UP to 100,000 Spanish hunting dogs are slaughtered or abandoned each year for being too old or slow.
Many are shot, poisoned, hanged from trees, or thrown over ravines at the end of Spain’s hare coursing season.
Even those that are rescued have often been abused for years, reports National Geographic.
The plight of these dogs, most of them either galgos (Spanish greyhounds) or podencos (Canary Islands hounds), is documented in a new exhibit by British photographer Martin Usborne.
“During my travels I came across this story of these beautiful dogs in Spain being a abandoned en masse and knew I had to make a photography project about their plight,” said Usborne.
“I was drawn to the painful contradictions in their story: such beautiful dogs with a regal history – they used to be associated with nobility many centuries ago – but with such an ugly modern story of abuse and abandonment.”
Usborne worked with two Andalucian charities that rescue and rehabilitate abused and abandoned hunting dogs.