In 1996, Nelson Vergara watched the Disney film, “101 Dalmatians.” The film changed his life, literally.
Vergara knew the Disney film was computer generated but it made him want to rescue dogs in his community in Santiago, Chile. Vergara has 42 Dalmatians on his property today, located outside the Chilean capital.
Vergara, 55, is rescuing many of the stray dogs he sees running the streets while their owners are at work. Many residents of the area will leave for work and allow their dogs the run of the neighborhood while they are away. Nobody spays or neuters their pets due to the lack of an animal shelter or animal control.
Now the animal angel has found himself in a bit of a predicament. He has rescued many dogs and feeds them partially through donations, but his neighbors are complaining of the smell that comes from his yard.
Municipal officials have threatened to evict him at the end of the month if the dogs are not gone.
Vergara claims he only wants to set an example of how pet owners should be. He would like to see the millions of free-roaming dogs reduced by implementing spay and neuter clinics and animal shelters.
Vergara is unemployed at this time, hampering his chances of finding a new place. Vergara states:
I wanted to help – not just the Dalmatians but all dogs, because in Chile we need a solution to the canine problem. Every day you see news of abandoned dogs roaming, but no one does anything about it. If we had a shelter, we wouldn’t have these kinds of problems.
Vergara displays his love for the Dalmatian breed by driving a white van complete with black spots.