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September 4, 2015

Dogs and Wild Birds Rescued from a Farm in Coronado, Costa Rica

Animals are receiving the veterinary medical treatment for future adoption and release

Humane Society International/Latin America

  • The dogs were found in overcrowded conditions, with pregnant females lacking proper food, clean water and veterinary care. HSI

  • All animals were handed over voluntarily to authorities. HSI

  • Some of birds were in very poor health, especially the parrots. HSI

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Rescuers saved 11 beagles, four Chihuahuas and two American Staffordshire terriers from a puppy mill. Rescuers also seized 37 wild birds and two parrots who were believed to be for sale.

Humane Society International/ Latin America and the National Animal Health Service of Costa Rica (SENASA) participated in the rescue. The adult dogs were found in overcrowded conditions, pregnant females lacked proper food, clean water and veterinary care. Some of birds were in very poor health, especially the parrots which had a severe deformity and atrophy in the legs as a result of their inadequate living conditions. All animals were handed over voluntarily to authorities, who acted in response to reports of inadequate conditions in which they were kept in a house outside the city of Coronado.

Due to poor conditions and overcrowding in which the animals were found, rescuers seized them and took the animals to the Humanitarian Association for Animal Protection animal shelter in the province of Heredia. There a team of veterinarians are examining and providing necessary medical treatment to the dogs and birds. Many of the animals showed signs of malnutrition –they were allegedly fed only pasta - and many had skin conditions that required specialized care. HSI/Latin America will help cover the cost of the surgery and recovery and will follow up the adoption process.

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Cynthia Dent, HSI/Latin America regional director, said: "We are happy once again to coordinate with SENASA and AHPPA to rescue these animals from such deplorable conditions. The dogs will be spayed or neutered and placed in new loving homes. The birds will be rehabilitated and cared for by professionals. We hope that the suffering these animals endured for so long will soon be a distant memory. ”

Lic. Patricia Madrigal, deputy minister of Environment and Energy, said: "Wild animals are not dependent on humans to survive. Wildlife is a public domain; they don’t belong to any individual Costa Rican. The Law of Wildlife Conservation prohibits the possession of wild animals in private hands. Therefore it is necessary that such actions are performed accompanied by awareness campaigns on the problems facing wildlife in our country. "

Dr. Laura Loaiza, program coordinator of Animal Welfare Small Species of SENASA urges people not to buy pets in puppy mills. "Puppy mills are places that breed animals for trade focusing only on economic profits and not on the welfare of animals. Dogs are bred in poor conditions, often in small cages with little or no attention, no exercise and lack of veterinary care. "

Media Contacts:

In Costa Rica: Cynthia Dent, cdent@hsi.org, (506) 2233-0303
In the U.S: Raúl Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org, +1 (301) 721-6440

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