She goes by the name of Virginia “Ginny,” and since escaping from her 6-foot-tall fenced pen at 819 W. Banta Road on April 2, the Spanish greyhound has eluded the efforts of approximately 40 volunteers from four rescue groups trying to catch her.
A foster dog under the care of Tom Trickle, Ginny flew the coop after being at Trickle’s house for only four days. Since then she has been doing a lot of “sightseeing,” having been seen west of Railroad Road, as far east as I-65, south of County Line Road and north of Thompson Road.
A command post was set up Saturday in The Southsider Voice’s parking lot to track the dog. More than 7,000 flyers have been distributed, and Ginny’s travels have been reported by WTHR-TV.
She has red and black stripes and weighs 42 pounds. It’s believed that she is hunting for food to survive.
But on Monday around 10 p.m., Ginny took some food that a resident on Ingleside Drive, north of Thompson and east of Keystone Avenue, had set out for raccoons. “She came up and took some food and came for some more,” said Linda Bryant with USA Defenders of Greyhounds. “But we couldn’t get her. She is afraid of everybody. We will get her. We have to make sure that she is comfortable.”
When rescuers spot the dog they fire up portable stoves to fry bacon, hoping that the aroma will lure her to them.
People who see Ginny are asked not to approach her as that will only frighten her off. Rather, call Bryant at 696-5611 or 281-1525.
Also known as a galco, Ginny was brought over to the United States about five weeks ago from Spain by the rescue group Scooby Medina.
Galgos are used as hunting dogs in Spain, but due to the lack of humane laws there, the treatment of them is horrendous, according to Bryant. While greyhounds in the United States are trained to be sprinters, Spanish galgos are trained for endurance. They are tied or chained to pickup trucks and forced to run behind them for several miles.
If one falls or is injured, it is dragged behind the truck while the others continue to run. Once trained, they are used as hunting dogs but are disposed of when they no longer perform up to the expectation of their owners, she said. The dogs have been found hanging alive by their necks from tree branches, tossed down abandoned wells or simply set free to fend for themselves.