Greenland has also been hit hard by a financial crisis. Jobs are scarce, and most people rely on welfare payments from Denmark. "That money doesn't go to the dogs," Lastdrager says. "Some people don't feed their dogs 'dog food' or anything you need to buy. They feed their dogs whatever they hunt."
Another issue is that the dogs' chains get tangled up, causing injury - or worse, death. "Those chains coil into each other, up to a point where it suffocates the animals," Lastdrager explains. "We had several cases like that where we were ten to fifteen minutes away from dogs being choked to death."
In the case of the puppy with the broken leg, Lastdrager believes that his leg got caught in a chain, causing the bone to snap. But even with a broken leg, Lastdrager remembers how hard it was to catch the little dog: "He kept running away, and hiding in one of the doghouses."