There are 117 rescued dogs, 98 of them greyhounds, after being discarded by hunters in the first four months of this year, 28% more than the same period in 2023, as reported by the Andalusian Association Galgos del Sur.

In a statement, the entity warned this Wednesday of “alarming figures of abandonment of hunting dogs”, which it attributes to the exclusion of these from “the national animal welfare law that has recently come into force.”

Seville, Córdoba, Jaén and Granada, in this order, are the provinces where the most dogs have been rescued by the association, according to the data provided, although some also come from Guadalajara and Albacete.

The association, located in the municipality of Villafranca de Córdoba, has stated that “it should have served to increase the protection of these animals in the face of the horrible conditions in which they live poorly”, as well as “have put an end to the breeding and massive abandonment”.

The president of Galgos del Sur, Patricia Almansa, has indicated that “since the approval of this law, hunters have even more of a feeling of impunity to continue throwing away their dogs when they are no longer useful for hunting.”

For Galgos del Sur, the abandonment of hunting dogs is “chronic and unsustainable.” Thus, last Monday 15 greyhounds from Guadalajara greyhounds entered the shelter, several of them emaciated and with injuries.”

This Andalusian association houses more than 140 of these animals in its facilities, an average of which veterinary and maintenance expenses generate “debts that they can barely assume.”

Galgos del Sur has complained that most of the animal shelters “neither have recognition” from the administration “nor do they receive any financial compensation for offering a service to the community that is the responsibility of the town councils themselves.”