Mexico's drug cartels, for practice before mutilating human victims, practice on dogs and other animals. Honey Pie, a Belgian Shepherd missing two front legs, surviving an encounter is able to walk again with prosthetics.
For the 2012 United States Election Cycle and even past that, there is one major issue that hasn't been talked about as of late: Mexico's drug war. Members of the many drug cartels in Mexico make it a point to dismember people to send a message. Recently, it is reported that drug cartels have resorted to torturing animals as a means of practice before they go out and mutilate humans. The British publication called The Telegraph uploaded a brief video of a pet sanctuary run by Patricia Ruiz. Ruiz cares for animals that have been tortured by the cartels for practice and left for dead.
It is reported that one of the dogs in Ruiz's care, a Belgian Shepherd named Lemon Pie, is recovering well while using prosthetic legs that cost $6,000. Lemon Pie was one of many dogs tortured by the drug cartels. Both of his front paws were cut off as practice for cutting off the fingers of human victims. The name of the sanctuary is called Milagros Caninos. This is a sanctuary for abused dogs. So far, there are at least 120 dogs being cared for at the sanctuary. WRAL reports that Honey Pie was left to die in a trash can after losing his two front paws.
In short, even animals are victims to the drug cartels. With regards to the drug cartels, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Mexico's new president, Enrique Pena Nieto, will focus more on public safety instead of directly going after the drug cartels. It reports that the war against the drug cartels, by former Mexican President Filipe Calderon, was disastrous as there are thousands of murders, kidnappings, and so forth.
Also, Nieto has enacted a law where authorities are required to assist the victims.