February 22, 2009

Playwright Coward housed 157 stray dogs

Playwright Edward Coward says he kept 157 stray dogs in a three-bedroom home in Tijuana, Mexico, to help them.

Coward has been criticized for the conditions the dozens of canines were living in at the home, but the playwright insists his intentions were good, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday.

I cannot stand to see an animal looking for help, said Coward, whose Tijuana home was raided by Baja California state health officials Feb. 13. Once you've opened your eyes to the problem, you can't close them anymore.

The 42-year-old playwright also owns another home in the area where he is housing an additional 25 dogs.

Neighbors told the Union-Tribune noises and strong odors routinely come from both of Coward's Tijuana homes.

The discovery of the dogs prompted a call from animal rescue advocates for an improved rescue system for Tijuana's stray dog population, the newspaper said.