Greyhounds are the hunting dog of choice in Spain, but only while they're useful. After that, it's customary to do away with the dogs entirely in certain parts of the country -- and to do so as gruesomely and inhumanely as possible. According to VICE, approximately 50,000 greyhounds are expected to be abandoned or killed at the end of this season:
If the dogs are too old to hunt or too hungry to afford until the beginning of the next hunting season, then a greyhound owner might choose to hang them instead. Some throw them into wells or cremate them. Running them over with a car seems to be catching on too, while a few years back there were several cases of hounds being tied to the backs of trucks and dragged along the road.
Beatriz Marlasca, president of a Spanish NGO dedicated to greyhound protection, told VICE of the intense cruelty she has seen toward former hunting hounds, including abandoned dogs eating garbage in the streets and pits full of greyhound corpses. Often, the abusers are difficult to track down or convict, Marlasca explained, and most of the offenders walk free. "Sometimes you feel like you've had enough," she said, "but then you realize that you can't give up."