Thursday, December 30, 2010

Helping The Individual Rescuer- HSTJ Successes and Challenges

One of the goals of HSTJ is to help individual rescuers. Each year, HSTJ distributes tons of food along with medicines, medical shampoos, flea/ tick treatments, and de-worming preparations to independent TJ rescuers who are taking in street animals. HSTJ also provides free and low cost spay and neuter clinic for the animals of these dedicated people, many of whom live very modestly and yet are willing to share their resources with the animals who desperately need their help. Many find homes for their rescues after successfully rehabilitating the animals. However some, while having good intentions, actually end up creating horrible situations by “collecting” animals from the streets without an adequate plan for housing, medical treatment, and general care; not to mention the need to spay and neuter and find homes for them. This year, 2009-2010 has been an especially challenging year because of two such large cases involving hundreds of dogs.

The most challenging of the two cases involves an elderly individual who has been “collecting “ animals off the streets for several years and housing them in an abandoned hotel. He was one of the first in Tijuana to actually start an animal protection organization many years ago; however, through the years, this particular operation has come under question by many private rescuers, neighbors, volunteers working at the site and HSTJ as well. Through the years, nobody has been successful in getting the authorities to intervene. HSTJ has, on several occasions, offered to visit the “hotel” to treat the animals for parasites, evaluate the condition of the animals and remove those needing urgent attention. We were denied access by the owner. Fortunately, this year, one of the volunteers working at the site took matters in hand and asked for our help in the form of food, medicines, hygiene supplies, and flea/ tick treatments so that they might be able to continue to work inside the “hotel” and reform some of the conditions that exit. HSTJ is supplying all the requested items. We were also able to get photos and video of the conditions and it was even worse than anticipated. The person is what we call a “hoarder” of sick and injured dogs who are living in abominable conditions; many in cages for so long that they are too weak to stand and living in filth. Many are diseased and/or wounded. It is a real nightmare.

We tried to convince the owner to allow us to take some of the animals most in need of medical care, e.g., those suffering and dying without medical attention. Unfortunately and under Mexican law we cannot force the owner to surrender the animals. Also, knowing that we would not get much attention from the authorities, HSTJ took a licensed veterinarian and an investigative reporter from Tijuana’s El Mexicano newspaper to the site which resulted in convincing the owner to surrender 17 animals to the women who were volunteering at the site and who then turned them over to HSTJ and other rescuers standing by to receive the animals. A long and graphically detailed article appeared in the paper and did get some reaction from the public; but , to date, the authorities still have not intervened. HSTJ continues to supply the volunteers at the site with food, medications, cleaning supplies, and misc items. HSTJ has also embarked on a public information campaign and continues to ask that the authorities intervene and allow rsponsible rescuers to remove the animals from the site.

For those who read Spanish, see the following copy of the El Mexicano article that reported on the conditions at the dog hotel run by Alejandro [Alex] Iñigo in downtown Tijuana and which is entitled “Dogs Surviving in Hell.”

Sobreviven perros al infierno
Por
Jose Israel IBARRA GONZALEZ / EL MEXICANO lunes, 01 de noviembre de 2010
Se publicó en: Edición impresa

TIJUANA.- Encerrados atrás de los cuartos de un antiguo motel de la calle Bugambilias en el fraccionamiento Del Prado, fueron descubiertos más de 60 perros con sarna, enfermedades venereas, desnutridos y golpeados. Este domingo 31 de octubre un grupo de voluntarios pudo rescatar a 17 de un sufrimiento que no se le puede desear a ningún ser vivo.

La cita fue a las 12 del día frente al hospital que lleva el nombre de la colonia, ahí estuvo la señora Victoria Bravo, una voluntaria de San Diego que conoció del caso después de leer un artículo en un periódico estadounidense.

Antes de entrar fue necesario utilizar un cubrebocas para evitar respirar el olor al excremento con sangre de los canes, así como protegerse del contagio de enfermedades virales, pues nunca han sido atendidos por un veterinario.

En las manos y en los pies fue necesario rociar un líquido para evitar que las garrapatas y las pulgas se acercaran mientras eran sacados los 17 perros que fueron trasladados en 2 pick ups a un predio en la colonia El Soler para ser curados por los voluntarios, el objetivo era llevarse los más posibles.

