Thirteen Dogs Rescued after Found Trapped in Abandoned Swimming Pool

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In Spain, police and animal protection services from Callosa de Segura found 13 dogs in an abandoned swimming pool lot. The dogs were malnourished, abused, dehydrated and infested with fleas. Some dogs were trapped inside the rundown pool with no way of escaping, while others were tied in the surrounding areas with short chains.

“It was not a nice scene to see,” said Maria Jose Ruiz from Protectora Adapac. “The dogs were trapped inside the [empty] swimming pool and I just jumped in without thinking. Most of the dogs came to me immediately.”

The rescued dogs are seven Greyhounds, one Podenco and one female Bodeguero with her four puppies. Police believe that the dogs had been previously stolen a few weeks before and now abandoned in the empty lot.

Ruiz had hot dogs with her and she used the food to lure the dogs to her.

“The mom dog was the only one that didn’t come to me,” said Ruiz. “She was very fearful and close to passing out along her little puppies. Not even the food I offered her was enough to make her come to me.”

According to Ruiz, the dogs trapped inside the pool were roaming free in the sunken hole, but had no food, water, or a way to protect themselves from the environment. The place also had other abandoned dogs tied to iron fences with chain leashes no longer than 3 feet long.

“We believe the Greyhounds had been stolen from their owners in order to be re-sold,” said Noelia Ruelme from Protectora Adapac. “Gypsies usually steal Greyhounds to sell them, use them in dog fights with pit bulls or breed them and sell their puppies.”

All 13 dogs are now under the care of Protectora Adapac. The organization has teamed up with a German rescue group that has collected 200 euros to help the animals.

6 thoughts on “Thirteen Dogs Rescued after Found Trapped in Abandoned Swimming Pool”

  1. In Spain, greyhounds and galgos (Spanish Greyhounds) are primarily used for hunting not racing. It is the Spanish “custom” at the end of the hunting season to dispose of the unwanted dogs by hanging in the woods or poisoning or abandoning them. The dogs that are kept are often starved and treated horrendously because they are still considered worthless. Don’t blame one group (Gypsies) when the whole country considers greyhounds to be entirely disposable. The government will not stop the hangings anymore than they will stop bullfighting – because “it is tradition. These dogs are lucky they have been saved. Thousands of other greyhounds and Galgos will never get the chance. Check out – another rescue organization in Spain trying to help galgos and other animals.

      • I decided long ago to never spend a dollar that would go to Spain. Though I made one exception when my husband and I adopted a Galgo from Scooby. Now living in Canada, he will hopefully live a very long and happy life.

    • There is an organization in the US called GRIN. Otherwise search for Galgo rescues and there are several in Spain (Scooby, Galgos del Sol, etc).

  2. I live in Spain and love the country.. I do support my loca;l APADAC society by donating Household/pet bedding/toys/ bricabrac etc., for sale in their shop. I also adopted my Beautiful Wee Spanish Girl Puppy from there 1 .5 years ago.. vet thought she was approx. 8 weeks old.. She simply incredible and fits right in with my 2 Westies.. brought from Scotland whe I moved. due to ill health I am now unable to help clean/feed or walk animals at shelter, but there’s always next year..never say never..


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