The Galgo is an ancient breed and a member of the sight hound family. Despite it’s similar appearance, it is not closely related to the English or American greyhound. Galgos have leaner musculature and more stamina for endurance running, and are either smooth or rough-coated in a wide variety of colors.
Galgos are mainly used for hunting or coursing hare. During the annual hunting season (October to January) many live in dark sheds in excess numbers, when they are not coursing. They spend most of their days confined and neglected. Once the season is over, Galgueros (hunters who own the Galgos) dispose of the dogs by hanging them from trees, throwing them in wells, beating and abandoning them or turning them into pounds, where most never have a chance at leaving alive.
The excessive, uncontrolled breeding and mass abandonment of dogs at the end of every hunting season leaves a massive population of loose, starving and sick dogs. Associations like Scooby rescue and rehabilitate as many dogs as they can to give them a chance for a future. It is estimated that more than 30,000 Galgos are killed every year.
At the end of hunting season, the shelter in Spain may house up to 500 dogs. On average, there are about 300-350 dogs at Scooby waiting to be adopted.