Nationwide outrage following the attack, however, has reached the highest echelons of government. Demands for animal cruelty legislation - under existing Costa Rican law, harming an animal is deemed a minor offense punishable with negligible fines - have prompted president Luis Guillermo Solís to issue a statement stressing his support for a new law.
Although Duke is recovering well from extensive surgery, according to Asociación Vida Animal Costa Rica, the furor over the incident is unlikely to die down. In fact, the 2-year-old mixed breed has found an even stronger voice on social media.
Thousands of people from around the world are expressing their support for him by posting pictures of their pets with the hashtag #FuerzaDuke.