Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
Last month, authorities said that animal control officials in Puerto Rico seized dozens of dogs and cats from housing projects and hurled them from a bridge to their deaths.
After this horrible incident, the Associated Press investigated this pet massacre and other manners in which the stray animals of Puerto Rico are inhumanely disposed. They found out that the pet massacre in October was not an isolated incident. The team saw and discovered that these killings have been going on for the past eight years.
For years, animal welfare activists in Puerto Rico have complained to the government about improper disposal of animals, but they said the government never acted. Activists said that there are at least 100,000 stray animals in Puerto Rico, and there is no island-wide spaying or neutering program.
One activist said this about the animal disposal companies and the government agencies, “There is apathy. No one wants to take responsibility.”
A former employee of Animal Control Solutions, the animal disposal company that allegedly dumped the animals off a bridge in October, said thousands of animals have been killed and their bodies have been discarded wherever it is convenient. Another employee showed the Associated Press team two different killing fields.
Another former employee said, “Not a single animal was turned over to a shelter.” All eight animal shelters and sanctuaries in Puerto Rico were contacted, and none of them said they had received animals from Animal Control Solutions or Pet Delivery, another animal control company founded by the owner of Animal Control Solutions.
With no competitors, Animal Control Solutions and Pet Delivery had 85 contracts with municipalities and other clients which were worth $1.1 million in the past eight years. The Associated Press could not verify if any of the municipalities made sure the companies dealt with strays in a humane manner.
Edwin Arroyo, special assistant to the mayor of Bareceloneta, said it wasn’t their responsibility to check.
Former employees detailed the cruel and inhumane ways of how strays were killed and disposed. One employee said that one day, there was no euthanasia for the animals, so they were given an overdose of sedative and tossed 50 feet into a trash-filled gully. Some of the dogs were still alive as they hit the trash on the bottom.
They also said that the owner of Animal Control Solutions would sometimes bury live dogs with dead dogs and throw dirt on them, so they all would die.
One former employee said the Animal Control Solutions would kill around a thousand cats and dogs each month, and that in a good month, they would pick up 900 animals.
All of the former employees have nightmares of what the poor animals had to endure when they were inhumanely killed.
Source: Yahoo News/Associated Press
Photo: Associated Press