Ann Marie Payne of SOS Animals, Malaga, took part in the Day of the Galgo March there on Sunday 4th February. Here is her report.
'Well we finally got to the march In Malaga, but not without incident I might add. First of all I was late (as usual) picking JacquiRoss up, but we arrived safely in the centre of Malaga. Neither of us knew where we were going, so it was like the blind leading the blind. Roadworks everywhere and diversions. We wanted to go right and the signs said go left Grrrr.
Eventually we stopped at some traffic lights, and there to our left was the march, but we couldn't see anywhere to park. So we had to head straight on. We were nearly back on the motorway before we could turn round again, miles out of our way. I think we passed the North Pole. Heading back I said to Jacqui, I know a great place to park, which I found, took me ages to get in it, and then she said " I think we're miles away" (God help me). So I did what you shouldn't do in the centre of Malaga, a U turn. Back on the main road towards the marina we saw a parking sign. Any port in a storm will do, but we wanted to be at the port!!! So we parked up and started walking.
This story is beyond belief...what scumbag sub-human could hang a pregnant galga? Somehow she got loose...here's her story. Scooby to the rescue, please help.
'Protectora y Santuario Scooby - 2nd February 2018
Pregnant, with a deep wound in her neck and lying on the road, asking for help... That's how this galga has been found in Valladolid, in a place where it's usual to see abandoned galgos hit by cars day after day... We think they tried to hang her; we don't want to imagine all her suffering until she was rescued.
She is now in a clinic. Apart from the big wound, her trachea was perforated and she has needed a surgery to remove her puppies. We hope she recovers completely and finds the decent and happy life she, and all galgos, deserve.
We have to finish with this brutality. And we need the citizens help; it's impossible that nobody sees anything.We don't have to be afraid, we must denounce the abusers. #StopGalgueros
This is the text of a presentation I made at the PAES International Conference on Animal Welfare in October 2016.
Let’s look at estimated ANNUAL figures for uncontrolled breeding of galgos and podencos.
Back in the early 1990’s, a friend of mine who was a Daily Mail staff photographer, was visiting the Castile-la Mancha province. His guide walked him into an olive grove where Jim photographed the olive trees, most of which had a dead galgo hanging from them, which made headlines in the paper.
In 2009 SOS Galgos (Barcelona) claimed on their website that 160 galgos were abandoned every day.
'A few hours ago, we talked about how the puppies act when we rescue them, they tend to be gentle and they trust themselves... but it's not always like that. Sometimes we see the deepest sorrow in a little face that should only "smile" with a curious look.
We just found this little disoriented two-and-a-Half-Month-old baby on the streets of a slum. There is no more sadness in such a small body... it is tiny, malnutrition is palpable in every bony of her body.
We love her with all the love that wakes us up a little girl so tiny and so confused... to try to make her understand that everything happened and that we will give her all the love she deserves and give her a family that will never make her feel lonely and scared as she was so far.
Chusa, welcome to black greyhound. You don't know, but we love you madly.
We take you home, it's a little cold here.