And another story of galgos and some other breeds found in appalling conditions. This is the story from Cuencanimal.
We request your assistance because, whilst looking for land to be able to finally build a refuge supported by several rescuer associations, we found a awful case. Some 27 dogs in a regrettable state, there are several deaths from malnutrition among the pups, and there are animals with mange, wounds, you cannot imagine….
We do not have a refuge, and that’s why we cannot assume this case alone. We took out 2 pups, one of them died because of weakness.
It's now nearing the end of August, soon the Spanish hunting season begins. And there are still galgos suffering and dying, abandoned at the end of the last hunting season.
Here is the story of one of them. It has taken me 2 days to be able to post this story, I was so sickened at the suffering of Cielo and felt for the emotional and physical draining which the volunteers who rescued her must have suffered too.
In the Spring of 2009 on the island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean, the greyhound racing stadium was closed down, and 175 greyhounds were let loose to survive as best they could. Galgo News ran the story. This is a video of their story and their happy endings in forever homes.
One of the things which really sickens me and also makes me exceedingly angry is the abandonment of animals - everywhere. I receive many emails containing appeals for help for abandoned animals, or mass cullings of stray dogs or wild mustangs. The reason there are so many unwanted animals is because of MAN, as in human. If there were not people like breeders of animals, dog and horse shows, circuses - to name just a few - there would not be the need for refuges and rescue associations.
This is yet another example of irresponsibility and lack of care - a galga abandoned on the streets of Cordoba, prey to any dog which scents her when she comes into season. The result, she is still wandering the streets of Cordoba, heavily pregnant and about to give birth to yet more unwanted dogs.
This is the latest picture of Podenca Mary, rescued from a petrol station by Charl. Here she is, sharing a chair with Charl's daughter and younger son. Apparently Mary would not leave the chair without them! If you can donate towards the cost of the veterinary fees, or offer Mary a forever home, contact Charl, 112 Carlota Galgos. Mary does not have a UK passport.
Mary has now been bathed, wormed, flea treatment, ticks removed, and taken to the vet - age estimated just 5-6 months old. See how tiny she is, sitting next to the laundry basket! Not surprisingly, she has no microchip. She has tested negative for leishmania, just waiting for the results for ehrlichia and filaria. These should be back in a couple of days, and then she will be vaccinated etc. Once this has been done, she will go to the kennels with Dana.
A picture of sheer unadulterated terror in the eyes of this little dog! Charl del Rio found her at a petrol station, lost, terrified, hungry. She managed to catch her, called her Mary as she is like a little lamb, and now tells the story.
'I went to visit the galgo Charlie after his castration, and on the way home I stopped at the petrol station in Alhaurin, where I found this little lost soul, a baby podenco which looks like a little fox, COVERED in pinchy thorns... it was late, I got to the petrol station and thought ill put petrol in the car. I stopped walking and she came up behind me. At a distance I thought she was older than she was, but I then could see she was just a baby.
Yet another story about a podenco! This time it is about mine, little Bebe, my Podenca Andaluz, rescued injured from a Seville motorway 2 1/2 years ago. My vet operated on her injured leg, and now Bebe is the fastest Pod on 4 legs!! I haven't been able to train her to come to me when she is outside of the house, the vet thought she was about 5 or 6 when rescued, so probably too old to train. So when we walk the dogs, Bebe is on a harness and long lead, and then on a long tether on a long line when in the courtyard with the other dogs. Our courtyard is enclosed for galgos and Podenco Canarios and Ibicencos, but not the miniatures. We have to leave one or two small escape routes for our cat, in case she ventures into the courtyard when the dogs are loose.
Does this break your heart or what? To see a beautiful affectionate loving galgo in this state! Luckily Pro-Galgo has come to his rescue. You can read his story and that of another galgo, plus a little Yorkie (whose owner died) on their website.
Pro-Galgo still has 5 of the 28 Jerez galgos in kennels, which costs, and now they have vet bills for these three dogs. They are out of funds. Please, if you can contribute towards any of these costs - 700 euros will cover the fees for microchipping, vaccination, castration - and a dental job on the Yorkie - donate through their website. However small the amount - even £10 or $10 or 10 euros - it will be greatly appreciated.