This is how a huge number of pet dogs spend their entire lives in the Greek cities and towns. Up on the rooftops of the buildings, or trapped in balconies, watching the world from above, barking at live happening without them.
This is how cold the Greek islands can get during winter. The notion that Greece is the country of eternal summer and animals can survive just fine here is a myth, because we like imagining touristic destinations as places where the sun always shines.
Steffie was probably abused for years. The old fractures in her head is proof of what this poor girl has suffered in the hands of her abusers, who are people that live in a small community in Greece, people that everyone probably knows but no one reports.
In Greece, a huge percentage of pet dogs spend their entire lives on balconies and on rooftops, where they live 24/7, they are never walked, and they spend most of their time barking. You can see them in every neighborhood, some are worse than others.
Hunting dogs usually live chained in isolated areas, they are rarely treated as pets, and they are dumped if they are not considered good enough for hunting, or once they get sick, old etc.
Any dog of any breed and size can end up being chained in a barrel, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, serving as scarecrow for predators. We call them barrel dogs, and their lives are more miserable than you can imagine.
The number of entire litters of puppies dumped every single day would surprise you. It’s hundreds. Per day. Bitches that give birth every year have their puppies disposed off in various ways, ranging from abandoning them in the middle of nowhere, mountains, fields etc to stuffing them in plastic bags and dumping them in the trash alive.
Poisoned baits thrive as a traditional way of population control. Entire areas are being “cleared out” every now and then, with citizens placing poisoned food or even worse, food with smashed glasses and nails inside, the strays eat them and suffer unimaginably horrible deaths. Some even say that those “poisoning sprees” are directed by the local authorities. No, I have no proof, it’s just hearsay.
Abuse thrives. Hanged dogs, drowned dogs, dogs dumped in rivers alive with their legs tied up together, animals shot, mutilated, animals found with their eyes gouged out, spray painted or burnt alive, you name it.
Reports on animal abuse go as far as the citizen who files the report wants to take them. Fines and punishments on animal abuse range from a slap on the face to jail time (always suspended) and 30.000 euro fines for inflicting the death of an animal. The trials are constantly postponed – blame the Greek juridical system – and one case can take up to…four(?), five(?) years to be properly tried.
The Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation has been pushing the Greek parliament for years to have the constitution revised and add to the article 24A a special reference to the protection of all living beings. And guess what? When the bill was presented to the Parliament this week, the majority voted against it.
Why? Stupidity and political gain mainly. You see with the national elections coming soon, nobody wants to lose voters. And hunters vote, furriers vote, stock-farmers vote, breeders vote, and apparently their lobby is stronger, because guess what? They are more.
(As for the hunters in particular, the Hunting Federation of Greece didn’t just push hard against the bill, but they also congratulated the government afterwards! Really? In the 21st century? In a European country?)
Animals in Greece this week started as a crazy idea, and now I am addicted. With more and more stories piling up every week, the situation is so ridiculous that irony and sarcasm seem the only way to deal with all that.
Tarta is poetry, pure poetry. She was found in a coffee shop, going from one table to another, begging for love. There are a few questions surrounding her story, like how on earth did she manage to survive for six whole months on the street, being blind.
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Some dogs are just a mystery. Everything about them is a huge question mark. Who owned them? What kind of life did they have? How did they end up this way? How did they end up there? Why?
I am a big dog lover. But besides the fact that I just like big dogs, simply because I do, I get a hundred times more anxious about miniature dogs ending up in the wrong hands – and unfortunately, they usually do.
This is one of the worst cases of animal abuse we have seen here in Greece, and unfortunately it’s not an exception.
Chained dogs are a common thing in Greece unfortunately. Dogs that spend their entire lives chained, 24/7, since they are puppies until they day they die are an open would in animal welfare.