A Spanish sighthound dog has incredibly survived after being beaten, tied, put in a plastic bag, and dumped in the river to die. The smart dog was able to poke it nose out the bag to breathe while the sack floated in the river.
Three dogs, all Spanish sighthounds, were found by two bike riders in the area known as Gil Gomez de Arahal, in the province of Seville, in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, on the 30th of June.
Olga Diana, president of the El Amparo del Sur animal protection association, said she had driven there in a car after being called to the scene by the bike riders, whose names have not been revealed.
It was the smart dog’s move to poke its nose out the bag that saved his life:
[The riders] saw there was a nose coming from one of them (the bags) and the bag was open and the dog ran away but it came back by itself shortly after
Olga said volunteers from the association went to the scene and called the police after they found the three dogs, which all had been microchipped and belonged to the same person.
The Spanish Guard confirmed that the three dogs had been beaten before being tied and placed inside the sacks which the criminal has then closed using a rope.
The other dogs, unfortunately, all died, and only the dog that was able to poke its nose through the bag.
The bodies of the dogs can be seen packed into the sacks with visible wounds to their heads as the surviving pooch looks on.
The Civil Guard confirmed a 60-year-old man who lives in the town of Arahal is being investigated as the alleged perpetrator.
The owner of the dogs, who has not been named, has been asked to give a statement as part of the police investigation.
The one surviving dog was then taken to the Moron de la Frontera veterinary clinic where vets found it had suffered a serious blow to the head, injuries to its legs and further injuries to its nose caused by an improvised muzzle.
A video shows the seemingly undernourished sighthound on the vet’s table and then being cared for in a cage.
The dog named Gabi was also infected with parasites and Olga said the pooch is recovering properly but ‘it is scared of men and avoids them’.
She said they are looking to have the dog officially given to the association so they can help find it a new family.
Javier Sanabria, coordinator of the political party PACMA (an animal rights political party) in Seville, said that both the association and the political party have reported the case.
He stated that killing sighthounds is not uncommon;
[It] used to happen, especially in areas where hunting with greyhounds is common, like in Andalusia and Castilla La Mancha.
It’s done for many reasons, they are getting old, they are useless, because the animal does not have the skills they want, but not all greyhounds are hunters or have the skills for hunting.
‘According to reports from Affinity, more than 50,000 greyhounds are abandoned in Spain every year.’