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City of Playa del Carmen rescues six dogs after neighbor complaint of animal abuse

Playa del Carmen, Q. R. — Six dogs were removed from a private Playa del Carmen home Sunday night after complaints of animal abuse. In a joint operation between the Ministry of Sustainable Environment and Public Security, the six dogs were rescued from the home in central Playa del Carmen.

María de Lourdes Várguez Ocampo, the Secretary of Sustainable Environment explained that their rescue was the result of a neighbor complaint more than two weeks ago.

Neighbors reported the dogs living in crates. María de Lourdes Várguez Ocampo says Mayor Lili Campos has a zero animal abuse policy. After a police investigation, they were able to get a court order that allowed them to rescued the dogs.

“The complaint was filed approximately 15 days ago and the Prosecutor’s Office instructed us to recover these animals, so we acted very carefully. The support of Public Security and Cebiam was requested and we managed to carry out an organized and strategic operation in order to recover the dogs,” Várguez Ocampo explained.

The person responsible for the alleged animal abuse is subject to investigation and a fine. She said the dogs found were purebreds, so they are looking to see if it was a puppy mill situation.

“We are taking all the necessary steps to determine if it is a matter of pet reproduction,” she said.

Lourdes Várguez Ocampo urged citizens to report animal abuse (984 259 5050) in order to be able to rescue them.

“We need society to be our eyes, and if they see any situation of animal abuse of any kind, let us know,” she said.