On my first trip to Spain in July 2007 with the French rescue association L'Europe des Levriers, we brought back to France 2 tripods, one a galgo and the other a podenca. It was the first time I had met tripod canines and I was very impressed how having 3 legs instead of 4 didn't hinder them from haring around and playing with the other hounds.
One of my readers, Diane, adopted a tripod from the hellhole that was Mairena perrera, a privately owned killing station where the dogs hardly received the basics of life. Here Diane writes about Podenca Selina.
'16th January 2014– I was looking at my Facebook notifications from ‘For the Love of Dogs and Cats’ (FLODAC) rescue group in Spain, and saw a horrific news video of a notorious perrera‘Mairena’ near Seville, taken on Christmas Day 2013, which had been discovered to have been in an appalling state – dogs with no food or water; no staff or vet attendance over the 2 week holiday; pens flooded with water, dogs paddling in their own excrement; tiny mothers trying to protect new born puppies; dead dogs. This same perrera had been described by Beryl Brennan in 2011 as ‘cold, wet and dirty, the dogs are starving’. It seemed nothing had changed. The film created a furore when it was shown on Spanish television.