Regular readers will remember the story of Estrela, the galga in Portugal, starving, sick with pneumonia, feeding 3 puppies. Teresa Sousa and her team eventually persuaded the hunter to let them have Estrela and the pups, who regained their health and adopted. Estrela found a wonderful forever home in the UK.
Now the hunter has given Teresa Estrela's brother who they have named Duke. Duke too is sick and traumatised. Since rescuing him, Teresa has had more dogs dumped on her and so they do not have the space nor the time to give Duke the time and space needed to heal him. Ines explains his story and their appeal for him.
Since finding Duke we have had 5 more dogs being dumped on teresa's doorstep, and are desperately out of space to house the animals. Duke had to be put in an improvised shelter with a quiet girl, as he is extremely fearful and will not allow anyone even getting close to him.
We have not got the right conditions to rehabilitate such a traumatised dog, nor funds to give him what he needs.
For those of you that remember Estrela, the galga rescued last Christmas, she left behind her son, partner and younger brother at the hands of her evil owner. There was nothing we could do legally except negotiate with her owner eventually handing in all the dogs. At the time we took Estrela and 3 of her pups, in the hope we could come back for more.
2 days ago her previous owner said he was willing to hand in Estrela's brother, who we named Duke. Here in the photo he is still at this horrible man's place, he has since been rescued and taken to the vet. Duke is suffering from pneumonia and severe diarrhoea and is now on antibiotics. More photos to follow shortly, please bare with us. Not much, but a small victory for these poor galgos...
UPDATE 12/10/13: Duke has recovered from diarrhoea and is still being medicated for pneumonia. He is extremely fearful and will not allow anyone to approach him, not even lure him with food. Duke has a sponsor and will hopefully recover soon and be up for adoption.
In the meantime he desperately needs a foster home who can give him the time and space to recover from his previous life, to begin to trust people, to realise that there is an alternative life to the harsh one from which he has come.
If you can offer such a place to Duke, please get in touch with Portugal Dog Rescue urgently.
The refuge also desperately needs funds to feed all the dogs and for vet bills. Paypal on this link, every little helps.