El hombre que los tiene encerrados se llama Alejandro Íñigo, que está encargado de administrar un estacionamiento ubicado en las derruídas instalaciones del otrora motel. Alega con Vicky Bravo que se están llevando más de los 12 perros que habían acordado, pero otro de los voluntarios se apresura a subir un par más.

El rescate

Para ingresar a la parte trasera de los cuartos hay que pasar por un pasillo sucio donde se encuentra amarrada una perra brava que intenta safarse de una cadena, mientras tanto los voluntarios se apuran a sacar a los animales que están en las mejores condiciones, los que puedan salvarse, el resto de los canes intentan salirse cuando abren las puertas pero no se pueden llevar a todos.

Antes de entrar a las jaulas improvisadas con tela de alambre, donde tienen cajas de triplay con huecos para que duerman, está una gran tina con desperdicios, es la comida que destinarán al resto de los animales, que pelean por comer y mantener un espacio en medio de un total hacinamiento.

Alejandro Íñigo, dice ser el presidente de la Asociación Pro Derecho de los Animales, un bandera que para nada se cumple en esta perrera de “enfermedad, sufrimiento y muerte” que está ubicada frente un hospital donde pueden volar las enfermedades. La operación de rescate no tarda más de 30 minutos.

“Apenas lo pudimos convencer de sacar a 12 perros, pero alcanzamos rescatar a 17”, señala la señora Bravo, una vez que se salió del lugar.

Íñigo -dicen los voluntarios- pide dinero para la manutención de los animales, una situación que no cumple, ya que los tiene en condiciones pésimas; además que no están castrados, por lo que se reproducen y los cachorros mueren, en medio de la inmundicia de las instalaciones de tierra.

Maltrato Animal

La “World Society for the Protection of Animals” utiliza en su campaña global en contra de la crueldad animal un pasaje que dimensiona la importancia de los seres vivos: “Cierto día en que Gandhi predicaba, uno de sus discípulos le preguntó: Maestro ¿Quién es mi prójimo? El generoso Mahatma le respondió: “Todo lo que respira es tu prójimo”.

Carlos Chacón, gerente regional de Educación de WSPA para México, Centroamérica y el Caribe, explicó en su reciente visita a Tijuana, que a cualquier animal en cautiverio hay que garantizarse 5 libertades, que son estar: 1)libre de hambre y sed; 2) libre de incomodidades; 3) libre de dolor, heridas y enfermedades; 4) libre de miedo y estrés; y 5) libre para expresar su comportamiento natural.

En el caso “Bugambilias” los perros no cumplen con ninguna de estas condiciones, sin embargo, nunca una autoridad ha entrado a verificar lo que está sucediendo, como ocurrió en el caso “Coward” en febrero de 2009 cuando fue descubierta una perrera clandestina donde tenían a 157 canes en condicines deplorables para cualquier ser viviente.

La WSPA (Sociedad Mundial para la Protección de los Animales) tienen 15 oficinas regionales a nivel global, con 1012 sociedades incorporadas en 156 países; tiene un estatus consultivo en Naciones Unidas, Consejo de Europa, Organización Mundial de la Salud y la Organización Mundial de la Sanidad Animal.

Al gerente Carlos Chacón se le preguntó ¿por qué se da la crueldad hacia los animales? -como sucede en el caso “Bugambilias”- Y respondió que es por la ignorancia; un círculo de violencia; el egocentrismo y el antropocentrismo; los antivalores y el irrespeto a la vida.

Para cambiar esa realidad es necesario tener una legislación para la protección y el bienestar animal, sin embargo, señaló que en el caso de México la ley es muy laxa, los “delincuentes” sólo reciben amonestaciones pequeñas y los jueces dejan para lo último este tipo de casos de violencia animal, debido a que tienen otros problemas que consideran más graves.

Por esa razón la WSPA trabaja en proyectos de campo, desarrollo de sociedades miembro, además de campañas de concientización y educación, en las que se abordan desde los ámbitos formal y no formal, con conocimientos y valores.

Casos encontrados

Uno de los perros encontrados en la perrera clandestina este pasado día de Halloween no tenía una quijada, un dolor que le hace provocar gemidos constantes de sufrimiento; otro caso es el de una perra con TVT (Tumor Venéreo Trasmisible).

