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Stephen McGarva is the kind of guy who moved to Puerto Rico to seek out a life of adventure. Instead, he found this:
"The horse looked like it had been blown open, its blood, sinews, and viscera scattered across the white sand. Through the cloud of swarming flies, I saw movement inside the obliterated torso. A small puppy lazily stretched out its legs amid the entrails. It had crawled inside the dead horse to fend off the morning chill. I reached into the mare's carcass and grabbed the puppy. She wiggled and squeaked as she looked up into my eyes, surprised to see me. A sickly-sweet blood and horse smell wafted off of her. She yawned and nosed my damp hand."
So began another typical day at Playa Lucia, or what came to be known as "Dead Dog Beach." McGarva came to be known as the "crazy gringo" who spent thousands of dollars, and every moment of his waking time, helping and healing hundreds of abused stray dogs, and eventually trying to find them homes in the U.S. McGarva's crusade drew both wanted and unwanted attention, and he writes about it in his new book, "The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach: One Man's Quest to Find a Home for the World's Forgotten Animals."
This segment aired on August 29, 2014.