Representatives of Sofia El Refugio Escuela in Seville took part in the manifestation there on 25th March 2011. They took along with them Luz, victim of horrendous abuse at the hands of a galguero, who is now in foster receiving the love and care he needs to rebuild his life and his health. Here's her story, in their words.
'What we cannot express is the rage, even hatred for the man who did this. All this poor dog could see was blood and death. Pulled by a 4 x 4 transforming nature into a death camp. Galguero, what a terrible word.
You lie! Invent! You always say the same, just a galgo! Come, come here and tell us now. Here at the veterinary clinic in which Luz is admitted, screaming in pain and agitated, shaking while we try to make her better. And while we watch and work, Luz is torn between pain and fear, and we swallow our tears.
The paradox is that they, the galgueros, will continue to receive public subsidies while we do not know how to pay veterinary bills, for Luz, Faun - the galgo who had to undergo emergency surgery for a shattered leg, the galgo Sandro, with a twisted spleen as a result of fierce training; he must be operated on again. And all those many other dogs tortured, abandoned, exploited by bad galgueros. Tell us something, anything to help us continue and find a light in so much darkness.
We are overwhelmed and more. We prayed our for little galgo, crying in pain, would find the strength of mind and courage to succeed. And she did!
Luz has finally left the clinic and although she still has months of recovery, healing and medication, is a happy galgo, runs, jump and play! (And steals all the clothes and shoes from her carers ... ahem ...)
Last Friday Luz came with us to the demonstration against animal abuse in Seville and she could feel in every kiss, every hug, everyone's love.
With Luz we have recovered hope that there's more good people than the bad galgueros, there are many more people with hearts, unlike the galgueros, there are much more generous people who don't like the galgueros. We'll get there, sure, one day soon the world will be ashamed of galgueros and banish that horrible word dictionary and erase the memory.
In the meantime we will follow, struggling with the soul and guts for each light, per Fauno or per Sandro. Because with all you people supporting us, everything is much easier. Because together, we can! Let's banish the galgueros, far away, ceasing to see even his shadow!
And here are more photos of Luz the day she arrived at the clinic, the day she left the clinic and in her foster home