Three men have been charged with animal cruelty in the Puerto Rico pet massacre in October.
A judge has charged Julio Diaz (pictured here), the owner of Animal Control Solutions, the company that was hired by the city of Barceloneta, and two employees of Animal Control Solutions.
They were each charged with three counts of violations to the U.S. territory’s law against animal cruelty. The company also faces charges.
The charges carry maximum prison terms of nine years.
Diaz said, “We are going to prove that we are not guilty.”
The attorney for the two employees said there is no evidence linking his clients to the pet massacre and said the animals were seized by city employees instead.
The mayor of Barceloneta said the city’s responsibility ended when Animal Control Solutions took the animals in their vans.
Source: Associated Press