Target: Puerto Rican Legislators
Goal: Pass stricter laws to stop the inhumane abuses of dogs in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is home of some of the worst recorded dog abuse cases. In 2007, employees of a private animal control company were charged with throwing dozens of pet dogs and cats taken from public housing projects off of a bridge. The suspects were exonerated, but public outrage forced lawmakers to pass a tougher animal protection law in 2008. Despite the passing of the law, many innocent dogs are still being abused and abandoned.
There is a beach in Yabucoa known as the ‘Dead Dog Beach’ because one can find litters of emaciated puppies and groups of feral dogs that were abandoned by the owners to fend for themselves. The recent discovery of a black mongrel puppy found alive with all four legs cut off, leaving exposed bone, is one of the worst cases that has been uncovered in Puerto Rico.
The Rabito Kontento animal rescue group feeds and tries to find homes for abandoned pets. Group members said that on Friday that they had seen the puppy, who they had named “Ocean,” frolicking on the beach with its mother and siblings. Over the weekend, they found the mutilated puppy in a parking lot near a resort in the northern coastal town of Hatillo.
Mariel Rojas, who is in charge of the animal rescue group, rushed the poor puppy to a veterinarian who told her that the puppy’s bones were rotting and the infection too severe to be treated. Ocean was euthanized. It is clear that the animal protection law passed in 2008 is not strict enough to deter people from abusing abandoned dogs. No person should ever feel that s/he can chop off a puppy’s legs and get away with it. It is time to crack down on animal cruelty in Puerto Rico. Sign the petition to urge lawmakers to recognize animals’ rights and prosecute cases of abuse.
Dear Puerto Rican Legislators,
In 2008, you passed a tougher animal protection law in response to public outrage over dozens of pet dogs and cats being thrown off a bridge. Well, this law is clearly not tough enough.
Many dogs and litters of puppies are still being abandoned to fend for themselves. Just recently, a rescue group saw a black mongrel puppy frolicking on the beach along with its mother and siblings. A few days later, the rescue group saw the puppy again. Although the puppy was alive, it had all four of its legs cut off, leaving exposed bone. The veterinarian concluded that the puppy’s bones were rotting and the infection too severe to be treated. The poor puppy was euthanized.
Animal abusers in Puerto Rico often get off easily for abusing animals or are not found guilty. Even when people are convicted of harming animals, President of Investigating Officers of Animal Cruelty Iris Quinones believes that the $500 fine “doesn’t have much of an impact” on abusers. Stop animal cruelty by passing stricter laws and allowing for harsher punishments that can really deter abusers from doing such inhumane things like chopping off all four legs of a harmless puppy.
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