Well, it’s been a day of surprises.... and not really very good ones at that! As you all know Arkos went in for what we thought was his surgery on his damaged hock. But, before going ahead, the Specialist decided he needed his own, more definitive X-rays of the the whole leg and... low and behold...a further, even older serious injury was discovered. So, in addition to the injury to the hock, this poor long suffering dog has also suffered a cruciate ligament injury (we don’t know when). This really needs to be done before the fractured Calcaneus procedure can be performed.
So, following X-rays and tests today, Arkos will have the Cruciate Ligament surgery tomorrow and the op originally planned for today will be performed when the Cruciate Ligament procedure has had time to heal, in about 6 weeks time!
Obviously, this is bad news in every way, but we feel that Arkos has suffered all his life and he deserves every chance to experience life as it SHOULD be for a loved Galgo, so we have made the decision to go ahead and use the money that has already been so kindly donated by many of you. We sincerely hope that everyone who donated won’t mind?
The Spanish animalist party (PACMA) claims the protection of wildlife and takes legal action.
The Hunting Act in Castilla y León (Spain) will be amended to "paralyze any hunting activity until further notice". All this at the request of PACMA (Party of Animalists Against Animal Abuse).
Laura Duarte, spokesperson of the Spanish animalist party, argued that the regulation in question does not comply with the European directive "habitat fauna flora", which applies to all species. Therefore, "if it is not consistent, this paralysis should continue".
Disgraceful, appalling, outrageous, tragic... There aren’t enough adjectives to describe what’s going on in Valladolid’s provincial dog pound.
The animals already there, and the constantly coming new arrivals don’t have any kind of veterinary assistance whatsoever. The council’s animal collection service has been without the services of a vet for two months, even cases of emergency remain unattended. Whether the animals arrive lame, dehydrated, malnourished, sick, there is no help for them.
Look at the state we have collected this poor greyhound puppy in; frail, with a 32 degrees temperature (when the normal is about 38'5) and with lungs full of pus. He was on the point of death.
Our vet has managed to save him from a cardiac arrest, but in reality the chances of him surviving are very low.
PLEASE WRITE AND PROTEST!
Write to Valladolid Provincial Council
Plaza Mayor 1,
Attn. Snr Óscar Puente
Do you consider the treatment of these poor animals, or rather the lack of it, acceptable? Are you aware that due to your negligence animals are suffering and even, as in the case of this little one, may be dying? Such little value do you place on the lives of these beings who did not decide to come to this world, much less are they to blame for having been abandoned? It is your duty and obligation to give veterinary assistance to the animals collected in the facilities of "La Yosa”, and to deny an animal medical attention and leave it to suffer a painful death is utterly inhumane.
This is the report I presented to the PAES International Conference on Animal Welfare in Spain in 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.
That equates to 58,400 galgos every year, abandoned or dumped in perreras for killing, including reports of galgos hung in olive groves. With all the adverse publicity, the galgueros responded by abandoning their dogs and dumping them in perreras in greater numbers. There are now fewer instances of hangings because – however much the galgueros claim ‘there are no hangings’ – digital photos on the Internet accurately show dates and times and show the real truth. And because now one or two associations are not afraid of instigating court action against these dog-murdering men. And I’m talking about podencos being hung, as well as galgos.
The hunting season in Spain is now ending and galgos are being abandoned by the galgueros in their thounands. If you can offer a galgo a place in your heart and home, here's a comprehensive list of rescue and rehoming associations.