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BAD humans in Puerto Rico

Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
edited 30 October, 2007 in Laws & Legislation
Animal control workers seized dozens of dogs and cats from housing projects in the town of Barceloneta and hurled them from a bridge to their deaths, authorities and witnesses said Friday. Raids were conducted on Monday and Wednesday, and residents told TV reporters they saw the animal control workers inject the animals. When they asked what they were giving them, they said they were told it was a sedative for the drive to the shelter. "They came as if it were a drug raid," said Alma Febus, an animal welfare activist. "They took away dogs, cats and whatever animal they could find. Some pets were taken away in front of children." But instead of being taken to a shelter, the pets and strays were thrown 50 feet from a bridge in the neighboring town of Vega Baja, according to Fontanez, witnesses and activists, apparently before dawn Tuesday. "Many were already dead when they threw them, but others were alive," said Jose Manuel Rivera, who lives next to the bridge. "Some of the animals managed to climb to the highway even though they were all battered, but about 50 animals remained there, dead."

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  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
    edited 13 October, 2007
  • Donna LenzDonna Lenz BethelMember Posts: 4,600 ✭✭✭
    edited 13 October, 2007
    Meowmy wrote to her friends to see what's happening - this could just be a "normal" dumping ground for animals. Or these people could have killed the creatures and dumped them. It is very sad what humans still do on my Island. There are many humans who are good and try to help us, and many humans who think of us as garbage. This sounds like one of the "Projects" which is where my Sato sister Amber is from. Her life there was also very very bad before she was rescued. Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States so they have their own law. Animal Cruelty is not on the top of their lists and many policeman are bad people. I am very sad that humans can be so cruel.
  • Donna LenzDonna Lenz BethelMember Posts: 4,600 ✭✭✭
    edited 14 October, 2007
    Meowmy got this back from her friends in Puerto Rico, there is another article and a petition that can be signed. Yes, sadly it's true. People can sign this petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/puerto-rico-pet-massacre Also, here's another article: Posted on Sat, Oct. 13, 2007 Pet massacre in Puerto Rico By MICHAEL MELIA Elvia Tirado Polanco says she reluctantly handed over her black- and white-spotted mutt to animal control workers after they threatened that she would be evicted from her housing project for keeping a pet there. The workers promised to take the small dog named "Lucero" - or "Star" - to a shelter. Days later, however, Tirado was horrified to learn that dozens of pets seized this week in Barceloneta on Puerto Rico's north coast were instead thrown to their deaths from a bridge. "It was barbaric," said Tirado, 56, who wept Saturday as she described caring for the seven-year-old dog. "This has been a really hard blow for all of us." Several pet owners inside the Antonio Davila Freytes housing project, one of three raided by animal control workers Monday and Wednesday, said they had provided vaccinations and lavished care on the cats and dogs taken from their homes and killed with strays. The government circulated a letter inside housing projects this month warning that violators of a no-pet policy would be evicted. Mayor Sol Luis Fontanez said the town ordered the removal of the pets, but he blamed the massacre on a contractor hired to take the animals to a shelter. Fontanez said he would cancel the city's contract with Puerto Rico-based Animal Control Solutions and that city lawyers were considering a lawsuit. Company owner Julio Diaz said he went to the bridge when he heard of the allegations, but denied that the dead animals were the ones his company collected. He said he would present his records as proof to city authorities on Monday. "I have the dead dogs in my facility," he said Saturday. "I am a certified animal control officer. I have been doing this for nine years." Puerto Rico's housing department has opened an investigation into who is responsible for the deaths, said Doris Gaetan, of the department's office of community relations. She said regulations in the U.S. Caribbean territory allow pets in government-funded housing projects if they are small and do not pose a risk to others. "We do not support the way in which this was done," Gaetan said during a visit to hear the accounts of pet owners at one of the complexes. A local resident, Jose Manuel Rivera, used a backhoe to bury the bodies of about 50 animals Saturday in a mass grave near the bridge where they were dumped. He discovered the animals around dawn Tuesday after hearing barking and whimpers from animals who survived the 50-foot fall. He recovered six injured dogs, who were reunited with their owners after they saw their pets on a television news broadcast. "One had a broken spine, and about all of them had broken legs," Rivera said. Many of the pets inside the housing project were strays that were adopted by residents after wandering into the low-income neighborhood. Owners said they feel they are now paying the price for the neglect of others on an island with no pet registration law and little spaying or neutering. "It is not our fault that they come here," said Carmen Valle, 56, who said workers seized two of her dogs. "We are humble people, but we have good hearts. Animals should be treated with decency." Tirado said she had cared for Lucero for seven years as if the dog were her child, feeding her from the plastic table in her cramped living room and letting her sleep beside her at night. During the raids, she said workers surrounded the housing complex and prevented anyone from leaving with pets. But she said she wishes she had never let Lucero go. "I have been crying so much I can barely sleep," she said. © 2007 Miami Herald Media Company. All Rights Reserved. http://www.miamiher ald.com
  • Darlene WagnerDarlene Wagner MilwaukeeMember Posts: 1,075
    edited 14 October, 2007
    Mommy read about this too-she said it just shows that if you are poor you are treated VERY badly no matter where you live. It is all so sad!
  • Cristina MartinezCristina Martinez Mexico CityMember Posts: 1,895
    edited 15 October, 2007
    Meowmy is real angry of this hapening in her home land :(( When she was a little girl she remember the sato walking in the neighborhood but they were the dogs of all the neighbors... What happened to that Puerto Rico where she was born and raise? She cant recognize the actitude of the people in Pto Rico... She hope this stop... :((:((:(( And we are gonna purr for the soul of all the pets killed in this non sense masacre... :((:((:(( Purrs, Lil Crumb Cake II
  • Donna LenzDonna Lenz BethelMember Posts: 4,600 ✭✭✭
    edited 15 October, 2007
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/puerto-rico-pet-massacre Please sign this petition and show your support for the Satos and Gatos of my Island. Meowmy talked to her friends today, and only 6 Satos have survived this. They know this man and he used to be a good human being. They are all very surprised and saddened that someone they thought was kind could do something like this. There will be much more happening over this. The people must all band together and fight for new laws and for this company to be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows.
  • olivia qaderolivia qader Member Posts: 20
    edited 30 October, 2007
    My meowmy wants to pound them, then torture them then slowly skin them then throw the bodies into the road. =D> Good meowmy! If only we could do that to all the bad humans and all humans could be good like my meowmy!
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