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Authorities said that animal control workers in Puerto Rico seized dozens of dogs and cats from housing projects and hurled them from a bridge to their deaths.
The mayor of Barceloneta, Sol Luis Fontanez, said Animal Control Solution, a contractor, was hired to clear three housing projects of pets after residents were warned about a no-pet policy.
They were paid $60 for every animal found and an additional $100 for each trip to a nearby animal shelter.
After Animal Control Solution cleared the housing projects of pets, witnesses said they saw animal control workers inject the animals. The workers said it was a sedative for the drive to the shelter.
Animal welfare activists and witnesses said the seized pets and strays were not taken to a shelter. Instead the animals were thrown from a 50 feet bridge in the neighboring town of Vega Baja.
“Many were already dead when they threw them, but others were alive,” said a witness. “Some of the animals managed to climb to the highway even though they were all battered, but about 50 animals remained there, dead.”
The owner of Animal Control Solution said: “We have never thrown animals off any place. We always take them to our local shelter and euthanize them. They can’t prove that they are the same dogs that we picked up.”
Fontanez said this was an inhumane and shameful act. He has cancelled the city’s contract with Animal Control Solution and the city is considering a lawsuit against the contractor.
(Thanks Dennis and Lis)