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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 .

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3:49AM PDT on Jul 4, 2015

We can't torture our friends

9:13AM PDT on Jul 3, 2015

Glad to hear that the poor pup is pulling through. Whatever jerk did this to her, I hope they have no problems with receiving a similar treatment, because that's what tends to happen in life.

2:06PM PDT on May 13, 2015


5:15PM PDT on May 11, 2015

So glad she Fuerte is doing so well and in safe hands now.

5:15PM PDT on May 11, 2015

Cruel bastard, adorable dog Fuerte.

9:53AM PDT on May 11, 2015

Lovely little dog, I am glad she is doing so well and hope she finds her forever home

9:22PM PST on Nov 5, 2014

I'm glad, that there was someone to help this poor dog and that she is doing well now.

12:24PM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

Great news that she is doing so well, the person who did this should be brought to justice. It never fails to amaze me that abused dogs go on to trust & love humans even though they have suffered so greatly at the hands of humans. Dogs are everything the human spirit should be...

6:09AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

Terrible things, really terrible. Fortuantely this has ended well. I hope so: I hope that fuerte found a good and loving home.

1:00PM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Thank you to the lady and her son who brought this dog to Playa Animal Rescue, and thank Playa Animal Rescue for helping the homeless, starving and abused animals in this area. May Fuerte live a long and much happier life.

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