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Mondo Cane Rescues 2 severely emaciated dogs.
April 18, 2014
So here's the story.....
Various complaints have been received about a shepherd who had dogs tied up somewhere in the Lampi/Koumaro area.
It's been said that dogs of his in the past have died of starvation.
Upon receiving these complaints, we took a walk up the goatpath to see for ourselves and found Cesar & Ruby (recently named for their owner did not see the need to name these, to him, disposable creatures).
Both were tied to trees, high up, I imagine, to avoid entangling themselves. There was a bucket and some other metal bin....both empty, rusty and filthy. Ruby had a meager dog house, especially unsheltered considering their location at the top of a mountain. Cesar had nothing. Both were in the shade because they were under trees and that may have been what partially saved them.
BOTH of them severely emaciated, though it is slightly less visible in Ruby due to her color and coat.Ruby, a black Belgian shepherd pup about 7 months old and Cesar around 10 months old, were there without a drop of water and not having been fed in so long their skeletons can be seen through their coats.
Infested with ticks and exposed to the elements these dogs survived the winter. We speculate they have not been fed in over a month or if so meager amounts of food to keep them barely alive.
The following day I returned with two volunteers and we confiscated the dogs, as they were tied on municipal property. Immediately following the confiscation we took them to the police station to give local authorities the opportunity to witness their condition with their own eyes so that nothing would be left up to interpretation or be a matter of personal opinion. The photos show their condition but do not truly capture their severity.
We took them to our shelter, wormed them, sprayed them for fleas and ticks and gave them their first meal in weeks. They ate and drank profusely. We gave them several meals throughout the remainder of the day and pulled out HUNDREDS of ticks.
Both have open wounds and sores. Cesar has parts of his ears missing.The police called in the previous owner who argued he wanted his dogs back. We were called in to discuss the matter.
The person responsible, gave various reasons for demanding the dogs back and their condition, all contradictory to each other and demonstrating his utter indifference to the condition of his dogs, some of which where: we are not permitted to take his dogs without his permission, he could not afford to feed them, he can afford to feed them but this is the breeds' body types, he keeps his dogs medium lean so they can run on the mountain, he can't have them loose because they chase goats (perhaps they are hungry? Just guessing), he does not always keep them tied up, they are thin because they are tied up, and the best of all, he only didn't feed them the one day before......He did state he would be getting more dogs within the next two weeks to replace these....In a nutshell after exhausting our patience and the officers' as well, he was informed that he will not be getting his dogs back now or ever, that if he has any other dogs he is to turn them in immediately, that he would be monitored on a weekly basis to check if he got other dogs and if he did to inspect that he is keeping them in conditions according to the law, and that should any further situations regarding animal neglect and abuse arise, the penalties issued in court would be higher because it would not have been the first offense.
The officers were extremely helpful in dealing with this matter and assuring we could continue to monitor this animal abuser from now on.
Many many thanks to the Patmos Police Dept for their assistance in this case, to Sarandis Pouliezos and Lukas Sifounios for volunteering and assisting in the rescue, to Yiannis Violentis for babysitting while I went on this rescue, to my daughter for behaving impeccably despite being only 4 ½ while being taken from one rescue to another and in this case, managing to entertain herself all day as we helped the dogs, to Dimitris Grillis for being at the police station both times, to Rena Grammeniati for babysitting and cleaning up my muddy child as I went to the police station, to Dimitris Gambierakis for his help in gathering information, and last but NOT least, to those who reported the abuse to begin with!
We are happy to report that Sarandis, who assisted in the rescue, has adopted Ruby and is nursing her back to health in his home!
Cesar will be up for adoption as soon as he has regained his health