We sometimes wonder if horror has limits and if human cruelty is not directly inspired by the devil himself. The discovery just made by the Nature Protection Service of the Spanish Civil Guard is another illustration of this.
The facts reported by the authorities took place in Cuenca, a municipality in Spain located in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha.
They discovered a mass grave in which were dozens of dead hunting dogs. The first observations made it possible to establish that the dogs were intentionally thrown. The different stages of decomposition of the dogs suggest that this place has been used by hunters for several years. Authorities report that “ animal corpses were found locked in plastic bags. Obviously, the dogs were thrown from the top of the abyss, and abandoned at the bottom of the pit from which they cannot get out, where they died of hunger and thirst, when they were not killed by the fall. or beaten to death beforehand. "
To fully understand the ordeal suffered by these dogs called Galgos, we must understand their "usefulness". In Spain, hare hunting with greyhounds is an ancient tradition, and every hunter breeds his greyhounds to use them. They are, in fact, no more important than a hunting tool.
The Galgos France association, which aims to collect injured animals in order to find them a place to live with dignity, explains the journey of a Galgos in Spain: “At the end of each hunting season in Spain, there are thousands. of those sweet and magnificent dogs who are, like every year, sacrificed, abandoned, killed by slow hanging (according to the pianist's method), burned alive, mutilated, and worse still.
The lucky ones are taken in by shelters, which have to cope with a massive influx of dogs, often requiring care, and thereby generating substantial costs. The others will end up dying in a corner, or recovered by the Civil Guard and taken to the "perreras", unhealthy pounds where they will be gassed after 14 days, the legal waiting period, without any care (sometimes with broken limbs). and without any chance of being offered for adoption.
The mistreatment that accompanies abandonment is linked to pride, because a dog that has hunted badly dishonours its owner, and this affront must be washed away with blood, from where a slow death and in suffering ” .
You should know that the legislation in force in Spain on animal rights would not be applied to the owners of Galgos. The "scorned" pride of the hunter whose dog (s) did / did not hunt up to the owner's requirements, would authorize the latter to punish his dog (s) by torturing them and imposing death on them. he chooses, the Galgo however undergoing his fate and sometimes even returning to his master, amputated, stunned ...
The status of this dog is almost zero in Spain. It therefore does not benefit from any protection like other pets.
Each year, thousands of these dogs are abandoned, tortured, mutilated and killed by their owners, with complete impunity.
Obviously, the disastrous discovery of the Civil Guard is one of those dumps in which hunters come to get rid of their dogs without being seen or worried. Judging by the number of corpses and the choice of an area that is very difficult to access, it is a safe bet that the place was notorious within the hunting community.
One would like such horrors to be heavily punished but one cannot help but doubt it. We know the weight that traditions can have, even if they are synonymous with so much stupidity and barbarism. These practices are known to all and nevertheless, they still exist today.
However, Carolina Rey, spokesperson for the Spanish animal rights association Hogar de Paz (The Home of Peace), said she would file a complaint and prosecute the perpetrators of these despicable acts.
This article is an opportunity for the team of this newspaper on the one hand, to warmly thank all the people working in associations to provide care and assistance to their dogs and on the other hand, to denounce such cruelty. failing to understand it.