Operation Rehala in Bullas, Murcia - 9th March 2012
An organisation called Pro-Setter have worked endlessly to save over 120 dogs from a compound in Bullas, Murcia. This rescue had been started over a week ago when some of the first dogs were rescued through various charities. We are pleased to say with great teamwork from Little Pod Foundation, Animal Welfare Support Murcia, SOS Animals UK, Podenco Friends, and Podencoworld in the Nederlands we commited to taking 9 dogs and 5 puppies.
Due to the owner changing his mind after the first dogs were rescued he denied access to the property to remove any more dogs. Again Pro-Setter spent days trying to receive an access grant which was finally issued by the Courts. The grant gave permission for Pro-Setter to enter the compound for one day only to remove the dogs. Pro-Setter co-ordinated a huge operation dealing with many charities to all arrive on the same day to make sure not a single dog was left behind.
Sadly the owner broke in to the compound the night before and removed all of the puppies and moved alot of the dogs and replaced them with others. Pro-Setter have confirmed all the dogs that were there on the day have been removed.
With the help of great team work Little Pod Foundation have rescued 8 female Podencos who are now named Ella, Jenny, Mary, Gemma, Tina, Molly, Tina and Star.
All the dogs were micro chipped and received a rabies injection before they left the compound. These beautiful dogs were then taken to our vet where they were all given an extensive health check and all their vaccines. They were covered in fleas and are completely infested with worms and ticks. We have found no broken bones but they have a lot of cuts and injuries. We have done an ultra sound on one of the dogs but due to her having a full bladder we couldn't get confirmation of any puppies. We will have to wait another week and do the ultra sound again. We are awaiting the results of their blood work as we are testing these girls for a lot of extra conditions. We hope to have all these results soon. I would like to apologise to the couple that entered the vet with their cat just as we were finishing up. I think it was the fact that 8 pairs of ear perked up and 8 heads turned towards them that made them slightly nervous. But like most Podencos our girls took no notice and went back to sleep. After a long and exhausting day for them they could barely keep their eyes open.
Here is some video footage of the rescue:
Individual pictures of these girls will follow tomorrow. Now they are resting safely in their warm kennels, with full tummies and hopefully drifiting of in a blissful sleep.
There is lots of these pictures on our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/littlepodfoundation#!/media/set/?set=a.386784871350767.103985.215869751775614&type=3
Little Pod Foundation would like to say another big thank you to Bev, Warren, Viv, Jacquie, June and Elaine for coming to Bullas and helping to rescue these beautiful girls. Also thanks to Tania at SOS Animals UK, Edwin at Podencoworld in the Nederlands and Alex at Pro Setter. We must also thank Eduardo and Jose at Eduardo Pets who blocked out their whole afternoon for us and to the wonderful kennels who are keeping our beautiful girls happy, safe and warm :) To everybody that has contributed in any shape or form to this rescue thank you very much. Your support is greatly appreciated and we couldn't do what we do without you xx