Petra Postma is a photographer and also a member of the team of Asociacion Baasgalgo who goes into the perreras to rescue galgos. Here are her heartfelt words from a recent visit.
If only I could use a pencil the way I can use my camera.
I would use a black pencil to show you the images I have seen, to draw the despair, the sadness and pain we witnessed.
I would draw you the image of a beautiful brindle boy, handed in by his galguero in a place he will likely not leave alive.
I would draw every rib, outlined because of a life without food.
I would draw how he was standing in his corner, since the one blanket in his kennel was taken by the other galgos, who were also too tired to stay upright.
I would draw the sores on his legs that made it too painful for him to lie down on the concrete floor.
I would draw his eyes, that were closing down every few seconds while he was leaning into this wall, falling asleep while standing up.
I would draw you the the tears that were going down my face knowing he was one of the ones we had to leave behind...'
'She was huddled up in the corner of the perrera, trying to get some body warmth of the other galgos, too weak to get to the food. This is the state she was brought in by a registered hunter in the Toledo area. She has a micro chip. Which is the only reason her owner handed her off at the perrera, otherwise she would have just disappeared.
The people at the perrera don't have the funds or time to do more then providing them with food and hope an organization will come by and take them.'
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