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Some People Tied Fireworks In This Puppies Mouth And A Mexican Vet Performed Life Saving Surgery Giving Him A Second Chance

Warning: The images contained in this story are graphic.

Braveheart was just three months old, living in Sonora, Mexico, when a cruel individual decided to tie fireworks inside his mouth. Then, the person lit the fireworks and watched as Braveheart’s nose and jaw were blown to pieces. Unfortunately, animal abusers are abundant and veterinarians are already familiar with the types of injuries Braveheart sustained, which allowed them to make the educated guess that Braveheart’s injuries are consistent with an explosion inside his mouth.

“My first instinct was to have the poor dog put down,” Tracy Lystra, founder of The Saving Huey Foundation, told the Daily Mail. Instead, she found Dr. Briseno, a veterinarian in Mexico, who was up to the task of reconstructing a whole new jaw for Braveheart.

Dr. Briseno and a U.S. charity have given the now one-year-old pup a new lease on life.

Credit: Saving Huey Foundation / CATERS

A good samaritan found Braveheart and rushed him to a vet, hoping that he could be saved. Of course, the kind of resources required to build a prosthetic jaw, and care for a vulnerable animal are extraordinarily expensive. The vets called non-profit group, The Saving Huey Foundation (TSHF), in California and secured funds and long-term care for the puppy. That’s when they named him Braveheart.

We don’t know how long Braveheart lived like this before the Good Samaritan found him and brought him to Dr. Briseno.

Credit: Saving Huey Foundation / CATERS

Dr. Briseno had to perform four separate surgeries on little Braveheart, the first simply to remove the necrotic tissue from the nose and nasal cavity and sew it all back together. Tracy Lystra, the founder of The Saving Huey Foundation (TSHF), told the Daily Mail that the vets, “sent me a picture of him and my first instinct was to have the poor dog put down. I had never done any rescue in that area so was unsure of the vets out there but a friend told me about Dr.Briseno, who thought he could help.”

Braveheart stayed at Dr. Briseno’s practice in Mexico for two months until he was well enough to travel to California.

Credit: Saving Huey Foundation / CATERS

Braveheart’s second surgery reduced the size of his upper jaw to match his new lower jaw, which will allow him to eat. His third surgery was to close the hole in the upper portion of his jaw, which ended his tube-feeding regiment. TSHF was founded by Tracy Lystra in 2014 after meeting Huey, a pit bull used as a bait dog in a dogfighting ring. Huey was spiritually and physically battered but made a full recovery. TSHF is committed to giving animals who have been severely abused or neglected a second chance at a happy life. Today, Lystra’s California home serves as a sanctuary to the animals that have recovered under TSHF’s care.

Lystra admits that she will, on occasion, have “awful thoughts” about what she’d do to the people that tortured Braveheart.

Credit: Saving Huey Foundation / CATERS

“I would be lying if I said that late at night, I didn’t have awful thoughts as to what I would do to the people who commit such crimes,” she told The Daily Mail. “I am able to take a lot of what I see and hide it from my emotions, but there are times it definitely catches up with me.” Lystra has received criticism for rescuing Braveheart, one person telling her that she’s just as “bad” as the people who tied fireworks to Braveheart for keeping him alive. To those people, she tells them to look at his recovery journey, and the long life he has ahead of him. “While Saving Huey Foundation does not condone suffering, we do want to offer second chances to the lives that can sustain such an offering,” she said in a statement to The Daily Mail.

Today, Braveheart is living it up at a sanctuary in California, where he’s receiving the proper medical attention he needs.

Credit: Saving Huey Foundation / CATERS

“He’s crazy hyper tonight!!!,” TSHF posted to Instagram. “Brave Heart is doing amazing and is clearly feeling good this evening! He is so full of energy and love. He’s happiest when he’s lathering us with kisses. We are still waiting for him to finish one more dose of de-wormer before we schedule his next (and hopefully last) surgery!”

