I have never seen overt cruelty displayed by anyone towards animals on Ambergris Caye, at least not by individuals. The local dogs are mellow and friendly, and abused animals do not behave that way. I do see signs of neglect in many of the animals, both dogs and cats, unfortunately. I think that much of that is caused by lack of resources and lack of knowledge.
However, there is what I would consider a cruel policy towards dealing with homeless animals when their numbers become too great: The local town board declares "Dog Eradication Day" and any dog who is found running free is executed by poison.
A lot of people are upset by this and hopefully, the spay-and-neuter efforts of the Saga Society and its supporters will put an end to this horrid practice.
I also see a lot of very hungry cats running loose-a situation that is not unique to Ambergris Caye, as we all know. But its hard for me to see hungry homeless cats, having six of my own, five of whom were rescued and adopted.
Hopefully, this will change as the concept of spay and neuter becomes more widely accepted and the number of homeless animals decreases.