Lydia – as we named her, was found in the outskirts of Athens, Greece by a SCARS volunteer.
She was in heat and was running in panic, as packs of male stray dogs were chasing her. She has two massive tumors in her breasts, and this is the reason why she was abandoned probably.
hunting dogs are never treated as pets, they are just considered objects
Hunting dogs in Greece – just as in Spain and other parts of the world – suffer immensely here. They are never treated as pets, they are just considered objects, and once they grow old or sick and cannot do their job well, they are abandoned on the streets.
We rescue them emaciated, confused and sick. Their condition of their health speaks for their past. You can tell from the sores on their bodies, the diseases they suffer from and their general appearance that they had been living chained in a box somewhere in a yard.
You can tell from and their general appearance that they had been living chained in a box somewhere in a yard.
Lydia has had blood tests and we are waiting for the results. She will have an x-ray and an ultrasound, and if she is healthy enough and the tumor hasn’t metastasized, we will start with the surgeries.
She needs to have three surgeries in total: removal of the tow tumors separately and sterilization. She has a long way to go, but we believe that she will be ok. She just needs to have a good life from now on, for herself, and for all the others like her.
once they grow old or sick and cannot do their job well, they are abandoned on the streets.
She is an amazing, gentle, loyal and well behaved dog, like all English Setters are. She is a lady, a fragile lady that didn’t deserve to live the life she lived so far, she just didn’t.
To get updates on Lydia’s progress you can follow the SCARS facebook page. After her recovery, she will be looking for her forever home. Home, not yard, not garden, not dog house. Donations are more than welcome.