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In Memory of Valentina

Animals  (tags: in memory, valentina, portait, grief, humans cruelty, black greyhounds, mutilated, abused )

- 3046 days ago -
February 14th 2009, a man walking his dog discovered a blood soaked blanket on wasteland in Iron Acton - a village on the outskirts of Bristol. Obviously alarmed, he investigated the contents and was horrified to find a dead black female greyhound

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Simone Duffin (1462)
Monday February 15, 2010, 8:31 pm
Her ears had been hacked off to prevent her from being indentified by her tattoos and even more macabre – this poor girl was heavily pregnant with six pups.

Unlike Rusty, who was dumped on a Welsh mountainside in similar circumstances and despite months of investigations - DNA profiling, leafleting campaigns and public appeals – her true identity has never been determined and her killer(s) walk amongst us today – unpunished for this atrocious and barbaric crime.

In memory of Valentina – Thomasz Adamski has beautifully captured her spirit in a restful pose and one which is befitting to remember her by.

This portrait will be auctioned off in the very near future and the monies raised will go to two very worthy rescues – in order to save as many greyhounds as possible from the same fate as Valentina's.

Until then, please light a candle and reflect on the hundreds of thousands of greyhounds who have gone ‘unaccounted’ over the past 80 years and of those that continue to be abandoned and die without being found..........may you all Rest In Peace.

Laura H (964)
Monday February 15, 2010, 9:57 pm
Anyone capable of murdering Valentina and her six babies lost the right to walk the earth. I hope they return to hell where they belong.
The story-and portrait-have me in tears.
Rest In Peace Valentina and your babies...
thanks Simone.

N. D (15)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 12:05 am
What is wrong with people ?!
Why not take your dog to a shelter if you don't want or can't take care of your dog no more ...

Maureen C (4)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 12:21 am
"no obvious cause of death" and no obvious abuse from the photographs. I only hope that her death was some horrible accident, and that it was quick. Poor girl. Now I'll remember her.

Micha ella Vlasblom (42)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 12:49 am
How horrible.
I send healing to this!
Much love/b'ahavah,Ange Vlasblom:-)

Virginia Gayo (0)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 1:14 am
What happens with greyhounds that they are specially ill-treated?

susan w (13)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 11:59 am
poor dog...just like the race horses when they are no longer able to race they are killed....thanks simone

Gillian M (218)
Friday February 19, 2010, 9:45 am
In the UK each track had access to greyhound rescues whih would happily take and care for any and all unwanted dogs. Greyhounds are fairly popular as they are not expensive to feed and don't need a lot of exercise.
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