray greyhound turned up at our home in Suffolk, UK. She had a tattoo in one ear and so I contacted the Greyhound Stud Book to see if we could identify her origins.. We were unsuccessful, although they could tell me that from the letter X in the tattoo that she had been born/registered in 1987.
Molly became a much loved pet, a very popular PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog and as you can see from one photo, she lived happily with our cats - here's Tabitha stepping out beside her - and we had her for another 7 years before ill health finally took its toll.
And it's thanks to Molly that my journey into the world of galgos and podencos began.
Can you imagine the bad luck this poor boy has had in his 2 year life?! Angie Robinson tells his story.
'This is POST. We've seen him before in the Valencia perrera municipal..... He was found wandering last year and picked up by the dog catchers, and then later retrieved by the owner. He was found again, last week, wandering alone with a broken chain still around his neck where he had broken free. We understand that he was kept on a plot of land chained up, living outside. This time, the owner has signed him over with permission to sacrifice. POST is CESE - this means that when a kill list is drawn up, the CESE dogs that are entered by owner will be at the top of the sacrifice list.
This is a story about galga Renata, but it could be about thousands of galgos in Spain.
Last winter she was found in agony with a cord around her neck. Luckily volunteers of Fondation Benjamin Mehnert in Seville took her in and, with the help of their vet, she was nursed back to health. She was taken by the French association Levriers sans Frontiere (Galgos without Borders) into foster, and the family very quickly decided to adopt her!
All year LSF work to help the galgos but so many of them end up in perreras, in misery, with little water and food, the symbol of their suffering, in silence, anonymous...
A report on 2 more of the speakers at the PAES International Conference in Murcia in October 2015.
Pedro José Moratalla Moratalla has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering. He is involved in environmental and animal welfare issues, issues on which he has received training over time and has continually joined different national and international volunteering programmes.
Pedro joined the Local Police of Castellón de la Plana in September 1997 and since then he has developed different positions at the Police Units of Traffic, Public Safety and Emergency Service. In 2012 he presented a draft project proposal to set up a specialised unit on environmental and animal welfare issues which was approved. The new unit, initially called Blue Patrol (now UPROMA – Environmental & Animal Welfare Protection Unit), under Pedro’s management, started working at the very beginning of January 2013 and he remains at its head today.
This is a story which could happen to any of us. Lynn Pauloudros does a lot of work helping galgos and podencos from her home in France. She now finds herself - through no fault of her own nor that of her galga - with a huge vet bill. She is running an auction on facebook to raise funds to pay for the treatment for her galga, but I am appealing here for help for her too. Please, if you can help, donate to her here.
Lynn explains. 'I rescued Kira from Olivenza perrera, she is about 7-8 years old. She had to be operated on when I got her in 2014 because she had been shot with a shotgun and the wound never healed. There was a pocked of pus under her muscles and half her tail had to be amputated. She also only has 3 toes on a front foot.
Horrendous storms battering Andalucia this week, including Pepis Dog Refuge. These are the latest arrivals at the gate, Jane Brian tells the story.
'1/11/2015 - This may be an unusual combination but these two seemed to have teamed up together to keep each other warm due to the heavy rain and thunderstorms we had last night, it was one hell of a storm. We found them soaked and looking very sad and gave no resistance to being helped. Both females and so lovely. Drove them back to the refuge, dried them off and gave them a meal. They are now in a pen with soft bedding to warm them, safe and cosy from the rest of the bad weather we have forecast.
Dr Nuria Querol i Vinas spoke at the PAES conference on the subject of Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence and often it can also be linked with psychological problems too - abusers will maltreat those weaker than themselves. Abusers may use animals as a lever in situations where a woman (and children) have escaped him (it's usually a man in Spain) and they are threatened - if you don't return, I will kill your dog/cat.
For my talk at the PAES Conference in Murcia in October 2015, I presented estimated annual figures regarding the uncontrolled overbreeding of galgos. These figures are conservative and they are by no means to be taken as firm; it is quite likely that the numbers are even greater.
Back in the early 1990’s, a friend of mine who was a Daily Mail staff photographer, was visiting the Castile-la Mancha province. His guide walked him into an olive grove where he photographed the olive trees, most of which had a dead galgo hanging from them, which made headlines in the paper.