Disabled rescue dog finds life after Dead Dog Beach

A Weimaraner left for dead in a notorious Puerto Rico dog-dumping district has found happiness with a new family in Massachusetts, USA. And despite his unique looks – the result of a medical condition – young Murray has become an internet sensation.

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Along the way, Murray lost two of his siblings to distemper. The virus’s effects still show in the healthy dog’s face today. But his perseverance has proved an inspiration to Weimaraners everywhere.

Beach of the unwanted

Sato Beach, in the municipality of Yabucoa on Puerto Rico’s south-eastern coast, has earned its terrible nickname – Dead Dog Beach – because so many people abandon their dogs there to die.

But Murray had other ideas.

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Along with his two siblings, he held out to be rescued by charity workers of The Sato Project. The organisation saves strays, who are many in number due to the nation’s troubled recent past. These dogs are known as ‘satos.’

“Since the devastation of Hurricane Maria, The Sato Project has evacuated over 1,400 dogs to safety,” reads the Projects website, “and is working to keep families with their beloved pets, and to help the many animals left behind in the storm’s aftermath.”

Too cute to kill

But despite Murray’s rescue, the outlook was not good. He and his siblings had contracted the distemper virus, which is usually fatal to dogs. His brothers succumbed to respiratory and nervous problems. The lone surviving sibling stared euthanasia in the face. But the vet smiled back, and Murray got a stay of execution.

Murray lost his teeth through the illness. So he now has nothing to hold his tongue in his mouth. In addition to his droopy tongue, he has bone deformations that have left his ears distinctly less than symmetrical.

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Giving back to the charity that saved him

He may not be classic pin-up material, but Murray has become the face of The Sato Project. He has over 28,000 Instagram followers.

His new family have taken him into their hearts, and are keen that his story be told so that others might be saved.

“The signature tongue out is just the cutest thing, and his crooked features, if you look at his face closely you notice his ears aren’t aligned right on his head,” says adoring foster mother Mackenzie Gallant, according to The Metro. “His quirks make him even cuter and more special.

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“He is a survivor and has no idea anything is wrong with him and is always happy and wagging his tail. He does and tries to do everything with his [adoptive] doggy siblings.

“We can’t imagine our lives without Murray and are grateful to The Sato Project, and all that they do for the unwanted dogs in Puerto Rico.”


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John is a filmmaker and freelance writer. Specialising in leadership, digital media and personal growth, his passions include world cinema and biscuits. He grew up with a golden Labrador named Abba (both of them were children of the '70s) and is nicknamed "G-Dog" for his dogly approach to life. He lives in London but is always on the move.