I have had the date of 9th October 2013 on my calendar for months, ever since Sandra Baas of Asociacion Baase Galgo announced that this would be the date of the court case against the galguero in Toledo who hung his galgos. 'Oh, I didn't know I shouldn't' he claimed!!
'October 9th, a court trial took place today at Juzgado n1 de lo Penal de Toledo for the man who murdered his two galgos by hanging. Two years ago, the corpses of the two young dogs (one was 22 months old, the other was 5 years old) were found in the Fuensalida, Toledo location. The dogs had been hung and killed.
One of the dogs had a microchip which identified their owner, who confessed to the massacre and told the judge that he was not aware that hanging his dogs was considered illegal and that he did so because they were deemed “ineffective” since they were not successful hunting dogs.
Given these facts, the court agreed to open the case in 2011. The Baas Galgo association personally has requested together with Sergio Garci-Valle, a lawyer who specializes in these types of cases, that the perpetrator receive at least 1 year of prison per dog as well as pay of over 6000 euros in fines.
It is felt that this is the case which will really make a difference and makes a statement to others about the plight of these dogs and the overall fight for animal rights.
The outcome is awaited with bated breath...