Greyhound Friends Asks for Your Help in Cruelty Case
For Immediate Release
Greyhound Friends Inc responds to greyhound cruelty case in Batan, Argentina
Louise Coleman, Director of Greyhound Friends Inc. located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts is calling on authorities in Batan, Argentina to respond immediately to the cruel and inhuman treatment of a group of greyhounds located on a private property in that city. The animals have been photographed showing severe neglect including but not limited to starvation, poor shelter, and uncontrolled reproduction resulting in puppies reportedly killed at birth.
It is imperative that action is taken immediately and that pressure is mounted to encourage local authorities to execute animal welfare laws which are being violated. The greyhounds in question can be and should be re-homed through the efforts of local rescue organizations which will be funded for vet/health and fostering costs by local and international supporters for greyhound welfare.
"The treatment of these greyhounds is unacceptable both in legal and humanitarian terms. We will focus a very bright spotlight on this situation until appropriate action is taken. It is a real blemish on the Argentina society when animal welfare is so grotesquely ignored in the lack of action by local authorities who are unwilling to execute their obligations to the law. We will relentlessly pursue action by putting political and social pressure on the authorities and politicians in that area until something done." Said Coleman.
Coleman has requested an email/phone campaign to the local Secreteria Privada Daniel Scioli.
She is requesting supporters of these dogs to write and ask that immediate action be taken to seize the dogs and turn them over to local animal rescue organizations. She is also asking for local and national media organizations in Argentina to take a serious look at this situation and highlight the story.
Contact information for Greyhound Friends and Louise Coleman: email@example.com
USA (508) 435-5969
cell phone: USA (617) 817-6706
See photos below: note: First photo is of a puppy that was pulled from the trash at the location but was not able to be saved and died a few days later.
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Please note the video contains some graphic images that may be disturbing to some viewers.
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Greyhound Friends operates a thrift store - Second Chances
- in Natick Center. Donated items are sold and all profits go to support our kennel operations. (Please click the link for store hours, news, etc.)
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