DEAD DOG BEACH
The Lost Souls of
There are 250,000 stray dogs in Puerto Rico, a US Commonwealth the size of Connecticut.
These stray dogs are called “Satos” by locals. They live short lives of neglect and abuse.
Dead Dog Beach is located on the South-East coast of the island. Dogs are dumped on the isolated beach every day.
Dead Dog Beach is the last resting place of many Satos who die at the hand of men: gang rituals, target practice, cars running over them. The list of abuse is endless.
Volunteering for The Sato Project, a dog rescue group based in New York City, I followed the dogs of Dead Dog Beach for over a year.
Some of them made it, lots of them did not. Their faces still haunt me.
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