Podenco Friends takes podencos but they will not turn their back if a situation arises for galgos from a local galguero. Here Bev Farmer comments on these 5 they took in.
'The five galgos handed over from the galgueo have quickly adapted to a new routine and apart from Halcon who is still a little nervy they are all comfortable with people. Although they didn’t live a life of luxury from where they came from, credit due to their owner for handing over these dogs in reasonable condition, apart from Cameron who needed surgery to remove a couple of lumps. These 5 galgos are very fortunate they will never know the fear of been handed into a perrera or at risk on the road getting badly injured.
For these five lucky ones, there are thousands more whose fate will be very different. Daily reports coming from rescues of galgos found severely injured from road traffic accidents, just left to die or needing life saving surgery at significant cost, not to mention a long recovery period.
In the eyes of a galgo you can always see a hint of sadness, left over from something that will never be completely healed, the legacy of a suffering which has no release. Carried with dignity, but deep nevertheless.
In the eyes of a galgo you can see the request for food, affection, love, for a safe place where he can let himself go, where he can rest without the terror of waking up in hell.
In the eyes of a galgo you can see absolute devotion which never becomes servile, a proud gaze that scans the horizon, a hymn to freedom.
In the eyes of a galgo you can see the crafty and slightly cunning air of someone who has learned that man will beat you down if you seem too cocky.
Below is an English translation of this sad story. Warning, upsetting pictures.
The remains of nearly 30 dogs have appeared in a mass grave in Tarancón. Most of them are galgos. Because of the advanced state of decomposition found in some of them SEPRONA suspect that this pit has been in use for years.
"Very likely some of the animals have been thrown down alive, as the place where they have been thrown into it is completely impossible to be able to get out of there, so they are condemned to die of hunger and thirst." Is what sustains from Left Unit Tarancón Councilwoman Carolina King, who has denounced this finding together with the protection of animals Home of Peace.
It would be a common grave with bodies of dogs, some found in bags. According to Carolina King, some animals exhibited a more recent death and older ones.
The Seprona is investigating who or those who are responsible for this macabre finding. Some of these animals have their own chip so it is easy to identify them and to their owners", explained the councilman. In fact, these homeowners would have gone a few months ago to the protective Home of Peace for to be in charge of the animals.
One Galgo out. 9 new ones in, here are some of them.
These Galgos are in Paraiso Pound Churriana, Malaga. Please note that no information regarding their previous backgrounds can be divulged due to the Data Protection Act. But they will have been handed in to the pound because they are no longer useful, or required. Please share so we can get them out and into the loving homes they deserve. If you can help, please contact Ann's Canine Care.
Gemma's road to recovery has begun at Tia Rescue. Many people are asking how they can help and feel bemused, sad and angry. In less than 20 hrs Gemma's post reached over 168.000 people. Thank you for sharing. We had over 9,210 positive reactions plus so many words of support. We had 4 negative responses, four people said Ha Ha. So we say to them, hang your heads in shame.
We intend keeping everybody updated with a blog on Gemma and her recovery, let's get her strong and well then a forever home. She deserves that...The facts are to help Gemma and all the Greyhounds at Tia Rescue we need cash, money. Our vet bills run into tens of thousands and we never stop caring. Please click the link and make a donation. better still set up a standing order for Gemma and all the Greyhounds care at Tia.
Here is a photo of her nipping for a wee in her new cozy fleece.
This poor soul was found in a Leeds park in the cold and wet, tied to a tree. She is now safe with Tia Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue in Yorkshire. Here's her story.
'This petrified mess isn't in any notorious offshore hellhole. She is in Yorkshire.
NK PAJ is tattooed, micro-chipped and was found tied to a tree in Middleton Woods in this weather. Her brother and sister are still running at Sheffield and Monmore but this little scrap wasn't fast enough to merit the cost of running on the main circuit under GBGB rules. Had she done so Gemma would have qualified for a place in an official re-homing scheme? Consequently, she doesn't exist within the racing world and the independent rescues have to break her and her kind's fall on its behalf.
In some ways, she is a typical example of the dogs who fall into this forgotten category. Untraceable as far as the UK goes, we know she ran at Derry and spent some time coursing in Ireland. We can only speculate how she ended up in this condition in a Leeds park. Every rescue has a few of these dogs, they have no protection from the industry they were bred for (such as it is) and therefore are the most likely to fall among thieves. Tia alone has about fifteen in the kennel block right now, though thankfully not in this condition.
I've copied this from a post on my Save the Galgo facebook page. It is written by a member of Fundacion Benjamin Mehnert. You can read my comment about it at the end.
The silent tragedy of the Spanish galgos - the current situation
Written by Gisela Mehnert, Fundación Benjamin Mehnert (FBM)
The fate of the Spanish galgos and also podencos seems to be of no interest to anyone, at least on the Only in this way can it be explained that in recent years, in which the fate of these two races receives more attention than ever before, there is no improvement in the situation This means that during the hunting season (October to the end of January in Andalusia) an unchanged high number of dogs is found in poor condition and Spain is the only eu country where hunting with galgos and podencos is still permitted.