Emaciated, abandoned, sick and confused, Cassandra is one more Greek tragedy – for someone familiar with the situation in Greece, there’s not much more that needs to be said.
Greece’s hunting dogs are an open, bleeding would in Animal Welfare. They are never treated as pets and barely get any exercise unless it’s hunting season.
Most of them live chained or locked up somewhere in a field in rural Greece, as far from the nearby town or village. If their owner keeps them in the city, they are kept in the roofs of the building – literally the roof. This is where their home, their toilet and their whole life is.
Hunting dogs living in such conditions risk being infected easier than pet dogs, by diseases carried by parasites thriving all year long due to the warm Mediterranean climate. And since many of them do not receive their monthly anti-parasitic treatments, most of them are infected.
So, once they get sick, a treatment is out of the question – why spend money on a “tool” you keep chained 24/7? After they are abandoned, they might get lucky and be rescued, they might get unlucky and just die of starvation or diseases or be ran over by a truck etc etc.
More or less, this must have been Cassandra’s story. She is a young, female Pointer, found emaciated and sick somewhere near Nafpactos in April 2017. She was starving (of course), she was sick with leishmaniasis (of course) and she is a sweetheart (all of them are).
Cassandra was rescued by the local charity of the area. She was treated for leishmaniasis, she gained back her weight and her confidence, and today is looking for her forever home. If you are already a Pointer person, you can imagine what Cassandra is like. If you are not, well, here’s something to keep in mind about them: Pointers have two speeds: 100 and 0.
They need a lot of exercise in order to be happy, and at the same time they are amazing cuddling machines, couch potatoes and the best sleeping partner you could have. Maybe it’s their character, or maybe it because of their short fur, but Pointers always seem to appreciate body heat more than any other dog, so they sleep piled up next to each other – or next to you! (That’s all I know, based on experience)
To adopt Cassandra you can contact her rescuer here.