A man in Chile wanted to do everything he could to help rescue as many dogs as possible. However, with more than 40 dogs living in his backyard and unhappy neighbors, the man faces possible eviction from his residence.
It all began for Nelson Vergara, 55, after he saw the 1996 movie “101 Dalmatians,” according to MSN. The unemployed Vergara, who is known as “Dalmatian Man,” now reportedly has 42 Dalmatians living in his backyard. He feeds the animals mostly through donations.
Vergara’s neighbors aren’t too thrilled and often complain about the smell coming from his backyard.
Municipal officials have threatened to evict him by the end of the month, according to ABC News.
“I wanted to help — not just the Dalmatians but all dogs, because in Chile we need a solution to the canine problem,” Vergara reportedly said. “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.”
Chile does have an issue with stray dogs as millions apparently roam free in the country. Owners of dogs apparently rarely spay or neuter them.
Vergara’s rescues have included some that have been suffering from malnutrition, and he said he only wants to set an example and raise consciousness so others in the country can help in saving the growing number of stray dogs.