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Organization set up to protect animals fails, resignation demanded

Cancun, Q. R. – An official complaint has been made against the director of Centro de Atención Canina (CAC) for not preforming their role in protecting animals.

Sara Rincon Gallardo, president of the Asociación Protectora de Animales de Cancún, has asked for the official resignation of Mariana Cardos Fuentes, who is the current director of CAC. Gallardo says that Fuentes has failed to perform her duties or fulfilling the purpose of the role for which Gallardo founded the organization in 1992.

Gallardo said that a report of animal abuse was made to CAC, but since there was no response for three days, the case was channeled down through the humane society who took the call. The case involved a concerned citizen witnessing a dog being tied down and castrated with a knife.

Irving Dominguez Canul shared a video he had taken as evidence of the animal abuse. The video shows the dog being held down by a man and a woman while being castrated with a knife. After viewing the video, the dog was seized by officials from its owners and brought to a veterinarian where, despite a lot of blood loss, was stabilized and treated.

Gallardo says that aside from the necessary resignation of CAC’s current director, the Animal Welfare Act needs to be revised because it fails to define what sanctions are to be applied to those who commit crimes against animals. She says to date, no one has ever been imprisoned for animal abuse.

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