[Press release] In September 2017 Chania animal welfare got a telephone call about a stray dog in the Galatas area. The dog was in such condition the caller called him “a source of infection and a danger to public health”. Some locals tied the unfortunate animal to a tree and were demanding that he was put to sleep.
A volunteer took the dog to a Chania vet where he was treated for infections, was cleaned up de-wormed and de-flead. The dog was then accommodated at the Souda dog shelter and after a while, he was adopted by a German family who fell in love with him.
As usual, the animal charities follow up the fortunes of the strays they are sent to families abroad.
The strange news about this particular dog named Franky – short for Frankenstein – came through Ms Iliakis of the Souda shelter. Frankie featured on a new issue stamp in Germany, celebrating the rescue work of animal welfare organisations and their work with Cretan strays, and shows how with a bit of care a neglected, abandoned animal can become a star.