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ARAs Propose Law for Stiffer Animal Abuse Penalties

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) � Animal advocates in Puerto Rico said they are proposing lawmakers adopt stiffer penalties for abusing or abandoning animals.

The U.S. Caribbean territory became the target of international criticism after dozens of dogs were seized from housing projects and hurled to their deaths from a bridge late last year.

The proposal due in coming days would levy heavy fines, increase jail time and allow authorities to confiscate the property of alleged abusers, said Hector Ivan Diaz, president of Puerto Rico Animal Savers, on Saturday. He declined to provide any further details.


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