This was one of the most horrific animal abuse cases of 2018 in Greece, and an example of a sick mind’s ingenuity, with one and only purpose: to inflict pain, just because they can.
Florence – as her rescuers named her – was found in the village of St Flora, near Kalamata in southern Greece.
Greece is a country where the stray dogs are everywhere. Abandoned or born on the streets, no matter how much the organizations are trying to spay, neuter and educate, it’s impossible to keep the numbers down. For every dog that is rescued from the streets, a dozen more pop up the next day.
I have said this before, stray dogs in Greece are on death row. Greece is supposedly a no kill country, and there is a live and let live type of tolerance when it comes to stray dogs here, that are millions.
Stray means unprotected, vulnerable and alone. Strays here are on death row, living on borrowed time. They are shot, poisoned, ran over and mistreated all the time.
Five months. That’s how long it survived in this world. It was born in the wrong place at the wrong time, lived among the wrong people, experienced rejection, fear and starvation and ended up being shot and killed.
I came across this yesterday and I just had to share it. Animal abuse cases in Greece are an everyday thing, and today I had to choose among a female stray that was set on fire, a puppy thrown down a 10 meter deep well and a number of stray dogs rescued on the brink of death.
One day a stray dog that had no name approached one of us, and what he got was a bullet in the head. Morgan, who didn’t have a name yet, survived the shooting and ran away, bleeding, blinded and terrified.
Stray dogs in Greece – and all around the world I guess – become familiar with the worst of humanity, and some of them, if they are lucky, with its best. Joker is one of those dogs who have experienced both.
Shot in the face – this was Morgan’s “reward” for approaching one of us “humans” for affection, on February 6, 2015, in Elefsina, in the outskirts of Athens, Greece.