The next thing on Braveheart’s list: learn not to jump when he gets excited.

Credit: Saving Huey Foundation / CATERS

Same, Braveheart. Same. Congratulations, little buddy. We’re all hoping you find the perfect forever home.

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One Town’s Residents Made A Citizen’s Arrest Of Their Mayor For Alleged Corruption And Shoddy Construction

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One Town’s Residents Made A Citizen’s Arrest Of Their Mayor For Alleged Corruption And Shoddy Construction

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Residents of a village in Chiapas, Mexico have become so fed up with their mayor that they decided to do something about it. Eschewing long, bureaucratic legal processes to hold him accountable, residents of a southern Chiapas town decided to hold their mayor accountable for what they said was a public works project so poorly done that it was useless.

A mayor in Chiapas was tied to a tree by his own residents for a job done badly.

Residents from eleven neighborhoods of the Chiapas town Comalapa held their mayor accountable for his inaction on a public works project. According to reports, the residents arrested Mayor Óscar Ramírez Aguilar to a tree in a public area to expose him to the rest of the town. They told the newspaper Diario de Chiapas, that they wanted to expose him for the “bad public servant” that he is and that he shouldn’t be reelected.

The townspeople say the municipal water storage cistern — whose installation they say was a campaign promise — is in such poor condition that it does not comply with water safety requirements. It currently has no water, they said, due to leaks, and the residents accuse the government of merely patching the tank — badly — to stop them.

In a video on social media, residents showed how the concrete patch job is already chipping away and easily crumbles.

“He promised us that this would be a public works project worthy of Comalapa residents, but [this tank is] a farce; the water system doesn’t work well. It’s an old problem that he should have attended to properly and should have been a priority during his administration because he came to see us in our homes with this promise, and now he doesn’t want to live up to it,” a resident told the newspaper.

But the mayor is denying what happened in a social media post.

The mayor though has a totally different version of events. After he was released, Ramírez posted a video on his official social media account to counter the residents’ version of the story.

“They did not tie me up,” he claimed. “The meeting was with 11 representatives of Comalapa neighborhoods in order to agree upon details regarding a major public project, the introduction of potable water.”

However, photographs clearly showed the mayor standing before a tree with his hands behind his back.

Three years ago, another local official suffered a similar fate after allegedly failing to deliver promised funds. He was bound to a post in the the central plaza of Comalapa.

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A Tourist Was Arrested For Illegally Climbing Up The Pyramid of Kukulkán

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A Tourist Was Arrested For Illegally Climbing Up The Pyramid of Kukulkán

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It is important to be a responsible tourist. This means following rules, acting responsibly, and not violating sacred places. That is something one tourist learned the hard way when she climbed the Pyramid of Kukulkán in Chichén Itzá.

Here’s the video of a tourist running down the steps of the Pyramid of Kukulkán.

The Pyramid of Kukulkán is one of the most iconic examples of Pre-Hispanic architecture and culture in Mesoamerica. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico. In 2017, more than 2 million visitors descended on the site.

Of course, #LadyKukulkan started to trend on Twitter.

You know that Twitter was ready to start calling out this woman for her actions. According to Yucatán Expat Life Magazine, the woman was there to honor her husband’s dying wish. The woman, identified as a tourist from Tijuana, wanted to spread her husband’s ashes on the top of the pyramid, which it seems that she did.

The video was a moment for Mexican Twitter.

Not only was she arrested by security when she descended, but the crowd was also clearly against her. Like, what was she even thinking? It isn’t like the pyramid is crawling with tourists all over it. She was the only person climbing the pyramid, which is federally owned and cared for.

The story is already sparking ideas for other people when they die.

“Me: (to my parents) Have you read about #ladykukulkan?
My Dad: Yes! (to my mom) When I die, I want you to scatter my ashes in the National Palace so they call you “Lady Palace,” sounds better, no?” wrote @hania_jh on Twitter.

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