Kate lives in Spain and contacted me for help with a dog she had rescued. Animals have been an important part of her life. She is now dying. Why? She was prescribed a quinolone antibiotic. This story is a health warning about Quinolone antibiotics. This happened to Kate, it could happen to you.
Vivienne Wharton of ACTIN was recently interviewed for Wild Time Radio and you can listen to it here. The interviewer is not the best in the world (I'm an ex BBC radio presenter and I can tell you he wouldn't last long there!) But Vivienne does manage to get over a lot of important points to draw attention to the terrible dog abandonment in Murcia and animal cruelty in general.
This is a sickeningly tragic story which was been published on Save the Galgo on Facebook. Tom Brown has sent it to me to share with those of you who have not read it. Apologies to Tom, as it got lost in all the posts.
'Pasha – The bitter sweet story of a Galgo in Spain
We came to Spain over 7 years ago and built a house and studio in the mountains of the Costa Blanca. Our ancient whippet lurcher Bill came with us and lived in our shed while we built the house. We decided to give a home to a Spanish galgo, so the timid but very beautiful Mia joined us in our first year. Old Bill made 16 years and actually made it into the new house and claimed his spot. When he died we took on another Galgo Pasha who already came with an interesting and checkered history.
People say the figure of 50,000 galgos abandoned every year is exaggerated - usually it's the hunters who say so, of course, as they don't want the bad press. Vera of Galgos en Familia, Malaga province in southern Andalucia says, 'Co-inciding with the end of the hunting season at this time of year, more than 5.000 galgos are abandoned by hunters in our province.
It is estimated that 1,500 galgos are collected each year from the streets of Malaga province and the majority of these from the valley of Antequera, where they are used as tools to capture hares,a hunting activity that is banned in other european countries but is still very much allowed here in Spain.