Yes there is such a place and as its name states it is usually a last resting place for dogs and it is not a happy one. The dogs that die there usually die at the hand of man. Either by starvation, hacked by a machete, poisoned, deliberately run over with a car or ATV, used for gun or crossbow practice – the list of abuse is endless.
We are sorry to paint such a graphic picture. And the most horrific part is – that this beach exists in a commonwealth of the United States: Puerto Rico. A Tourist paradise that hides a horrific secret. There are approximately 250,000 stray dogs on the island – with only 5 shelters to care for them. The kill rate at these shelters is 99%. A dog is lucky to survive 48 hours if they are turned in to a shelter in Puerto Rico. Those who do not make it to a shelter face a far worse fate.
When Chrissy first started working on Dead Dog Beach almost 6 years ago, more than 300 dogs were ‘living’ there. That number is now down to 10. Unfortunately new dogs are dumped there every day. We are their ONLY source of food, fresh water and love and we give it on a daily basis.
The Dead Dog Beach Project aims to end the daily abuse and dumping of dogs on this beach. We have been endorsed by the Mayor of Yabucoa as the ‘Official Rescue Group’ of Dead Dog Beach. The Mayor has acknowledged our years of hard work and daily dedication which can be seen directly by the low number of dogs there currently. Signs have been placed in prominent view which state that the dogs on the beach are under the care of The Sato Project and animal abandonment and abuse is a Federal Offense and punishable to the fullest extent of the Law. The Sato Project is the ONLY rescue group that cares for the dogs of the beach on a daily basis.
The day that Dead Dog Beach is once again know by its official name, ‘Playa Lucia’, will mean victory for the dogs and for The Sato Project. We continue to fight every day for these beautiful angels of Puerto Rico.
We need YOUR help to run this project. Please donate what you can. $5 feeds a dog for a week; $500 gets them off the beach, fully vetted, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and ready to fly to the US to go into a home. Please donate whatever you can – The smallest amount makes a world of difference to a dog that has never known human kindness…