These are some of the lucky galgos, brought out of Spain this weekend to their forever homes in France. One had been rescued from a perrera, covered in wounds, but there is no doubt that her personality and confidence will blossom within a few weeks.
This is one of the not so lucky ones. Rescued from hanging, she had been in the refuge near Cordoba only 2 weeks when I visited at the beginning of June. She was terrified, a walking skeleton, bearing the horrendous burn marks from the cord around her neck. We arranged for her EU passport, with microchip and vaccinations in place, to be done as soon as possible.
The team went back to collect her last week. Everyone is heartbroken. The gypsies have broken into the refuge and stolen her and 3 other galgos.................one cannot imagine the sheer terror which this poor galgo must feel, back to a life of hell.
Theft of galgos is a BIG problem again now. Hunting in Spain begins in September. The refuges are located in the middle of nowhere,(spot the refuge in this prairie of poppies) unattended at night. The gypsies set up camp nearby and watch.....and wait their moment.....over the wall, grab the galgos and away.........they hide them in holes in the ground, tied to walls in alleyways, shut in a derelict building................breed from them, sell them...........
The wonderful volunteers working in the refuges and for associations deal with this nightmare every year. We all need to support them and support the many calls to sign petitions calling for a law in Spain to protect these beautiful long-suffering dogs.