Target: Alejandro Javier García Padilla, Governor Puerto Rico
Goal: Enforce existing anti-animal cruelty law and promote spaying/neutering to prevent stray dog deaths.
As many as 300 starved, homeless dogs can be found at any given time on Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico. Many of these dogs are ill, covered in fleas and ticks, but not all. Some seem to have been loved, but abandoned, family pets. Formerly a beach popular with tourists, Playa Lucia has become home to these sad, homeless animals.
Puerto Rico has a pretty harsh law on the books aimed at preventing animal cruelty, but it’s rarely enforced. This law, Law 154, in conjunction with promoting spaying/neutering, would drastically reduce the number of unwanted dogs found at Dead Dog Beach. The SATO dogs organization is making strides to rescue these dogs and bring them to the US to find forever homes.
The SATO dogs organization works to provide food, water, veterinary care, and love to each dog left on Dead Dog Beach. They provide spay and neuter services for dogs healthy enough to undergo surgery. Each dog is given a name and any emergency veterinary care needed. Once dogs are healthy and stable enough for travel, they’re booked on flights to the US where they’re met by either their forever homes, foster parents, or one of the projects many sanctuary partners.
The majority of these dogs, if not recused by the SATO project, will not live past their second birthday. Yet, they’re exactly the type of dog that would make a great family pet. Small and terrier-like, they’re quick to learn and have the most adorable long ears.
Sign this petition and demand that Puerto Rican officials enforce Law 154 and run campaigns promoting spaying and neutering to save countless innocent dogs from starvation and death.
Dear Mr. Padilla,
The United States via SATO dogs is currently rescuing thousands of dogs from Playa Lucia, now known as Dead Dog Beach, every year. Despite a strict anti-animal cruelty law on the books, Law 154, the abandonment of these animals is allowed to persist unchecked.
In addition to enforcing this law, spaying and neutering the dogs would drastically reduce the number of unwanted dogs born. Puerto Rico needs to run campaigns promoting this surgery and consider funding low-cost spay/neuter clinics to encourage this course of action.
The heart of a person, a culture, can be seen in how it treats its animals. Show the US and the rest of the world that Puerto Rico has a heart that loves even its most unloved animals.
Photo Credit: US Marine Corps