Poisoned dog (1)

I’d be grateful if everybody could please send very positive vibes – prayers – thoughts to a dog currently fighting for its life in Spain.

The galgos, for those who don’t know, are similar in appearance to greyhounds, and they are used for hunting by their owners. Unfortunately they are also terribly abused, tortured and killed for ‘sport’ by their owners. At best they are turned out into the wilds, or onto the streets, to die. Please do not be tempted to search on-line to learn more, unless you have a strong stomach.

There are many animal welfare associations working very hard, in difficult conditions and frequently subjected to abuse, trying to help these gentle dogs and rescue them from ill-treatment.

The day before yesterday Galgos del Sol rescued a homeless and scrawny galga bitch with a litter of 3-week-old pups she had tucked away in a haystack. The rescue took considerable patience, not to alarm the bitch so that she fled and abandoned her pups.

Success! She was captured and taken with her 4 pups to the Galgos del Sol centre. A story that should have a happy ending.

But – a few hours later the bitch – named Hayley – suddenly became very ill, haemorrhaging severely. Rushed to the vet, tests showed that she had been fed rat poison and was not expected to live. She is very, very ill.12572952_1123250924361372_8546932126806339017_n.jpg

But – she survived the night. There is still hope she may recover. So please hold her in your thoughts. Send her strength that she can pull through and live to raise her pups in safety and comfort.



9 thoughts on “Poisoned dog (1)

  1. The fate of galgos and podencos in Spain is appalling, vomit-inducing. Until we got (abandoned at days old) Pod Snowy I had no idea. I follow a number of galgo and pod groups on FB. The other day, I read a Spanish woman’s post who apologised for the number of abandoned dogs in Spain, she quoted 200,000 pa. and that’s just the ones who are recorded. Doesn’t include the ones hung from trees or like Snowy, and Pippa before him, just chucked on the street, and taken in by people.
    She’s a beautiful dog, and so are the puppies. Hope she makes it. Nasty nasty people though.

    • Amazingly, I have actually heard Brits who live in Spain denying that this exists! There are no stray dogs; there are no dogs in pounds; all the Spanish are kind to dogs.

      It’s one of the reasons we decided against moving to Spain, despite having met many, many dog-loving Spaniards. I just couldn’t feel comfortable in a country where cruelty on this level continues and seems to be mainly ignored by the authorities. It’s positively mediaeval, in the 21st century.

      The ill-treatment of these gentle, loving dogs leaves me in despair, and I have so much admiration for those people who are in the front line trying to do something about the situation, because the sights they see and the heartbreak they have to bear would defeat me.

      I am checking on the report from GdS regularly throughout the day to see how Hayley is doing. The latest report a few minutes ago is that she has eaten, and her blood readings have improved. The vets aren’t able to give any promises, though. She’s still very poorly, but fighting.

      • Ne of our fears was waking up one day to find 20 dogs tied up to the finca as soppy brits would take them in. It’s certainly one of the uglier sides of life in spain. Things are sort of improving. When we moved here, no one except us took dogs out on a lead. No one, except us, cleaned up. Now in our village both have become the norm. Small steps. The Junta de Andalucía requires mandatory chipping and registration but …
        Our neighbours take their dogs out at 7pm and 11 am. I tell you I couldn’t wait sixteen hours for the toilet.
        Galgos and podencos are lovely creatures. We have more pods in my part of spain, and Snowy comes in for his share of compliments. On the one hand we saw three emaciated dogs on our walk earlier this month, and yet another neighbour’s daughter takes one of their dogs to bed with her. I’m so pleased the rescue places are able to home galgos and pods in loving homes in northern europe. Fingers, toes, and paws crossed for gentle Hayley.

  2. I’m holding her firmly in my thoughts. And all the other poor dogs that are brutalised in Spain. It is, indeed stomach churning and was one of the reasons that I decided against a new start nearly twenty years ago in Spain with my then young daughters. I just couldn’t get my head round some of the cruelty that exists and is just shrugged off as a fact of life. It’s not a fact of life – its a disgrace, an abomination and entirely unacceptable in the 21st Century. I boil with rage. Fight gentle dog, fight and be well – your pups need you and you are amongst friends now.

    • Unfathomable how a Western European country, birthplace of great artists and writers, can spawn a people who take so much pleasure from ritualised cruelty against animals. I suppose if we look back to the Inquisition we can see that there is an inherent barbarity in a parts of society there, but the fact that it is, as you say, shrugged off by so many is a frightful indictment. All my thoughts and wishes go to that poor dog, and the lady who is looking after her.

  3. @roughseasinthemed. It is encouraging to hear that the Spanish are making moves to improve the situation of these poor animals, but as long as they are legally torturing bulls and small creatures to death for ‘sport’, I wonder how enthusiastically they will work to protect dogs. I simply cannot understand how people can be so despicable. Still, their king hardly sets a good example, with his ‘Big Game Hunting’ antics. Twat.

    • Nor are British royals any better re hunting 😦
      Although, I think JC’s vile elephant antics pushed him towards the resignation road. Not that I like Felipe either.
      Bullfighting. Let’s not go there. Not on this post anyway.

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