Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Puerto Rico's Stray Dogs

Some visitors to Puerto Rico are leaving with an unusual souvenir — one of the thousands of scrappy abandoned dogs that roam the island’s beaches.

Hundreds of abandoned canines are being scooped up and flown to the U.S.: some by tourists unexpectedly touched by their plight, others as part of an expensive organized rescue effort.

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Puerto Rican officials have launched a campaign to improve the treatment of animals after the allegations in October that dozens of cats and dogs were hurled to their deaths from a bridge.

The island will build new shelters and create animal protection units within every police department, said Terestella Gonzalez Denton, executive director of the island’s tourism department.

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This is a good example of bad things happening being used for good.

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