Puerto Rican officials have launched a campaign to improve the treatment of animals after the allegations in October that dozens of cats and dogs were hurled to their deaths from a bridge.
The island will build new shelters and create animal protection units within every police department, said Terestella Gonzalez Denton, executive director of the island’s tourism department.
Denton said, “We want to tell the world that Puerto Rico is a civilized society.”
People from all over the world have written letters to Puerto Rican officials, and more than 50,000 people signed an online petition asking for justice for those responsible for their deaths.
Puerto Rico’s police chief stated that officers would be trained and animal protection units would be established. One police officer said that it is hard for many Puerto Rican residents to understand that animals have rights.
Tourism officials estimated that Puerto Rico has lost more than $15 million as a result of the pet massacres.
Source: International Herald Tribune