Guam – Yet another bill seeking to put more teeth to Guam’s law against animal cruelty has been filed in the legislature.
Sen. Louise Muña introduced Bill 48-35, which categorizes the crime of the “unlawful killing” a pet as “animal abuse in the first degree.”
If enacted into law, this change would have the effect of making the crime a felony regardless of how the perpetrator kills or seriously injures the pet.
The bill would make the unlawful killing of another person’s pet a third degree felony. It would raise the penalty to a second-degree penalty if the perpetrator commits multiple offenses or is a repeat offender.
“Most pet owners to don’t view themselves as ‘owners’ but rather as ‘parents’ of their pets,” Muña said. “Nearly all states have repealed firing squad executions laws and, in doing so, recognized it as a ‘cruel and unusual’ form of punishment. We also, must recognize that the unlawful shooting of a pet is an extremely cruel and barbaric act and I hope that prosecutors appeal this ruling.”
Sen. Sabina Perez’s Bill 49-35 seeks to clarify that, “animal abuse in the first degree includes the act of cruelly and maliciously causing the death of an animal.”
The bills were prompted by the court’s controversial decision to exonerate a pet killer in Yigo over legal technicality.