This hunting dog had been chained up for five years..
Most people in Greece love to hunt as a hobby and thus, would own their own hunting dogs to aid them during the hunt. Unfortunately, these hunting dogs would suffer a terrible fate should their owners stop hunting.
An English Setter named Duke used to assist his owner during his hunts but was no longer needed, so his owner simply stopped feeding him with food and water.
Poor Duke was chained up by his owner without any food or water and left to die.
An rescue organization called ZEIL soon got wind of Duke’s plight and quickly rescued him from a terrible fate.
It was saddening to see Duke’s condition, he could hardly lift his head due to the heavy chain around his neck!
The rescuers were shocked to find that Duke was severely underweight as he weighed less than 20 pounds only. A healthy dog of his breed should weigh at least 45 to 80 pounds!
The staff at ZEIL knew what happened to unwanted hunting dogs like Duke and were determined to save him.
Duke was taken to the vet, where he had a medical checkup and received treatment for heart-worms. The staff at ZEIL took Duke under their care and gave him plenty of loving care and affection, like his former owner should have.
Duke was finally allowed to run around freely and even returned the affection to his new friends!
The staff at ZEIL took care of Duke until he was healthy enough to be adopted. When he was put up for adoption, a family in Denmark took an interest in Duke and requested to adopt him.
They even flew to Athens to pick him up and welcomed him to their family. Duke was also given a new name, “Charlie”.
Charlie is currently doing well and living happily with his family in his forever home. He even has two other dogs to play with and keep him company too! Thanks to the efforts of the staff at ZEIL and his new family, Charlie now has a second chance at life.
If you want to help to save the hunting dogs in Greece from a terrible fate, please visit ZEIL’s website or their Facebook page.