Life was not easy in Puerto Rico. Sure, some of these stray pups lived on the beach and could come and go as they pleased, but life was tough on the streets.
For the stray dogs, knows as SATOs (which means mutt), life was wretched.
Thousands of dogs roam the streets and starve to death. Some are run over by cars. Others are callously set on fire by evil people. And some are even poisoned and their carcasses rot in the streets, according to the SPCA of Connecticut. Dogs that end up in shelters on the island are put to death.
Part of the problems arise from lax laws.
“There’s no pet registration law in Puerto Rico and little spaying or neutering, so animal shelters are overwhelmed and must kill many of the dogs they receive,” Victor Collazo, president of the island’s Association of Medical Veterinarians, told the Associate Press in 2007.
So, more than 70 homeless Puerto Rican dogs are hopping on a plane and coming to Connecticut in search of good homes.
They will all be at the SPCA of Connecticut’s Super Adoption Event in Stamford, Friday through Sunday, March 20-22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., where they will be put up for adoption.