The residents of Buenos Aires and La Plata were left in shock last week after flash floods killed 54 people and forced a further 4,000 people to evacuate their homes.
A WSPA response team was deployed to the field to assess what could be done to assist local communities in treating injured animals. On reaching the field, they found a large number of animals wandering through the flooded streets suffering from hunger and dehydration.
“A few days in into our trip we arrived in El Carmen, a community in La Plata where we found Luna, a mare that had been stolen from her owners and viciously attacked. Her captors had cut her mane to make her less recognizable and attempted to kill her for meat, before she luckily managed to escape Having been missing for 6 days, Luna miraculously managed to find her way home to her owners, who were overjoyed to be reunited with her. Despite returning home, Luna had suffered serious injuries so we took her to the Veterinary Faculty of La Plata University where she could receive the best medical care. Since then she has showed signs of improvement and we hope she will be able to return back
to her owners soon”.
The WSPA response team will continue to help animals like Luna over the next two weeks as they aim to provide veterinary care, food and vaccination to around 800 working horses and approx. 1,300 cats and dogs. A series of public service announcements will focus on helping people to cope with the floods and protect themselves from the spread of disease.