photo: Guardia Civil.
Today is Día del Galgo, a sighthound very similar to the Podenco, and since these beautiful and extraordinarily intelligent breeds are among the worst treated, perhaps the Podenco treated worst of all, police ask that the public denounces any cases of maltreatment and abandonment they become aware of. These dogs make fantastic pets, but most often they are kept as hunting dogs, and far too often there are reports of cruelty such as you would hardly believe. They are routinely abused, beaten, starved, abandoned and killed. The Guardia Civil say simply “denounce”. Just call 062.
Tomorrow, there will be a co-ordinated demonstration at the same time in 32 towns throughout Spain against hunting with podencos and galgos. There is more information and a general petition HERE: in Tenerife, the protest is at 12 noon in Plaza Weyler in Santa Cruz. All are invited, and organizers simply ask those attending to make a video if they can of the demonstration and post it on Youtube.