Pet Owners File $22.5 Million Lawsuit After Pets Thrown Off Puerto Rico Bridge

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Warning: This story may disturb some readers.

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.

Source: Canadian Press, Reuters

Photo: Associated Press

6 Responses to “Pet Owners File $22.5 Million Lawsuit After Pets Thrown Off Puerto Rico Bridge”

  1. Anonymous says:

    any human who took part in the abduction of the pets from their homes should be abducted from their homes and euthanized. In this situation, an eye for an eye. Just like the dognappers in the Philliphines who steal and sell and slaughter dogs for meat. Those people should be clubbed over the head after being stuffed in cages just like the dog victims and then slaughtered and cooked up to serve as meat by the same restaurants that buy the poor terrified and victimized dogs from them. Again, an eye for an eye.

  2. Nancy G. says:

    Good, soak ‘em for every dollar you can get out of them. This was horrid. I also read that Puerto Rico is very worried the negative publicity might cut into their tourist business. They say they plan a campaign to educate on proper pet care and on reporting abandoned animals [which is ironic, since these seized pets were being properly cared for and were not abandoned], but animal welfare groups say the country has almost nothing in the way of spay/ neuter programs and suggest everyone take advantage of this sad situation and write to the governor and tell him to spend more money on spay/neuter programs, to stop the rampant overpopulation of dogs and cats there. Many dogs are simply taken to certain beaches and abandoned. They wander there, slowly starving or succumbing to disease, or till a rescue group catches some and flies them to the US to be adopted. They’ve saved about 1,000 this way. see for details

  3. catmom5 says:

    I agree that those responsible MUST be held accountable. If it takes money, great amounts of money, to get their attention, then so be it. Perhaps the “good” that will come out of this tragedy is attention to the plight of the animals and steps to make their lives safer and more humane. Can’t imagine what a horror that must have been for the pet owners . . . UNBELIEVABLE!
    I sure wouldn’t want to travel to Puerto Rico if I had to face such a disturbing animal situation. Found a similar situation in the South Pacific islands (Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, etc) and it spoiled the entire cruise for me.

  4. Lynn says:

    Sue the pants off them.

    Boycott Puerto Rico vacations.

  5. Judy says:

    How vicious and uncivilized. Good for the residents. They deserve every cent and then some. I hope that company is put out of business, and everyone in the company who was involved in this savagery spends the rest of their lives in jail.

  6. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    The cynic among us wonders how much (if any) the actually owners will get, after all the lawyers parachute in to sue.

    Our guess, not much at all.

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