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Scarecrow – Dog Chained For Life And Living In His Feces

Scarecrow in flesh and blood. Chained and left in the middle of nowhere is how  most dogs spend their entire lives in Greece. This is how this young dog lives for now, in the beautiful island of Skyros – it doesn’t look so beautiful now, does it?




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“Home”

Chained and left in the middle of nowhere is how  most dogs spend their entire lives in Greece

The dog

The dog was spotted by an animal lover. Tied with a rope in the middle of nowhere, and left without food or water, he ate the small portion of food the woman left for him like he hadn’t eaten for weeks. Next to a bucket of molded water and having a self made dog house as a shelter, he’s far from the picturesque village and the beaches tourists visit in summertime.

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The last thing he ate, before the woman spotted him: molded fruit and some bread.

Do you know these dry, empty, brown mountains you cross with the bus to get from one beach to another? These mountains are their home.

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Dogs like him, left chained in the middle of nowhere are everywhere in rural Greece, and especially in the beautiful islands. You don’t get to see them because they live so far from civilization that it’s impossible to spot them. Do you know these dry, empty, brown mountains you cross with the bus to get from one beach to another? These mountains are their home. They spend an entire life of loneliness and misery, having the owners visit them every couple of days to feed them molded bread and leftovers.

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Beautiful Skyros, like most of Greece’s islands. What tourists see is so different than what we experience every day.

They serve as ‘living scarecrows’, scaring the wandering herds of sheep and goats off the unenclosed plantations.

There is a reason why those dogs are left there. The so-called “barrel dogs” are dogs chained THROUGHOUT their lives, given minimal (if any) food and water, receiving no veterinary care and, usually, having a barrel as their “shelter” (thus their nickname). They are NOT a special breed- any dog can end up in chains. They serve as ‘living scarecrows’, scaring the wandering herds of sheep and goats off the unenclosed plantations. In fact there is a Fafebook group of volunteers, dedicated to rescuing these living scarecrows.

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His “water” bowl.

According to the Greek Law (4039/2012) this kind of treatment is strictly forbidden

Is there a solution?

According to the Greek Law (4039/2012) this kind of treatment is strictly forbidden, yet many dog owners continue this horrible practice, and few people speak up. The main problem is that, if these dogs are rescued, they would have nowhere to be placed -charities and shelters are overcrowded and adoptions very few. But I guess, taking their chances on the streets seems much more humane than a life of misery.

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His “habitat”.

The dog needs to be removed from there, receive medical treatment and a foster home is needed

The first photo of the dog was posted yesterday, and keeps being shared. A network of animal welfare charities and animal lovers have been trying to figure out a solution. The dog needs to be removed from there, receive medical treatment and a foster home is needed, until (and IF) he gets adopted.

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This is not just an isolated incident. Right now there are thousands of dogs living in such conditions, mainly in the gorgeous, touristic islands that are packed with tourists during the summer, and in wintertime they are empty, sad places, like scarecrows in the middle of the Mediterranean.



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6 thoughts on “Scarecrow – Dog Chained For Life And Living In His Feces”

  1. Dear Valia,
    Yes there are thousands of Scarecrows in Greece, I met one here yesterday.
    Is there a sustainable solution? I guess there is if people wouldn’t turn their head and try to forget about them as soon as possible. Even people involved in animal welfare have this attitude, a kind of fatalistic “It will never change anyhow”. If you find a foster home for Scarecrow what will happen? What are the sanctions that the owner will receive? Or do you let Scarecrow be replaced by the next unlucky “barrel dog”? That definitely is not a sustainable solution. So sanctions against abusers should be the 2nd biggest priority after the well being of all Scarecrows. If you haven’t found a foster home yet for Scarecrow you can bring him to me but please get the asshole who has put him there.

      1. Sorry to bother you again Valia but this keeps nagging.
        I would like to know what is happening with Scarecrow. It happens all the time that a problem is detected, many say shame and that’s it. We continue with the next issue.
        Of course it is beautiful when a poor stray dog or cat finds a forever home and affection for the rest of her or his life. But it’s all symptom fighting. It’s the root cause that needs to be fought.
        I know I am reacting out of pure frustration but I see this phenomenon daily and not only in animal welfare. I see so many Scarecrows on this tiny island and time and time again I am running into a brick wall.
        There must be a way to do something, to change the mentality if not in a nice way it will be a tough way.
        Could you please inform me when you know what is happening with Scarecrow and his tormentor.

        Thanks in advance,
        Bram van Spronsen.

        1. I will let you know. Have you visited the original post on Facebook? – I’m not sure what can be done really. Report, rescue and rehome.. But there is no place for all those dogs. They are too many. Just too many. Have you seen this page? It’s about barrel dogs only: https://www.facebook.com/%CE%A3%CF%8E%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B5-%CF%84%CE%B1-%CE%B2%CE%B1%CF%81%CE%B5%CE%BB%CF%8C%CF%83%CE%BA%CF%85%CE%BB%CE%B1-%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%82-%CE%9B%CE%AD%CF%83%CE%B2%CE%BF%CF%85-Save-Lesvos-Barrel-Dogs-146730495456971/?fref=ts

          1. Valia, I’m a bit frustrated. I start this reply now for the third or fourth time. Every time I’m called away by dogs, cats or routine my reply disappears and I have to start from scratch. Is there no other way of communicating, a normal e-mail account f.i. Anyway my routines are done, animals fed and ready for the night.
            Valia, I understand that no way all barrel dogs can be saved, fostered and adopted.
            That’s why the problem needs to be solved from the other end. There should be an end made to the phenomenon of the barrel dog or what ever you want to call it. Since 2012 there is a law in Greece that protects any dog from this fate. So make sure this law is enforced.
            There are numerous volunteers in Greece that look after dogs and cats, help them survive, foster them and adopt them.
            I can not believe that in a civilized country, that Greece is supposed to be, there cannot be found 100 volunteer lawyers that want to prove themselves and the credibility of Greek justice and come up for these thousands of barrel/chain dogs in Greece.
            The law is clearly on their side, lets fight the status quo, lets fight the hunting lobby.
            Use public opinion, use the tourists use publicity, follow your heart and your conscience.
            I’m sure it can be done.
            Bram.

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