Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's Raining Cats and Dogs (literally)

Photo: Brennan Linsley/AP

We've been pounded by rain the last few days. So, the weather has actually been in the nice and cool 70s (20-24 celsius), which I don't mind at all. On the topic of raining cats and dogs... a few weeks ago, I came across a very disturbing article in the local newspaper. In the town of Barceloneta, which is about an hour west of San Juan, residents of a public housing complex were forced to give up their pets due to sanitary regulations. The local municipal government hired a company by the name of Animal Control Solution to transport and handle the dozens of cats and dogs to be seized.

Little did these pet owners suspect of the tragic end to this story. Instead of turning the pets over to an animal shelter, according to witnesses, the company allegedly threw an estimated 80 pets over a bridge. As reported by the Associated Press, about 50 carcasses were found. As I was reading this, I was just speechless. How can this happen? What has this world come to? For those of you who have visited Puerto Rico, you might have noticed that there are quite a bit of stray cats and dogs roaming around the streets. Unfortunately, it's a problem here in this tiny island. I just hope that the government finds a humane and ethical solution to resolve this issue, rather than simply throwing them over a bridge.

For more information: http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/10/12/puerto.rico.pet.massacre.ap/

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