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Dog Wandering With Broken Jaw For 15 Days While Nobody Helped Her

Dog abuse, neglect, abandonment – you name it- in Greece, is like the Doctor Jekyll of our “hospitable, kind, proud and warm” Mediterranean self. The kind shepherd you ask for directions is the same person who can potentially hang, shoot or drown his hunting dog for not doing its job and the nice lady who serves you homemade Geek dishes is the same lady who poisons her next door neighbor’s cats.




In this case, it wasn’t just that one person who kicked a 4 kilo dog and left it with a broken jaw, it’s an entire village that saw her wander alone on the streets, with her jaw literally hanging, and simply looked the other way. For FIFTEEN days!

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Apart from the excruciating, unimaginable pain she must have been through, she was unable to feed herself and drink. So she just went by unnoticed for TWO ENTIRE WEEKS, licking leftovers, while the people in the village kept living their lives, going to work and sleeping with a clear conscience…!

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I can’t even begin to describe how absolutely embarrassing this is for all of us. I am ashamed. Deeply ashamed. Many of us involved in animal welfare don’t even dare to take a tour around rural Greece anymore, and when we are told what a beautiful country we live in, we just blush and mumble a dishonest “thank you”.

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Whatever. The dog’s name is Mara and she was rescued by the local charity “Diasozo” (Greek for rescue). Her mouth is shut with a bandage and she feeds herself by licking porridge. She will be operated in a few days, after she gains back her strength- and the surgery will be difficult and costly.

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If you wish to make a small donation, you can use the charity’s bank account or PayPal (Piraeus Bank / Beneficiary Name: ” Rescue – Diasozo ” /No. Acc. 6244 1391 89 068
IBAN: GR 11 0171 2440 0062 4413 9189 068 / BIC: PIRBGRAA
PAYPAL: Greekanimalrescuer@gmail.com). You can view Mara’s entire album here.



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7 thoughts on “Dog Wandering With Broken Jaw For 15 Days While Nobody Helped Her”

  1. I am speechless (sort of, you know me well enough by now). Am not going to start about how cruel this and how cruel that, it’s just too depressing. Thanks to ISIS, a very present topic has been wiped off out of our daily press/news: saving Greece. Greece and it’s deteriorating economy was all over the news and the sentiment of most of our citizens was: just let them go broke, they don’t deserve the money. Hm. Countless jokes were made. In total, Greece has received a whopping 248 billion in loans. Wow. 248 billion Euros to save a country that ran itself down. You know, I didn’t care about the money and still don’t, never in my mind would I think: let them down, don’t help. Now I ask myself why help a country that so obviously lets down and just doesn’t help?? Why does this country deserve help when it is just not willing to help? You don’t have to be ashamed, Valia, because your country is beautiful, full of history and full of pure souls who deserve all the help in the world, because they help, too. You and all the others are what makes Greece beautiful. We “met” by chance, an odd twist of fate, and already I owe you so much. Never could I have imagined finding a new side of me (I am almost 45 and sort of settled), making new friends, practically bonding over animal welfare (of course, I do love dogs). You and what you represent reached me in a corner of my heart that I did not know existed. Why am I writing this? I can’t really say, to be honest. I’m tired and have a very grueling schedule tomorrow. Want to roll myself up and cry and I haven’t even seen any of the daily tragedy myself. How do you manage to stay sane??
    Barrel dogs, drowned dogs, hanged dogs, injured dogs……
    I hope this poor soul heals fast and I am not talking about her jaw.

    1. Maria it’s only the backward older villagers who are like that. The Greek youth are animal lovers, defo. Dog and cat ownership has soared in Greece .

  2. Promise, I will donate for sweet Mara as soon as possible. Where is she now?
    Give her a big hug from me and thank you guys for taking care of her.
    Kouragio glykia mou Mara !

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