Lifeline tossed to flood victims

Pets rescued from Venezuelan floods

source: The Animals' Agenda March-April 2000 p10

Venezuela was hit by floods in December 1999, and over 30,000 people died. Pets were also affected, some buried, others caged with no food, or left wandering. Ricardo Rodriguez, a rescue volunteer, set to work to help pets after the teams helping humans had left. He rescued around 80 dogs, and released monkeys and parrots. He argued that animals had rights, as well as humans.