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January 21, 2015

SENASA’s Central Metropolitan Region Rescues Nearly 400 Dogs in 2014

Department addressed more than 1,200 animal welfare complaints last year; Humane Society International and American Stafford Costa Rica helped recued dogs find new homes

Humane Society International/Latin America

  • A dog is seen during a hoarding rescue operation on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Desamparados, Costa Rica. The HSUS worked with HSI to rescue 12 cats and 5 dogs from the home of an elderly woman unable to care for them. Kent Gilbert/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States

  • Dogs receive socialization classes at a dogfighting rehabilitation center on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in San Rafael de Alajuela, Costa Rica. HSI works with American Stafford Costa Rica to rehabilitate the dogs through socialization and training. Kent Gilbert/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States

  • A rescued cat is seen during a hoarding rescue operation on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Desamparados, Costa Rica. The HSUS worked with HSI to rescue 12 cats and 5 dogs from the home of an elderly woman unable to care for them. Kent Gilbert/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States

  • A rescued pit bull type dog at a dogfighting rehabilitation center on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in San Rafael de Alajuela, Costa Rica. HSI works with American Stafford Costa Rica to rehabilitate the dogs through socialization and training. Kent Gilbert/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States

  • Two French teacup poodles rescued from an illegal puppy mill in the province of Cartago, Costa Rica on August 7, 2014. 18 dogs were rescued during the operation. Amanda Chaves for Humane Society International

The Central Metropolitan Region from Costa Rica’s National Animal Health Department seized 390 dogs, including 213 American stafford or pit bull type dogs in 2014, according to a report issued by the department. Through partnerships between Humane Society International, American Stafford Costa Rica and SENASA, 80 percent of the dogs were placed under responsible adoption in 2014. Around 70 percent of the more than 1,200 complaints received by the department in 2014 were on animal welfare.

Dr. Allan Sanchez, director of the Central Metropolitan Region of SENASA, said: "Our region has the greatest number of complaints received at a national level, which is why we have established partnerships with organizations like Humane Society International/Latin America, which are vital to address these cases and provide a second opportunity to dogs seized in situations of neglect, abuse, severe malnutrition and criminal purposes."

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Cynthia Dent, regional director of HSI/Latin America, said: "Since 2012, SENASA and Humane Society International/Latin America have been devoted to the fight against the dogfighting industry in Costa Rica. We commend the excellent work done last year to combat dogfighting and we rejoice the results. We reiterate our commitment to continue helping SENASA and local organizations in addressing these crimes". 

Experts evaluated each animal to determine whether he or she could be placed for adoption. Prior to their adoption, animals were spay/neutered, dewormed, received veterinary medical attention and, in certain cases, received rehabilitation.

The Central Region’s coverage area encompasses 116 districts with a population of about a million and a half inhabitants (urban and rural). The report covers achievements made from Jan. 1 to Dec. 1, 2014.

Media Contact:
Raúl Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org, +1 (301) 721-6440

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