Puerto Rico - A Haven for Animal Cruelty

Yesterday, the Primera Hora reported that over 10,000 cats and dogs are killed every year because of the extremely poor adoption rates at Puerto Rico's shelters. Roughly, 0.5% of all animals placed in a government supported shelter is adopted.

At a 95.5% kill rate, Puerto Rico is considerably higher than the United States, which executes humanely euthanizes roughly 60 to 70% of all animals received.

Unfortunately, Puerto Rico has seen some horrible abuses with respect to animal cruelty, but this situation is often overlooked. Ultimately, this is a funding problem. Most of the shelters available in Puerto Rico are run by the government. As such, it is difficult to justify spending more money to keep animals alive when we have such urgent and life altering problems.

However, at the same time. This is a problem of vanity. Most Puerto Ricans, heck most people, would prefer to buy a store sold cat or dog, or pay outrageous prices for pure-bred animals. It's pathetic when these owners casually drop how much they've spent on their little "precious," during a cocktail or party.


Recently, no-kill sheleters have begun to appear to help remedy this gross injustice. While perspectives differ, many within animal rights organizations have tried to explain how the deaths associated with abandoned pets is particularly cruel, because the animals aren't responsible for their situation. One such shelter mentioned in the report is the St. Francis of Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Mayaguez. You should make a donation today! According to their website, the are currently at 100% capacity. They need our help! They are what keeps hope alive for so many.

I found my little sato up in the mountains of Utuado, we picked her up, brought her home, got her spayed, and now she'll never have to go hungry, ever. She's now a loyal member of our family. Most experienced dog handlers know, mixed breed dogs, in general, tend to be easier to manage, and can generate powerful bonds.

Without a doubt, my dog is a perfect companion, what could anyone else want? I know she'd prefer to be out on her own, but we've bonded. She is fiercest hunter I've ever owned. She's a killer! Straight up. I've hunted mice, rats, and lizards with her, and she is quick and lethal. I've never felt that type of handler and weapon relationship except when I held a .357 Magnum in my hand. :-) She makes Papa proud!



19 de octubre de 2011, 12:15
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I think this is only part of the bigger picture. I travel to the island regularly and still can't get over the amount of dogs roaming the streets, public parks, roadways, etc...

They are especially dangerous at night when they get together as packs.

Dogs on the island (as well as Mexico and South America) aren't often seen as indoor pets. They're considered dirty animals, watchdogs and when they do have an owner - the dogs are often tied up all day outside.

I'm not suggesting that the attitude toward dogs on the island is a bad one. It's simply a different way of looking at animals. It's this attitude, however, that's a root cause of the dog problem in PR.

MC Don Dees

19 de octubre de 2011, 14:03
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Dear Anónimo:

I gave careful consideration to each of my titles, so I intentionally wanted to suggest that the problem is far worse. You've identified the bigger problem.

The indifference Puerto Ricans have on, well basically everything, makes any problem that much worse.

A typical characterization of Puerto Ricans is they are oblivious to their impact of their actions. Pets are discarded just like anything else we don't want. Remember, we dump sewage into our beaches. Thanks for sharing.