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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Ake Lindberg
Ake Lindberg1 months ago

Well done all rescuers!

Tony L.
Tony L.1 months ago

Well done to the wonderful people who helped rescue Fuerte and curses to the sad examples of human life who inflicted the pain

Amy Thompson
Amy Thompson1 months ago

This rescue is amazing! Kudos to them for their wonderful work, and damn the evil person who did this to Fuerte😡

Fi T.
Fi T.4 months ago

We can't torture our friends

Kamia C.
Kamia T.4 months ago

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.

elsa mossberg
elsa mossberg6 months ago


Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney6 months ago

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

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney6 months ago

Cruel bastard, adorable dog Fuerte.

Shirley Layfield
Shirley Layfield6 months ago

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

Olga Troyan
Olga Troyanabout a year ago

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