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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Toni W
Toni W2 months ago


Toni W
Toni W2 months ago


Irene S
Irene S2 months ago

What kind of human would hurt such a little dog? I´m so glad, she recovered!

Sue H
Sue H2 months ago

Still a terrible story with a fantastic ending.

Margaret S
Margaret S2 months ago

How could anyone look into Fuerte's gentle eyes & inflict such horrific injury, these cruel thugs will continue their depraved cruelty to animals so must be found. Thank God for the people who brought her to the wonderful vets who performed miracles in saving her. May she find a wonderful loving home.

Leanne K
Leanne K2 months ago

Horrific injuries

Ruth S
Ruth S4 months ago


Peggy B
Peggy B4 months ago


Isabella Slominska
Isabella Slominskaabout a year ago

Thank God for the Playa Animal Rescue and the kind souls helping to save the poor abused animals. Get well and stay strong Fuerte and may you now have a wonderful life, away from suffering.

Ake Lindberg
Ake Lindberg2 years ago

Well done all rescuers!