You will remember the appeal to save the Cuenca refuge being changed back into a perrera. Scooby have taken 27 galgos from there. They arrived on January 10th.
Cristina and Simonetta, an Italian volunteer, left at 6 in the morning to get the dogs to Scooby. So it was a double women power transport and it worked very well!
We hope we can soon release them into a new life as beloved pets and we count on you to make our hope become reality! See the video. They need money for food, vet fees and, of course, homes! http://www.scoobymedina.org
We all know that most galgueros, especially in rural areas, will stop at nothing to dispose of their dogs, especially at the end of hunting. Galgos del Sol and Tina Solera have just taken in two young galgas, Tina tells the story.
'We help alot of galgueros in this area...... I am so bloody disapointed with this, I can't tell you. We have spoken with some galgueros and they believe for sure these two young galgas were stolen and the thieves did not want them to get back home. That is why galgueros build BUNKERS to prevent theft. Pistolero was stolen from a galguero here in our village two years ago... he was also found over 4 hrs away down in a deep well. These two young galgas were thrown in a well 30 meters deep and pulled out approx a couple of days ago by firemen.
These skeletal galgos with bad skin problems have appeared in Madrasa, a suburb of Seville, they have wounds on their bodies, two have broken tails and one has problems on a back leg. They are in an area where hunters often abandon their dogs, now hunting is drawing to a close.
The podencos are also in Madrasa. One podenco is injured, weighs about 10kg, and 5 babies. They are in an area of orange trees. The male podenco has not been seen for a week.
Please can anyone take them in, help us with them?
Viv Wharton, founder of ACTIN, has been organising monthly dog walks in Cartagena where she lives. These are aimed at publicising the need for sterilisation of dogs and cats. You can read about the walks here. Viv would like anyone living in Spain to consider organising a similar walk to get in touch with her. The more publicity, the better. Contact her through the website.
Not all galgueros are complete bastards - like the one who deliberately left galga Gala with two broken legs out in the campo in Andalucia - to starve to death in great pain. Manolo was left with Scooby Residencia Valladolid. Here Cobie tells his tale.
MANOLO was left behind in the residencia because he was 'no good for hunting', said the galguero. I´m sure the galguero was no good for the dog because every galgo is a champion! Manolo is very lucky because now he can start a better and happy life with a caring family who will love him dearly because he is young, 2 and a half years old, very handsome, playful, super sweet and nice, has no fear and loves all other dogs and, even more, loves people. For adoption, contact Scooby
Two pieces of news, which came up whilst I was stuck in the UK with hardly any computer contact.
Gala is a beautiful young galga found in a field in Andalucia with two deliberately badly broken legs - the left front and the left back - so she could not possibly get up and walk anywhere. Left by some bastard Spanish hunter to die a long and lingering and painful death. Luckily she was discovered and El Amparo took her to their vet where their vet operated on her to pin her legs back together again. Here are some before photos, and an incredible after video where she is walking with her legs splinted.