Abandoned dogs have always been a problem in rural Spain. When we lived near Motril we rescued and found homes for 8 dogs which had been abandoned at various times near our cortijo. Two of our current 3 dogs, Rubi and Blanquita, were abandoned. The problem was just as bad when we moved to Los Guajares.
Although we had heard that there is a similar problem here we had not encountered it until yesterday. In the morning we went for a walk up the lane beside our house through the olive groves in the hills beyond. We are familiar with the vehicles which use this private road, so we were puzzled when one we hadn’t seen before passed us. The two men inside seemed reluctant to make eye contact – unusual, since all the people who use the road to get to their land are very friendly.
Some minutes later, having climbed further up the track, we looked down and saw the vehicle parked by the side of the road. The occupants had got out and, although we couldn’t see them, we could hear them talking. It was at this point that we became suspicious and this was confirmed when, as we made our steep descent through the olive groves down to the river, we came upon two puppies, obviously recently abandoned.
The puppies – both dogs – are about seven weeks old and in reasonably good condition. They are typical ‘campo’ dogs, being a mixture of podenco and pointer, with a bit of dachshund thrown in judging from the short legs and long torso of the smaller puppy.
Now begins the time consuming task of trying to find homes for Rusty and Rufus ( as I’ve named them ) so we shall be putting up posters and contacting local animal welfare societies.It is an offence to abandon animals in Spain, and although there have been successful prosecutions, it’s necessary to have witnesses to make this possible.
If you can help us with finding homes for these puppies please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.