Look carefully at Polo; he was found on 28th April 2010 wandering the streets of a town near Seville. Look carefully at his neck! He is a survivor of hanging! For whatever sickening, senseless, stupid reason, this poor galgo had been hung. Presumably his weight broke the line, or he would be dead by now. I cannot believe people walked on by and ignored this poor dog!
Galgos112 tell the story of his rescue.
His neck wound was open, the rope embedded in it, whilst people walked by and ignored him. Luckily Marcos caught him and moved heaven and earth to get save this dog. He contacted Galgos112 for help, loaded Polo into his car and drove more than 40km to our veterinarian. Within hours we were there, Marcos and his friends with Polo and Galgos112.
The wound was cleaned, Polo treated with serum, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication and much love.
We cannot understand why he was not dead; if he had not broken free, he would have died from the infection in his wound. But he now has a second chance of life, thanks to Marcos.
Polo is not out of danger yet, the wound is deep, almost 4 fingers, and there is a high risk of infection. Nor do we know if the damaged muscles and tendons will regenerate. The important thing now is to keep him alive, without pain, sleeping, eating, relaxing, and alive.
We shudder to think of how many Polos we are unable to save, because no one sees them. And those that say there is no hanging of galgos in Spain lie, and lie more because they will not address this subject. Those who could take action lie, because they continue to subsidise and protect hunting with galgos, and therefore permit galgueros to hang their dogs.
The galgueros say ‘we have never seen a galgo like this’. Strange! And still ordinary people, going to and from work, turn aside from galgos like Polo, half dead on the street.
Something is not right in Spain when this happens so often.
We know many of you follow us and know that many galgos are destroyed by their owners, or abandoned to their fate.
And still there are stories in newspapers and magazines which insist this is not true, that the cases reported are few and only isolated cases. We say ‘yes, they are isolated cases, thousands of isolated cases!’
What gives us hope is that we still find people who want to know the truth, that want this horror to end, so that there will never be abandoned dogs everywhere.
Thanks to everyone who helped Polo, especially Marcos, for being the only person who wanted to help Polo, to Nuria at the Simon Green Clinic – she is always ready to help Galgos112 in Seville, and to galgos Marite and Paqui who are comforting Polo so that he too can have the future they all deserve.
Click here to see all photos of rescue and intervention of Polo. Please note, these images may distress you.