Rescue Underway in Cozumel, Mexico for evicted dogs and cats

Eduardo arrived at the dump with “Gabacho”, the man who has lived at the dump for 20 years and taken care of many dogs and cats over those years. The dump has been taken over by a new company, and Gabacho and the animals were just evicted. Here’s what they found when they arrived:

The following is an update from Eduardo Santurtun, an International Fund for Animal Welfare veterinary team member working on the ground in Cozumel with our partner there, the Humane Society of Cozumel.

Monica and Eduardo talking with Gabacho about the bad news Eduardo arrived at the dump with “Gabacho”, the man who has lived at the dump for 20 years and taken care of many dogs and cats over those years. The dump has been taken over by a new company, and Gabacho and the animals were just evicted. Here’s what they found when they arrived:

“As soon as we arrived to the dump, the situation was extremely difficult because the last days Gabacho was visiting a friend in the city and when we arrived to the dump, he realized that the bulldozer destroyed his house and nothing was left. Days ago he took some of his belongings and the rest was taken by the police. Hence he was really sad.”

Eduardo sent over some photos, and we are awaiting an update on the plan to move the dogs from the dump area to the Humane Society of Cozumel shelter. Our goal is to find homes for all of the dogs and cats, and we’ve asked local officials to assist Gabacho. One of the team members had a video camera, so we hope to be able to put some footage of this unfortunate scene together to help better tell the story.

For more information on IFAW’s work to save animals in crisis and distress around the world, please visit: www.ifaw.org

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