People in Tekax seeking justice, as dogs are poisoned

Many dog owners in Yucatán see no problem with allowing their pets to run around town without supervision. Photo: File
Many dog owners in Yucatán see no problem with allowing their pets to run around town without supervision. Photo: File

Residents of Tekax Yucatán are reporting that someone has purposefully been poisoning dogs in their community.

Local woman, Marisol Gutierrez, took photographs of an unidentified man collecting the bodies of five dead dogs and loading them onto a pickup truck. 

The identity of the man pictured in the graphic photographs remains unknown.

“I felt awful, I did not know what to do. This is not the first time that someone has tried to poison my dog, but sadly, this time there was nothing I could do,” said Gutierrez.

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A group of residents said they have filed a complaint with the state prosecutor’s office, who will be investigating the case. 

Persons found to have caused mortal injury to domestic animals in Yucatán are liable for prison terms of up to 2 years and fines of up to 49,200 MXP.

No motive has been ascribed to the poisoning of the animals, but many some in the community, such as a man identifying as Chesco Basto, noted that dogs in Tekax are known to be extremely noisy and likely to attack passersby. 

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.