The latst update from Ines on the mama galga and pup in Portugal. It will break your heart.
'Today (Saturday) Estrela (as we named the galga) was forced to course again, and will be forced to race tomorrow (illegal gambling also takes place in this area). She lost 3 hares today so yet again suffered abuse by her owner. When she got back to town she was set loose by the man, and she ran straight to Teresa, who fed her and gave her some cuddles. Teresa learned today that the man was about to drown yet another pup, so Teresa went to collect him (pics attached).
We could really use some more puppy milk and lactating food for the mum, so if you can help us, that would be very helpful. Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
People have been racing hounds every Sunday and doping the animals (we still don't know what with). Last Sunday 2 dogs died on the track, vomiting and convulsing, and foaming in agony. Teresa was not allowed to get close by and the authorities ignored the denuncias she made for the guard to go there and stop it.
If you prefer to donate by having food delivered, please PM Ines on her Facebook page for details.
I am responsible for this case and I wrote the details you see above. If you follow the link to our group and see the "about" section, you'll see that there is no RSPCA in Portugal and protection laws are minimal. Denuncias never have a follow up, mainly cause the police has no authority to walk into private property to witness that the crime is taking place. They would need a court order, that never happens. This man had over 20 denuncias against him, and the only solution we could find was to keep on goods terms with him so we could at least retire the bitches (or they would be shot) and rescue the odd pup (or they will be drowned). If we could anything else to punish these people we would, or we wouldn't have to rely on internet appeals to help these dogs. So if you believe you can mend this better, do find us on Facebook to help us help.
It also helps us to know that you people care, it's hard not to give up.'