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45 pet owners whose dogs and cats were seized from housing projects and then hurled off a 50-foot bridge in Puerto Rico have filed a $22.5 million lawsuit.
The suit is against Puerto Rico’s public housing director, the municipality of Barceloneta, the mayor, Animal Control Solutions, and others that were allegedly involved in the killings.
Each of the pet owners are seeking $500,00 for the loss of their pet.
The lawsuit states that the pet owners had to watch their pets be taken from them, injected with “unknown chemicals”, and tossed into vehicles.
The suit also said, “The family pets that survived the initial brutality were thrown from a bridge.”
The involvement of Animal Control Solutions, the company that was contract by Barceloneta, has been confirmed by the police.
Animal Control Solutions President Julio Diaz said municipal officials delivered the pets to his firm, and they then euthanized the animals humanely and placed them in refrigerators. He denied that the company threw animals from the bridge.
On Sunday, hundreds of people participated in a protest march over the killings. Many participants held signs with slogans that said “stop animal abuse” and “justice for the pets of Barceloneta.”
The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.
Photo: Associated Press