Este último caso consiste en una serie de células tumorales que se contagian por contacto sexual. Este tumor -que se contó con la oportunidad de fotografiarlo-, se desarrolla mediante una proliferación de tejido, en este caso, en los genitales, invadiéndolos tanto interna como externamente.

Existen dos clases de tratamientos, uno quirúrgico y otro farmacológico, pudiendo en ciertas ocasiones realizarse ambos tratamientos simultáneos. Aunque en este caso el animal se quedó por el temor de que contagiara a los otros 17 rescatados.

Aunque no deja secuelas una vez curado, el tratamiento farmacológico, mientras se está realizando puede producir algún trastorno a nivel hepático o a nivel de la piel y tejido subcutáneo, pero una vez finalizado el mismo, se recupera perfectamente, excepto que la mascota responda mal al mismo, pudiendo sufrir un shock en cualquier momento.

Estos son algunos de los muchos casos que están ahí adentro, en el antiguo motel del fraccionamiento Del Padro y la calle Bugambilias, perros que están espera de ser rescatados de ese “infierno viviente”, señaló la voluntaria norteamericana Vicky Bravo.

Agregó que los interesados en adoptar a los perros rescatados o darles medicamento o comida, pueden escribirle a su correo vbravo6289@yahoo.com, en donde les dará la información necesaria.

Alertó para que ningún tijuanense continúe llamando a Íñigo para entregarle dinero o perros, porque sólo es condenarlos al sufrimiento constante, que ya quedó demostrado tras este rescate.

Violencia que genera violencia

Pero la crueldad animal va más allá que el simple maltrato, una investigación realizada por Sthephen Kellert Ph.D. y Alan Felthous M.D., acerca de la “crueldad infantil con los animales” y la relación con los futuros criminales -llevada a cabo en las prisiones de Kansas y Connecticut en Estados Unidos-, sugiere que la agresión entre los delincuentes adultos puede ser fuertemente correlacionada con la historia de abuso familiar y crueldad infantil con las mascotas.

Los resultados del estudio fueron dados por el gerente regional Carlos Chacón en Tijuana durante un curso otorgado en el Centro de la Cultura de la Legalidad a profesores que educarán a sus alumnos para evitar el fenómeno.

“La crueldad infantil con los animales es un indicador potencial de relaciones familiares problemáticas y futuro comportamiento antisocial y agresivo”, dijo.

Chacón explicó que trabajan porque exista un trato ético hacia los animales, para que cuando una persona decida tener una mascota de compañía sea para darle las garantías de una buena vida y que no la vaya dejarla abandonada, cayendo en manos de “supuestos” benefactores como sucede en el caso “Bugambilias”. (iig)

HSTJ's December Itchy Scratchy Clinics

In December, HSTJ held one Itchy Scratchy Clinic on December 7, 2010 in the Colonia Buenos Aires

53 animals were dewormed and treated against fleas and ticks this day

48 dogs
7 cats

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Yappy Hour at La Jolla Brewhouse

Thank you to all who came out to the December 14th holiday Yappy Hour at the La Jolla Brewhouse! So many adorable and festive costmes, both human and canine! Santa and Mrs Claus even made an appearance!


Thank you Bruce for volunteering yoiur time totake some great photos with Santa.

All in all, a great time and for a great cause. Through the raffle, we raised money for HSTJ's spay and neuter clinics!



Congratulations to Tom Thibault, the winner of the Rescue 400 Club drawing!

To view all of the photos from the Yappy Hour visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157626103558182/

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday Yappy Hour - Eat, Drink & Be Merry with Your Dog!!

Join Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana for a festive Holiday Event at the La Jolla Brewhouse, Tuesday December 14th from 5-8p.m.!


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza or simply the joy of eating, drinking, and being merry, especially with your favorite canine friend, you should come on out to this pet friendly event.

The holidays are here! Get in the spirit for a fun and charitable event! Holiday attire is welcomed, who said Halloween was the only time for costumes? Santa and his elves will be attending as well. Photos with Santa with your fur babies will be offerred, only $5, which includes one beer or wine - all proceeds to benefit HSTJ's spay/neuter programs!

Great giveaways, a raffle to include prizes from Whole Foods, restaurant certificates, Theatre Tickets, and more!

The La Jolla Brewhouse has a pet-friendly patio and in addition to the great drink and food specials, will be offering a canine menu for your favorite canine friend.

