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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" -
a shelter. Days later, however, Tirado was horrified to learn that
of pets seized this week in Barceloneta on Puerto Rico's north coast
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
all of us."
Several pet owners inside the Antonio Davila Freytes housing project,
of three raided by animal control workers Monday and Wednesday, said
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
Fontanez said the town ordered the removal of the pets, but he blamed
massacre on a contractor hired to take the animals to a shelter.
Fontanez said he would cancel the city's contract with Puerto
Animal Control Solutions and that city lawyers were considering a
Company owner Julio Diaz said he went to the bridge when he heard of
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
animal control officer. I have been doing this for nine years."
Puerto Rico's housing department has opened an investigation into who
responsible for the deaths, said Doris Gaetan, of the department's
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
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
about 50 animals Saturday in a mass grave near the bridge where they
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
Many of the pets inside the housing project were strays that were
by residents after wandering into the low-income neighborhood. Owners
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
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
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
never let Lucero go.
"I have been crying so much I can barely sleep," she said.
© 2007 Miami Herald Media Company. All Rights Reserved.
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