Sheena’s Greek Dogyssey May 2018 – Part 2

The main aim of trips to Greece is to perform neutering of stray dogs in order to try to reduce the number of unwanted puppies. In all, we managed to perform 28 spays and 12 castrates. Some of the dogs, however, were being brought in too poorly to undergo surgery. They were sick or suffering from starvation. Some of them had to go onto a drip and spend a few days in our hospital. A lot of dogs also suffer from Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease which affects the whole body. Thankfully it is treatable with daily medication which is not expensive, but these dogs cannot survive on the street. The shelter is so full that they can only admit sick or injured dogs. Sadly there were plenty of those, and my respect goes to the shelter workers who deal with this on a daily basis.

At the end of the second day, a dog was rushed in. He had been shot in the leg and the bone was completely crushed. It was not possible to stabilise the leg overnight so Sheena and Emma got back to work. Sadly they weren’t able to save the leg, which resulted in amputation. Photographs were taken as evidence because the police had been informed and the shelter workers were going to try have the culprit prosecuted. Attitudes will only change through successful prosecution for cruelty. They named the dog Jack. He is such a lovely dog with not an ounce of aggression. If anyone has room for a large dog who doesn’t need much exercise……

Jack

Sheena and Emma also met this lovely dog who was living rough at an airfield where local people were feeding her. She is a very beautiful, happy and calm dog…

Girlie