Death row


Helsinki, Finland

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A sad dog at a Spanish killing station waiting for his poor luck to turn. It won’t, will it?

The dog in the picture is Cocis, a Spanish cross bred dog who had been dumped on a killing station and put in a death row in June 2010.

Against all odds he is still alive today. He was rescued by me.

I was in Spain with a friend of mine, a chairwoman of a Finnish rescue dog society, in June 2010 and we visited a few dog shelters. One of them was called CanEs and it is a killing station.

In Spain there are two types of shelters. The good ones are run privately and with the help of private donations. In those they try to find new homes (around Europe) for the dogs. The other ones are municipal and in those the dogs are killed after a few days or a couple of weeks if no one asks for them. Killing stations are the most miserable places ever. In many of them the dogs won’t get any food or no treatments if they are ill, and they are killed inhumanely by gas or by an injection straight into the heart without any sedation or pain relieving. The only hope for those poor dogs in the killing stations are the good, private shelters which try and rescue as many of them as they can out of that living hell.

So, I visited CanEs, and saw many many sad dogs. Adults, youngsters, bitches with puppies, too young puppies without mom, disturbed and depressed dogs, injured dogs, big dogs, small dogs, you name it. Cocis was there in one of the cages with another small dog. They were both cute and seemed friendly and on the door it said they had been brought to the killing station straight from peoples’ homes. Who can dump one’s family member like that? I just don’t get it.

We spent an hour or so there looking at the all the dogs and giving them treats. My heart breaks every time I think about any of the dogs there. I could not help crying when I e.g. saw the too young puppies crying for mom on the hard concrete floor. Horrible, horrible things people do. :(

Anyway, Cocis and his friend Pepis ( I gave them those names) seemed very much adoptable, and we decided to buy them out from the killing station. That was not an easy procedure (and definitely it was not easy to leave all the other dogs behind!), but with the help of a Finnish friend living there, we managed to secure the dogs’ lives so that they would not be killed. We also had to pay for their stay at the killing station with “full board” (including no walks, no nothing, just crap dog food and a concrete cage) before the dogs could be moved to Anbad dog shelter. They had to stay there for 10 days for the vaccinations to take full effect.

After that time had passed the dogs went to Anbad shelter. That is a good place for the dogs. :) The keepers love all dogs and take very good care of them.

New homes for both Cocis and Pepis were found in no time and they flew over to Finland in July. They are now two very happy pooches. :)

Cocis has just arrived at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland.

This is Pepis. Cocis’ friend from the death row. They flew together from Spain. :)

All the pics taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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