Stray Dog Pack in Puerto Rico Thought to Be Killed in Hurricane Maria

Posted by Jason Sarna
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Image via New York Post

A group of dogs that ran wild on "Dead Dog Beach" in Puerto Rico were believed to be washed away during Hurricane Maria.

According to the New York Post, Christina Beckles, a New Yorker who founded a nonprofit to save the slum dogs of Puerto Rico, flew to the island after the hurricane to assist her staff at the Sato Project and whatever dogs they could help.

"Once the hugs and tears were over, the first thing we all wanted to do was go to the beach to look for our feral dogs," Beckles wrote on Facebook. "Sadly, we did not find them and our hearts are heavy with the reality upon seeing the utter devastation at the beach - they did not survive."

Now, accounts are saying that isn't necessarily true. The Sato Project did end up rescuing 60 dogs from the island.

60 lives saved thanks to you! We did it. Thanks for keeping us #satostrong. 📸@myers713

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The hurricane hit directly on Dead Dog Beach in Yabucoa. Beckles was told by a security guard for the hotel at the beach that the dogs "were screaming in terror." And while some dogs in the stray pack most likely did not survive the hurricane, the exact numbers are unknown. 

Beckles said that throughout the tragedy, the sense of community is heartening.

"The majority of people are coming together and helping each other. Neighbors are the ones cleaning the streets and moving debris," she wrote by email.

Although people are coming together, Beckles said the island is in need of much help. The island of 3.4 million people is still without electricity and water.

"It's a war zone," Beckles said by email. "There is no power or water. We are under curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Food is becoming scarce and people are getting desperate. Looting has already begun. The lines to get gas are seven to ten hours long."

The mayor of San Juan has warned people to stay indoors and not violate the curfew for their own safety.

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Stray Dog Pack in Puerto Rico Thought to Be Killed in Hurricane Maria