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BAD humans in Puerto Rico

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Hunter

Lazy, Lazy, Lazy
 
 
Purred: Sat Oct 13, '07 8:21am PST 
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."

Edited by author Sat Oct 13, '07 8:21am PST

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Hunter

Lazy, Lazy, Lazy
 
 
Purred: Sat Oct 13, '07 8:22am PST 
Sorry,
here's the link
Pet killings spark outrage in Puerto Rico
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♥Mor- gan The- PirateGato

You Gotta Love- Me, I'm a Pirate
 
 
Purred: Sat Oct 13, '07 4:31pm PST 
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.
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♥Mor- gan The- PirateGato

You Gotta Love- Me, I'm a Pirate
 
 
Purred: Sun Oct 14, '07 4:51am PST 
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
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Cleo (The- Queen)

I am the Queen- of the house....
 
 
Purred: Sun Oct 14, '07 9:18am PST 
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!
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Lil Crumb- Cake II- *Kitty Angel

Rainbow Bridge- Kitty
 
 
Purred: Mon Oct 15, '07 1:13am PST 
Meowmy is real angry of this hapening in her home land cry 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... crycrycry And we are gonna purr for the soul of all the pets killed in this non sense masacre... crycrycry

Purrs,
Lil Crumb Cake II
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♥Mor- gan The- PirateGato

You Gotta Love- Me, I'm a Pirate
 
 
Purred: Mon Oct 15, '07 9:19am PST 
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.
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Caramel

tiny tot
 
 
Purred: Tue Oct 30, '07 9:40am PST 
My meowmy wants to pound them, then torture them then slowly skin them then throw the bodies into the road. applause 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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