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Dog’s Recovery after a Machette Attack

Dog’s Recovery after a Machette Attack


Written by Patricia Faulstich of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Animal Rescue is located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.  The need for animal rescue, rehabilitation and re homing of the street dogs here is enormous and this is just one case of saving an animal in need.

On the evening of May 9th, our 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 two sons and a dog that had obviously been attacked with a machete. They had a towel on the dog’s head and the animal could barely stand. Sarah and Christine rushed the dog, which we have since named Fuerte (meaning “strong” in Spanish) to the veterinarians. The vets were outraged as this is something that they have seen before. They made her comfortable, and planned surgery for the morning.

During her surgery, the vets discovered that the machete had penetrated skin, muscle and 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.

An Amazing Recovery

The very next day, she was on her feet and eating. 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 anything.

Playa Animal Rescue is dedicated to helping the homeless, starving and abused animals in this area. If Fuerte found the strength to recover from such trauma, just imagine what miracles await others like her. Visit the Playa Animal Rescue website or Facebook page .

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase.


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1:53PM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Thanks for bringing this story to us. Thanks for caring for Fuente and getting her the surgery she needed. To the Vet who took a change and the Rescue Group, I salute you.

8:20PM PST on Jan 10, 2014

This makes me so sad, but happy in the end. Whoever this piece of Sh*t is, should have the same done to him or her, no excuses, no exceptions!

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6:35AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

I would love to know what happened to this sweet dog. She reminds me of my own rescue - I never what she went through before I got her, but the scars are still there for all to see. I just adore her!

11:04PM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Bless Fuerte, the vet and those at the rescue, hope she has recovered and found a loving forever home.

11:02PM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Bless Fuerte, the vet and those at the rescue, hope she has recovered and found a loving forever home.

5:53PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

sorry, I mean't we saw...not say.

5:52PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

When we visited Ecuador 2 years ago, we say starving, breeding, neglected animals everywhere.We say sick kittens shoved into small cages in markets, with no food/water. I confronted a woman selling such kittens (she also had a puppy and chickens in small cages), and I told her in Spanish that I was going to the "policia." We took photos, and visited other "agropecurias" with the same conditions. We did make brief contact with the local, very poor animal shelter (in Cuenca), and helped them with a donation & asked what we could do for them when we returned home. We tried to keep in touch, but never heard from them again, as e-mails and phone calls were not answered. I will always have those images in my mind. If going to Ecuador, or other South American countries, try to take photos of such incidents, and contact the local tourism bureau, with your complaint and stating that you cannot visit that country again & why. It might help if enough people do it. I plan to do a Care 2 petition on this issue soon.

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