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« Topic Start: October 20, 2007, 11:48:03 am »

Pet massacre blamed on animal control firm
Puerto Rico investigating why dogs, cats were tossed from highway bridge

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - An investigation into the mass killing of dogs and cats seized from Puerto Rican housing projects and thrown off a bridge has confirmed the involvement of an animal control company whose owner has denied any role in the massacre, police said Friday.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21386121/
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« Reply #1: October 20, 2007, 12:24:33 pm »

Pet massacre blamed on animal control firm
Puerto Rico investigating why dogs, cats were tossed from highway bridge

I saw this the other day. I tried not to look--but I did. I wish I hadn't, now. Horrific. Just horrific.
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« Reply #2: October 20, 2007, 03:40:30 pm »

Pet massacre blamed on animal control firm
Puerto Rico investigating why dogs, cats were tossed from highway bridge

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - An investigation into the mass killing of dogs and cats seized from Puerto Rican housing projects and thrown off a bridge has confirmed the involvement of an animal control company whose owner has denied any role in the massacre, police said Friday.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21386121/

And unfortunately probablly nothing will come of it other than such things as saying don't do that again.
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« Reply #3: October 20, 2007, 10:05:45 pm »

And unfortunately probablly nothing will come of it other than such things as saying don't do that again.


I'm sure that Artemis will dispense justice, if the legal system will not.

Jail time would be preferable to Her wrath.
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« Reply #4: October 20, 2007, 10:27:49 pm »


I'm sure that Artemis will dispense justice, if the legal system will not.

Jail time would be preferable to Her wrath.

I can promise you that if that was one of my animals, we wouldn't have to wait for Artemis.
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« Reply #5: October 20, 2007, 10:54:20 pm »

I can promise you that if that was one of my animals, we wouldn't have to wait for Artemis.


Same here. Look for the guy wearing a cat mask and wielding a baseball bat.
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« Reply #6: October 21, 2007, 10:41:44 am »

Pet massacre blamed on animal control firm
Puerto Rico investigating why dogs, cats were tossed from highway bridge

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21386121/

Pet overpopulation is a big problem.  While I don't condone the means by which this was carried out, living in a neighborhood where we have 6 dogs, of over fifty pounds living in an area that doesn't total more than a quarter acre, I can also see the other side of this.

A couple other articles on the topic mention that Puerto Rico has a place called 'dead dog beach' and that sick, starving stray dogs roam the beaches.  Overpopulation is a significant problem.

In a place where spaying and neutering animals, and leash laws are non existent, disease, excrement and overpopulation are serious issues that can impact the health of humans. 

With the dog owner issues we have in our neighborhood from the concentration of dogs, I can't let my children play outside.  Kicking a ball is out of the question because of the piles of excrement.  Playing catch... nope.  No dice, unless you enjoy scraping it off your shoes.  The association does nothing, since they are dog owners and pro dog.

Because of my neighbors behavior, I have made an oath that I will NEVER own a dog, nor do I support the ownership of dogs in urban/suburban areas in which one persons negligence impacts an entire neighborhood. 

I don't condone the means by which this was carried out, but part of being a responsible pet owner does entail respecting the 'no pets allowed' clause in your housing arrangements.  If you plan on having animals, you need to make appropriate arrangements.
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« Reply #7: October 21, 2007, 10:49:47 am »

I don't condone the means by which this was carried out, but part of being a responsible pet owner does entail respecting the 'no pets allowed' clause in your housing arrangements.  If you plan on having animals, you need to make appropriate arrangements.

I agree with you on the arrangements. And I'd still meet the son of a bitch who thought this one up with a baseball bat. There's no excuse for throwing pets off a bridge because it's more convenient than humanely destroying them.
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« Reply #8: October 21, 2007, 03:13:06 pm »

I agree with you on the arrangements. And I'd still meet the son of a bitch who thought this one up with a baseball bat. There's no excuse for throwing pets off a bridge because it's more convenient than humanely destroying them.

The bridge business was absoloutely cruel and unnecessary.  Sad
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« Reply #9: October 23, 2007, 12:02:48 am »

Pet massacre blamed on animal control firm
Puerto Rico investigating why dogs, cats were tossed from highway bridge

I've an idea...how bout we round up all the jerks what tossed the animals off the bridge and throw THEM off the bridge?

Would that work?
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« Reply #10: October 26, 2007, 01:44:23 pm »

Pet massacre blamed on animal control firm
Puerto Rico investigating why dogs, cats were tossed from highway bridge

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - An investigation into the mass killing of dogs and cats seized from Puerto Rican housing projects and thrown off a bridge has confirmed the involvement of an animal control company whose owner has denied any role in the massacre, police said Friday.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21386121/

I agree with the outrage.

On top of that - what ticks me off is this is the first big story from Puerto Rico in mainland US that I have seen for a long time.  Millions of Americans there and this is the only news that makes it from the island - even during hurricane season.

It only seems to endorse my old saying "If it happens in Spanish, it didn't happen"

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« Reply #11: October 26, 2007, 03:43:22 pm »

Because of my neighbors behavior, I have made an oath that I will NEVER own a dog, nor do I support the ownership of dogs in urban/suburban areas in which one persons negligence impacts an entire neighborhood. 

While I certainly wouldn't condone in any way, shape or form the sheer cruelty and casual disregard for life that these animals in the article had the severe misfortune of experiencing I would think that in your case, gated community or not, that a quick call, prefereably anonymous (though with caller ID now that might not be quite so easy), to the local animal control would get the point across.  These owners, and quite possibly the neighborhood association, are one bad day away from a lawsuit.  All it takes is one free roaming dog feeling out of sorts to snap at a child and the parents will be leading the Wild Hunt after the dog, it's owner and anyone else they can find to hold responsible.

At least with a collared animal the owner will receive the animal back after it's been picked up for it's wandering.  Even if it is a little inconvenient for the owner to go and pick the animal up at the local shelter.

'Course you could always get the point across a little more - um - shall we say directly?  Any excrement left in your yard could be simply bagged up and returned to the owner:

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"Your dog left this on my lawn.  I thought I'd return it to you." 
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There's always deterents as well.  Our dog refused to go down the hall after we moved an ultra-sonic bug repelling device in there.  I wonder if there is something like this that can be put in your yard to make the animals avoid it?

Please don't misunderstand me, I love animals.  Epona knows we have plenty in the house, cats, dog, rats, mice, chinchilla, rabbit...  We've also taken the responsibility to make sure that the feral cats camping out in our yard were spayed/neutered.  It's the owners that need a wakeup call here the animals are simply following natural behaviors.
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« Reply #12: October 26, 2007, 05:05:53 pm »

On top of that - what ticks me off is this is the first big story from Puerto Rico in mainland US that I have seen for a long time.  Millions of Americans there and this is the only news that makes it from the island - even during hurricane season.

I'm not sure it has as much to do with language as with the impression most Americans I know have that Puerto Rico isn't really a part of the US. This despite several votes in Puerto Rico rejecting independence by a large margin. And as we all know, US news coverage of "foreign" news is very poor.
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