Scores of Pets Massacred in Puerto Rico
USED WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COPYRIGHT 2007. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
By YAISHA VARGAS and ANDREW O. SELSKY,
TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico (Nov. 14) - Back roads, gorges and garbage dumps on this tropical island are littered with the decaying carcasses of dogs and cats. An Associated Press investigation reveals why: possibly thousands of unwanted animals have been tossed off bridges, buried alive and otherwise inhumanely disposed of by taxpayer-financed animal control programs.
Witnesses who spoke with the AP said that, despite pledges to deliver adoptable strays to shelters and humanely euthanize the rest, the island's leading private animal control companies generally did neither.
News that live animals had been thrown to their deaths from a bridge reached the public last month when Animal Control Solutions, a government contractor, was accused of inhumanely killing some 80 dogs and cats seized from three housing projects in the town of Barceloneta. A half dozen survived the fall of at least 50 feet.