Another bill filed seeking to strengthen Guam law against animal abuse

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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 “Nearly all states have repealed firing squad executions laws and, in doing so, recognized it as a ‘cruel and unusual’ form of punishment.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.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.