In the eyes of a galgo you can always see a hint of sadness, left over from something that will never be completely healed, the legacy of a suffering which has no release. Carried with dignity, but deep nevertheless.
In the eyes of a galgo you can see the request for food, affection, love, for a safe place where he can let himself go, where he can rest without the terror of waking up in hell.
In the eyes of a galgo you can see absolute devotion which never becomes servile, a proud gaze that scans the horizon, a hymn to freedom.
In the eyes of a galgo you can see the crafty and slightly cunning air of someone who has learned that man will beat you down if you seem too cocky.
Below is an English translation of this sad story. Warning, upsetting pictures.
The remains of nearly 30 dogs have appeared in a mass grave in Tarancón. Most of them are galgos. Because of the advanced state of decomposition found in some of them SEPRONA suspect that this pit has been in use for years.
"Very likely some of the animals have been thrown down alive, as the place where they have been thrown into it is completely impossible to be able to get out of there, so they are condemned to die of hunger and thirst." Is what sustains from Left Unit Tarancón Councilwoman Carolina King, who has denounced this finding together with the protection of animals Home of Peace.
It would be a common grave with bodies of dogs, some found in bags. According to Carolina King, some animals exhibited a more recent death and older ones.
The Seprona is investigating who or those who are responsible for this macabre finding. Some of these animals have their own chip so it is easy to identify them and to their owners", explained the councilman. In fact, these homeowners would have gone a few months ago to the protective Home of Peace for to be in charge of the animals.
One Galgo out. 9 new ones in, here are some of them.
These Galgos are in Paraiso Pound Churriana, Malaga. Please note that no information regarding their previous backgrounds can be divulged due to the Data Protection Act. But they will have been handed in to the pound because they are no longer useful, or required. Please share so we can get them out and into the loving homes they deserve. If you can help, please contact Ann's Canine Care.
Gemma's road to recovery has begun at Tia Rescue. Many people are asking how they can help and feel bemused, sad and angry. In less than 20 hrs Gemma's post reached over 168.000 people. Thank you for sharing. We had over 9,210 positive reactions plus so many words of support. We had 4 negative responses, four people said Ha Ha. So we say to them, hang your heads in shame.
We intend keeping everybody updated with a blog on Gemma and her recovery, let's get her strong and well then a forever home. She deserves that...The facts are to help Gemma and all the Greyhounds at Tia Rescue we need cash, money. Our vet bills run into tens of thousands and we never stop caring. Please click the link and make a donation. better still set up a standing order for Gemma and all the Greyhounds care at Tia.
Here is a photo of her nipping for a wee in her new cozy fleece.
This poor soul was found in a Leeds park in the cold and wet, tied to a tree. She is now safe with Tia Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue in Yorkshire. Here's her story.
'This petrified mess isn't in any notorious offshore hellhole. She is in Yorkshire.
NK PAJ is tattooed, micro-chipped and was found tied to a tree in Middleton Woods in this weather. Her brother and sister are still running at Sheffield and Monmore but this little scrap wasn't fast enough to merit the cost of running on the main circuit under GBGB rules. Had she done so Gemma would have qualified for a place in an official re-homing scheme? Consequently, she doesn't exist within the racing world and the independent rescues have to break her and her kind's fall on its behalf.
In some ways, she is a typical example of the dogs who fall into this forgotten category. Untraceable as far as the UK goes, we know she ran at Derry and spent some time coursing in Ireland. We can only speculate how she ended up in this condition in a Leeds park. Every rescue has a few of these dogs, they have no protection from the industry they were bred for (such as it is) and therefore are the most likely to fall among thieves. Tia alone has about fifteen in the kennel block right now, though thankfully not in this condition.
I've copied this from a post on my Save the Galgo facebook page. It is written by a member of Fundacion Benjamin Mehnert. You can read my comment about it at the end.
The silent tragedy of the Spanish galgos - the current situation
Written by Gisela Mehnert, Fundación Benjamin Mehnert (FBM)
The fate of the Spanish galgos and also podencos seems to be of no interest to anyone, at least on the Only in this way can it be explained that in recent years, in which the fate of these two races receives more attention than ever before, there is no improvement in the situation This means that during the hunting season (October to the end of January in Andalusia) an unchanged high number of dogs is found in poor condition and Spain is the only eu country where hunting with galgos and podencos is still permitted.
This story is beyond belief...what scumbag sub-human could hang a pregnant galga? Somehow she got loose...here's her story. Scooby to the rescue, please help.
'Protectora y Santuario Scooby - 2nd February 2018
Pregnant, with a deep wound in her neck and lying on the road, asking for help... That's how this galga has been found in Valladolid, in a place where it's usual to see abandoned galgos hit by cars day after day... We think they tried to hang her; we don't want to imagine all her suffering until she was rescued.
She is now in a clinic. Apart from the big wound, her trachea was perforated and she has needed a surgery to remove her puppies. We hope she recovers completely and finds the decent and happy life she, and all galgos, deserve.
We have to finish with this brutality. And we need the citizens help; it's impossible that nobody sees anything.We don't have to be afraid, we must denounce the abusers. #StopGalgueros
This is the text of a presentation I made at the PAES International Conference on Animal Welfare in October 2016.
Let’s look at estimated ANNUAL figures for uncontrolled breeding of galgos and podencos.
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 Jim photographed the olive trees, most of which had a dead galgo hanging from them, which made headlines in the paper.
In 2009 SOS Galgos (Barcelona) claimed on their website that 160 galgos were abandoned every day.