#FreeTheGalgo trends on World Galgo Day
By Catalina Barrios
Credit: Instagram / @thestatelyhound
It breaks my heart to see children and animals suffering. There is no need for vulnerable creatures to have a rough life, to be mistreated, or to go to bed with an empty stomach. Sadly this is the case for many children and animals around the world. Everyone, animals included, deserve to be happy, and to be treated with love and care. When I learned about the Galgos of Spain, I wondered how, as an animal lover, this was news to me.
How many of you have ever heard of Galgo dogs, who are also called Spanish Greyhounds? I will be the first one to admit I just found out about this breed today. Sadly, thousands of these dogs don’t have the life they deserve as they are bred for the sole purpose of hunting and illegal dog racing.
Credit: Galgos del Sol
Galgos are an ancient breed of hunting dog once raised exclusively by Spanish nobles.
Unfortunately, today they are one of the most abused dog breeds on the planet.
Tens of thousands are killed in Spain every year, and many more are abandoned.
Credit: Instagram / @yogalgo
Galgueros, the people who own and breed the dogs, use Galgos for lure and hare coursing between the months of September and February. “We’ve had galgueros that have had 70, 120 galgos, living on crisps and bread and eating each other when they die,” said Tina Solera, founder of Galgos del Sol, an organization which has rescued more than 1,000 Spanish Greyhounds since 2011.
To train Galgos for maximum speeds, Galgueros tie up to 15 dogs to the back of a motorbike or a car and make them run after starting the vehicle. Those dogs who may get injured are left alone on the streets.