Yabucoa is a small town located in the southeastern part of the island of Puerto Rico. Yabucoa was known to be a place on the island where unwanted dogs were discarded. As such, a fairly remote beach with beautiful white sand and towering palm trees became known as “Dead Dog Beach”. For years this beach was populated with unwanted dogs, many of them mothers with litters of puppies. Rescuers and others visited the beach daily to check on the dogs, feed them and give them water. In September, 2017, Hurricane Maria, a powerful category 4 storm, struck Puerto Rico. As a result, dead dog beach was changed forever.