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!
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…!
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”.
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.
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.