About 205 abandoned dogs were flown from Puerto Rico to the United States mainland in an attempt to alleviate overcrowding on the island. Hundreds of these rescued dogs landed in Florida after being moved from two shelters in Puerto Rico. They all faced a bleak future at animal shelters in Puerto Rico, where overcrowding results in many dogs being euthanized.
Fortunately, that changed on Wednesday, as 205 abandoned dogs were transferred to the United States mainland by animal welfare volunteers in an attempt to relieve the load. These dogs were transported to the United States by animal welfare volunteers on Wednesday because the island's territory has been struggling with dog congestion for years due to factors such as low-funded shelters and low spaying and neutering rates.
According to Kimberly Alboum, the Director of Policy engagement and shelter outreach for the Humane Society of the United States. ‘The shelters in Puerto Rico have no choice.’ ‘They run out of rooms and, unfortunately, they have to euthanize for space. It’s heartbreaking for the staff and it is devastating because all these animals are adoptable.’
Activists in Puerto Rico and the mainland are working to resolve the problem and say there are signs of improvement. A sign has been placed outside the kennel for Reed's House Gate kennel, a female Sheperd mix, which gives some details about it at the Animal Shelter Animal Shelter.
It is common to see a pack of what local refer to as “Satos” roaming through the communities of Puerto Rico, and one stretch of the coast near the town of Yabucoa became so renowned for abandoned and abused pets that it was called the Dead Dog Beach.