At first I was afraid
I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights
thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And I learned how to get along
and you DUMPED me
in a Perrera place
Life in Spain and the Canary Islands is hell for the majority of podencos. Here's a heart-rending situation some young Spanish volunteers have discovered and they desperately want help to help the dogs...chiefly to get them into shelters (which are mostly full to bursting) and fund some operations. Alejandra tells the story.
'I'm writing you from Sagunto, a small town on the outskirts of Valencia, desperately asking for your help due to the situation we are living.
About a month ago some girls and I found a group of hounds and hound crossings living in a extreme situation,
We found right away around 25 adult dogs between 6 months and 2 years old. 3 of them had recently given birth, with a total of 18 puppies only a week old.
Here is the report from Laura Johnson of thekennelklub, Lanzarote, on the court case against the bastard who so abused this poor podenca. She continues to make good progress and, when she is fit to travel, there is the offer of a home in the UK with another blind podenco. Fingers crossed.
'After a promising day yesterday (26/11/2015), today is not such good news. Tata/Angelique's owner has been convicted this morning for abandonment - a 360€ fine and a 6 month ban from owning animals. We were unable to prove animal abuse.
Michelle tells the story of how she came to offer a forever home to podenca Izzy.
'It started with a photo. Not a great nor clear photo, but poignant and heart-breakingnever the less. It was of a tiny female Andalusian hound chained to a wall in a filthy Spanish cellar. No windows, no bed, just damp concrete to sleep on and a rusty dirt encrusted water bowl that was bigger than the dog.
The reason - she wasn’t good at hunting, and like many Spanish hounds in her position, she was thus regarded as trash. The luckier ones are rescued, but many are abandoned, hanged, burned alive, thrown down wells, or stabbed to death. She needed someone to offer her a home, otherwise she would most likely have suffered one of these fates.
This is an appeal from Fabienne Thys for help with two young podencas...they need foster and forever homes. Is there anyone who can help. These are their details.
Lola is living in the courtyard of a member of our association. We think she was pregnant in the summer but she disappeared before having her puppies. She reappeared last month (October) and alone.
Rubi is literally on the streets. She is being fed by some people but is very scared and hard to be approached. We need help to catch her and for somewhere for her to go in foster to help her adjust to life in a home, as she is in danger on the streets, both from an accident or getting pregnant again. A kennel will be no place for her.
Both podencas are in Jaen, Southern Spain and contact info is the following:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone no: +34 656 61 47 79
Angelique had a good night considering - she has eaten, drank, had a short wander around the vet clinic and did peepee. Today she has had the operation to clean and close the 3 fractures on her skull and to remove her eyes. She has come round from the operation and is in recovery. The vet says it is a miracle that she is alive, but she is, and she is still fighting with everything she has to pull through. She is still critical but she is alert and responsive.
And another poor podenco suffering from the neglect and abuse of the bastard hunters - or in this case also a 'rescuer'. Here's her story. I'm checking with the association CPA who have her, that it is Olite in Navarra, northern Spain, as I am not aware it is an area where hunters use podencos. (google translation)
'Hello. This week we picked up this podenquita of the town of Olite. In spite of living on a daily basis with the neglect and on many occasions with the mistreatment, few times we have dog arrive in this state. It was about to die of starvation. Her condition is delicate, doesn't eat because it is so weak that it is not capable of doing so. Her temperature was extremely low and even though she kept drinking, it's so dehydrated that it is not enough.