Florence – as her rescuers named her – was found in the village of St Flora, near Kalamata in southern Greece.
Unfortunately Leander didn’t survive the surgery. His injuries were too severe and he had already lost too much blood, as nobody helped him sooner.
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.
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?
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.
Liberty and Floyd were rescued from “Inferno island” as the volunteers called it.
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.
On January 29 2017, a volunteer received an anonymous call (those people never have a name) about a dog struggling to stay afloat in the river Mornos, next to the town of Nafpactos, Greece.