Rescuer In Greece Gets 26,000 Euro Fine For “Animal Abuse” (And That’s Not All…)

Before you stop reading, this is not a troll article! It happened, and it happened in 2018, in Messinia, Greece. Yes, this is how the authorities reward the rescuers here that pay money out of their own pockets to feed and care for stray animals that the state simply ignores.

Nelly has about 24 rescued dogs living in her property. Dogs that were collected from the streets, dogs that she loves and cares for. Last summer, a “good neighbor” that has a cottage nearby, and wanted to spend his 10 day vacation dog free, filed a report, and Nelly received a 26,400 euro fine (in Greece, the average salary is of 480 euros PER MONTH)

Nelly has about 24 rescued dogs living in her property

 

according to the authorities, she is not a rescuer, she is an abuser

Apparently, according to them, she is not a rescuer, she is an abuser. Ha! And while the entire country is full of dogs that live their lives on a chain, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, and that miraculously “disappear” before the police arrives every time someone files a report, rescuers are given fines for animal abuse and for failing to microchip their rescues on time. Whatever!

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The “fine”

As if this was not enough, one of her “good neighbors’ deliberately ran over one of the rescue dogs she is caring for and broke its leg. Surgeries like these cost money that the rescuers simply don’t have (especially if the have a 26,000 euro fine on their back).

one of her “good neighbors’ deliberately ran over one of the rescue dogs

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In Greece, rescuers like Nelly and her fellow volunteers face the hostility of their local communities every day. We are a country of millions of strays, where everyone dumps dogs on the streets and the rescue groups are trying to do what they can to save the lucky few. With no help from the local authorities (quite the opposite actually), with no government funding or any income other than donations from strangers, with no respect from neighbors and fellow citizens, the rescuers are people who come face to face with the worst of humanity every single day.

rescuers like Nelly and her fellow volunteers face the hostility of their local communities every day

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If you wish to help the local volunteers, you can donate a small amount (I did). The money will be used to pay for the poor dog’s surgery, and to improve the living conditions of those 24 rescue dogs, so that they can be spared of any future “animal abuse” charges. A vet collaborating with the local charity of Kalamata has already tested and microchipped Nelly’s rescue dogs, and confirms that they are healthy and cared for.
For more information you can contact Anna, the local rescuer in charge of clearing this mess, through her facebook profile here, or via email: [email protected]. To donate via PayPla click here

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