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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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3:12AM PDT on Jul 8, 2014

People are so mean.

1:56PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

I am so glad this dear dog is doing well now.

9:34AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Thanks for saving Fuerte!

6:00AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

a happy ending

3:12AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

poor dog i am happy it got better for the puppy

8:53PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

lucky dog

6:05AM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Good story.

7:44PM PDT on May 13, 2014

Poor puppy, thanks for being there.

9:32AM PDT on May 13, 2014

I'm so glad that little Fuerte was saved. Bless the woman and her 2 sons who brought her to the shelter!!! Very kind people! But to the horrible person who attacked her I wish he/she will some day soon die a very nasty violent death. What kind of people would do such things to an innocent and harmless animal???! Only monsters!!!

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.

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