How One Woman Is Fighting To Save The Strays Of Puerto Rico's Notorious "Dead Dog Beach"
Puerto Rico is home to some of the best beaches, food and music in the Americas, but sadly it's also home to what may be one of the saddest things I've ever seen. On the southeastern coast of the island, hundreds of stray dogs wander around aimlessly, abandoned by former owners who often don't even stop the car as they kick them out and leave them to their fate. The beach that they are left is at the end of an abandoned stretch of road, so there's no doubt that the dogs didn't arrive willingly and were left there to die. As a result, the area has earned a tragic nickname - "Dead Dog Beach."
That's where Chrissy Beckles, an amateur boxer from Brooklyn, New York, comes in. Beckles is the founder of The Sato Project ("sato" is a stray dog in Puerto Rican slang), a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates abandoned and abused dogs found on Dead Dog Beach and eventually helps them find forever homes in the United States (mostly in the New York area). A former Golden Gloves boxer originally from the U.K., she says that whenever she boxes these days, it's inspired by the fight that these dogs have put up to survive.