Galgos and Podencos: Hell in Spain for these Innocent Dogs
Spain has been known for many things – its beauty and architecture to name just a couple. Spain is also known for its horrible abuse of animals - most
people are unaware of the suffering and killing of tens of thousands of hunting dogs at the end of every hunting season. Shamelessly, the hunters of Spain, called
galgueros, torture, hang and abandon their faithful hunting dogs when no longer useful to them.
The most popular hunting dogs of Spain are essentially Greyhounds and Ibizan hounds, but called Galgos and Podencos in countries where they are bred and used. The
Galgo and Podenco are two of the most persecuted breeds of dog on earth. Galgos are bred for their speed in the flat lands, and Podencos for their agility in the
mountainous hunting regions of Spain.
For all they do to please the galgueros, they are rewarded with brutal treatment and protracted deaths as they are hung from trees with their feet barely touching the
ground – “playing the piano” as it is referred to by the heartless galgueros who torture these dogs in unimaginable ways.
Greyhound Companions of New Mexico is working with several groups in Spain to rescue some of these dogs. The groups in Spain and other countries who are trying to
protect these dogs are overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of numbers rescued by concerned citizens and brought into shelters for veterinary attention, food, water
We know there are plenty of animals suffering here in the U.S. and we want our supporters to know we are not turning our backs on those here in America who need our
help. However, we want to help raise awareness among Americans about the plight of the Galgo and Podenco of Spain. Exposing atrocities of this nature is what it takes
to bring about change – even in a nation so far away.
With the help of grants from The Lexus Project
(www.thelexusproject.org) GCNM and
other greyhound rescue groups are bringing in some of the dogs from Spain, not only for the purpose of finding them exceptional forever homes, but also as
“ambassadogs” to help spread the word about the cruelty in Spain. Talking about it helps, but having the dogs present is a much more powerful educational tool.
Telma Shaw of GRIN (Greyhound Rescue Internation Network) is largely responsible for coordinating all that goes into getting the dogs from Spain to the U.S. Telma
knows of the overpopulation of animals here in the U.S. and has written this explanation that may help some of you understand why we are helping the Galgos and
Aren’t There Enough Dogs In the US In Need of Homes?
Pet overpopulation is truly an overwhelming issue that affects animals and people worldwide. All over the world animals are bred indiscriminately. There are not
enough homes available for the animals that are products of intentional breeding, much less all the “accidental” breeding. The result of this is the euthanasia of
countless thousands of dogs and cats each year. The keys to changing the pet overpopulation crisis are the spaying/neutering of all dogs and cats, and education of
the public at large. At G.R.I.N., we see the pet overpopulation as a problem without borders and we want to make a difference wherever and however we can. By bringing
a very few galgos to the U.S., we are exposing the atrocities that occur in Spain with these “ambassadogs”, and hopefully educating people. Each of the G.R.I.N.
board members is involved in the rescue and care of animals in the U.S. Our goal is to raise awareness and promote change in the way animals are treated
To see the story of GCNM’s first rescue from Spain, go here:
We will be bringing dogs in from Spain, just a few at a time over the next year. Their photos and information will appear on our website and the Greyhound Companions
of New Mexico Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably already seen the photo of this sweet girl, Letiza – she’ll be arriving on June 9th along with one
other. Both already have homes, but there will be more coming in October or November, so stay tuned!