Written by Patricia Faulstich (Wisconsin, U.S.A.)
Published on: May 23rd, 2012
Playa Animal Rescue, is located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. We organized in October of 2011, and continue to grow. The need for animals rescue, rehabilitation, and re homing of the street dogs is enormous. This is just one case of saving an animal in need.
On the evening of May 9th, 2012, Playa Animal Rescue volunteers, Sarah Sanderson, and Christine Jodoin, were finishing up their duties at the shelter, when there was a pounding at the gate. Opening the gate, there stood a woman, and her 2 sons, with a dog, that had obviously been attacked with a machete, a towel on the dog’s head. The dog could barely stand. Sarah and Christine rushed the dog, which we have since named Fuerte, which in Spanish, means strong, to the veterinarians. The vets were outraged, this is something that they have seen before. They made her comfortable, and planned her surgery for the morning. Here is Fuerte, when she arrived at the vet. It didn’t look good for Fuerte.
During her surgery, the vet’s discovered that the machete had penetrated skin, muscle and her skull, damaging her sinus cavities.
No one was sure what the outcome would be for Fuerte, or what, if any permanent damage there would be. We all hoped for the best. Here she is after her surgery.
The very next day, she was on her feet, and eating. So far things looked good for Fuerte.
Fuerte is a bit wary of strangers, which is very understandable, but she is slowly learning to trust again, with the help of Playa Animal Rescue members, and volunteers. She’s a happy girl, with a lot of energy. We look forward to the day when she can find a happy, loving home. Her survival of the attack, is nothing short of a miracle. Charges were never filed against anyone, as no one admitted to seeing the attack.
Playa Animal Rescue is dedicated to helping the homeless, starving and abused animals in this area.
Will You Help Rescue Others? You'll LOVE Our Work! Before: scheduled for euthanasia at the pound. After: His new family has a huge backyard!