Stray dogs and cats in Greece have seen it all. If someone wanted to put together a scale with all the shades of human nature, all they’d need would be stray stories, and nothing else.
Poisoned, ran over, hanged, drowned alive, set on fire, mutilated, thrown away with the trash, tied up in the middle of nowhere to starve, painted and dyed…this is what strays go through. And the ones we rescue? Oh those are just a lucky minority that does not solve the problem.
The puppy was found in a Gypsy camp in the town of Halkida, Greece in that condition. Dyed red. It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last. It has happened before and it will keep happening, and before the rescuers got to it, I am pretty sure that dozens of people passed it by laughing.
The red paint turned out to be hair dye, that had soaked into its skin, and will wash off eventually. Other than that, the little one was in good health. It spent a few days at the clinic, where it was bathed, groomed, vaccinated and treated.
For obvious reasons the original post went viral and the puppy was adopted within a week. Her name is Scarlet now and her new life just started. She waved goodbye to the clinic, with her hair still red, and a beautiful scarf around her neck.
As for all the others like her, still waiting on the streets… Oh well, very few will get lucky. Very very few.
You can visit the rescuer’s original post here.