87.8 F
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Dog rescue begins in Chichen Itza archeological zone

Government cooperates with private groups to control the population, treat ailing animals

Latest headlines

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.
Yucatán Magazine
Yucatán Magazine has the inside scoop on living here. Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox every week.
A stray dogs at Chichen Itza makes a friend. Photo: Cultur

Stray dogs roaming Chichen Itza will be cared for under a program that began Monday.

Mauricio Diaz Montalvo of Cultur and representatives of four non-governmental organizations, accompanied by INAH, announced the Operacion Rescate de Perritos de Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza Dog Rescue Operation) at the famous archaeological zone.

“It is a matter of sustainability that we attend as requested by the governor, Mauricio Vila Dosal, and we thank civil society for their effort and contribution, so that together we can find the best solution to this issue,” Diaz Montalvo said Monday.

After an extensive tour of the area to locate the stray dogs, the pro-animal groups agreed to carry out a “Comprehensive Rescue Plan” that defines, step by step and with precise timing, what should be done to achieve the best results for people, for the area and for the animals themselves.

The animal-shelter group Adopta, represented by Natalia Uprimng; Azalia May Ceballos, from Cinco Patas; Lourdes Duran, from Perpopolis; and Planned Pethood‘s director Antonio Rios were present for the initial search of the grounds, along with archaeologist Juan Octavio Juárez Rodríguez, an expert in Chichen Itza’s landscape.

The rescue plan involves capturing the dogs, diagnosing any illnesses and treating them accordingly. Some will be offered for adoption.

Some dogs will be allowed to stay, but they must be friendly and wear collars. They will also be sterilized.

Dogs had been fairly absent from the site for about 15 years until about six months ago. Compassionate merchants and tourists fed them, encouraging the perro population to grow. The stray-dog situation is under control at the moment, but authorities are guarding against overpopulation.

The strays prey on iguanas and other small animals, sometimes racing up the steps of the Castillo de Chichén to catch them. But they have not caused any damage at the site, INAH said.

During the tour, the first dog they found was Hookah, a friendly INAH staff mascot. “This dog can stay here without any problem,” one of the officials said.

Then they ran into a puppy they called Bisquit, who had a benign, treatable tumor on his neck. Three other smaller pups by the Sacred Cenote fled when authorities tried to leave them food.

While similar stray-dog situations also occur in virtually all of Yucatan’s archeological sites, the operation at Chichen Itza is the first of its kind.

“We are going to work where INAH allows us,” said the director general of Cultur.

Source: La Jornada Maya

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...

Expats in Mexico face impossible deadline to comply with new tax law

Taxpayers in Mérida wait for their numbers to be called at the SAT office. Photo: File A tax...

What is the Loop Current and how does it affect hurricanes on the Yucatán Peninsula?

A current of warm tropical water is looping unusually far into the Gulf of Mexico for this time of year, with the power to turn tropical storms into monster hurricanes.

Izamal revamps its infrastructure while seeking investment

A walking tour of Izamal includes Mayor Warnel May Escobar and Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal. Photo: Courtesy

Mexico looks to its southern neighbors for investment and international cooperation

Historically Mexico’s economic footprint regarding its neighbors to the south has been negligible at best, aside from a few large corporations such as Banco Azteca and Bimbo. 

Activists in Mérida observe International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Trans pride flag flies over the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Photo: Courtesy Jornada Maya

The Most Famous Mexican Mathematicians

Photo by Nothing Ahead via Pexels By James Collins The subject of mathematics can be...

Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccine contracts to remain a state secret until 2025

The true cost of Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will not be known until well after the next round of federal elections....