La Jolla Brewhouse is located at 7536 Fay Ave in La Jolla, CA 92037. The phone number is 858-456-6279

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Donate a Dog House this Holiday Season

These winter months are cold! Do you have a dog house that you are not using or would like to donate? The majority of animals in Mexico will be surviving outside and many of them will go without shelter during these winter months. Donate a dog house and we will deliver it to a dog in need in Tijuana. Email Nicole@friendsofhstj.org for more information.

You know it is cold when cats and dogs will share a dog house just to get warm!! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HSTJ's November Itchy Scratchy Clinics

During the month of November, 3 Itchy Scratchy Clinics were conducted treating a total of 149 dogs and 18 cats. That is 167 animals!

To view the pictures from these clinic click http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157625320480827/

The November 6th clinic was held in the Canyon Ruben Amaya. -Animals treated: 62 dogs and four cats.
-Volunteers attending at this clinic: Lety, Luis Mondragon, Karlita and Lisette.

The November 13th clinic was held in the Colonia Libertad (HSTJ's first time in this industrial part of TJ) -Animals treated:48 dogs and nine cats.

The November 27th clinic was held in Segunda Meza Treating 39 Dogs and 5 cats.
-Special cases: The first furry pet we were brought was in very bad shape. He was a young brown and white pup. His owner, Marisol mentioned that he had been vomiting and having diarrhea, so her aunt wa giving him aspirin several times a day. Lety immediately sent them to a vet located close by for any diagnosis and possible treatment. This is just an example of how some people in Mexico weren't accustomed to vet visits, thinking that because of the cost, it would be unrealistic to even bother. But now most that live in or around the areas where we hold Itchy-Scratchy Clinics, begin to ask around for reputable, yet low-cost vet clinics, in order to complement the treatment their pets have already received with us.

Yet another special case was that of "Mamut", a little black pooch with a severe case of mange and several lacerations on his body. Volunteer Lety made sure that he not only received direct treatment for his condition, but also follow-up visits are to be done until he has made a full recovery.

We were also brought a whole family of dogs that had a severe case of mange. The mommy along with her five puppies, as with any other four-legged visitor, recieved the full I.S. treatment for: mange, worms, fleas, ticks, ear-mite, teeth cleaning, nails clipped, doggy vitamins and were also given a full supply of pet food. Stay tuned for updates about his recovery.

These Wonderful Dogs are Still Looking for the Furever Homes

Mitzy needs a home where she'll be included as part of the family. She is social and loves kids. She knows many tricks such as "paw", "shake", "sit", "down", "stay", "come" "stop" and "leave it". She sleeps in her den (crate) and goes there to nap through out the day.


Mitzy loves to be walked and to go to Fiesta Island and other dog beaches where she can run free.

Mitzy is a 2 year old female shephard, terrier mix.



Johnny is 5 yr. old bulldog, Shar-Pei, terrier mx....based on his looks and adorable bulldog under bite. He is wonderful with adults and children. He would make an incredible therapy dog because kids just seem to come out of their shell when he is around. He is good with other dogs and has not been tested with cats. He would love nothing more than to chase a ball or to just cuddle with you on a sofa and relax....he is a very mellow guy. He does great in the car and is very good on the leash. Wherever you are, that is where he wants to be! Contact Nicole@friendsofhstj.org  if interested


 Sammy is a super sweet and loveable guy, a 2 year old terrier mix, he is 44 pounds.  Sammy is looking for an active person who is able to give him the love and attention that he deserves. He has lifetime training at Snug Pet Resort, he is potty trained, walks well on a leash, can heal and knows his basic commands! Doesn't he sound perfect?!?
Do you have it in your heart to take sammy home with you?
As you will recall Sammy was rescued from the streets of Tijuana as a puppy and it was discovered that he had limited sight, you would not know it with how he chases butterflies in the yard and runs with the other dogs.
Sammy was adopted into a home, however due to difficult times, Sammy is needing to be immediately re-homed.

Read Sammy's story of rescue http://friendsofhumanesocietydetijuana.blogspot.com/2009/12/sammys-story.html

Izzy is a 10 month old female wire haired terrier schnauzer mix. She loves to cuddle and play ball and would make a wonderful addition to any family. Meet Izzy this Sunday! Contact Christy@friendsofhstj.org for more information.