Justice for Pugua rally set for Wednesday


Animal lovers will unite tomorrow at a rally in Hagatna aimed at seeking justice for Pugua, a pet dog shot dead in Yigo, a life that may go unanswered for.

Guam – A peaceful protest will be held at the curbside of Chamorro Village on Wednesday in a stand against Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo’s decision to dismiss all the charges against Gerald Wayne Cruz II.

Cruz was accused of shooting and killing a neighbor’s pet dog Pugua and three other dogs in Yigo.

The decision sparked a community outrage and calls for the Attorney General to appeal the decision.

The ruling also prompted two senators to draft two pieces of legislation that seek to clarify the language of the law to avoid any misinterpretation of the intent of Guam Animal in the future.

The first bill, introduced by Sen. Sabina Perez, seeks to strengthen the current animal abuse laws of Guam. Bill 49-35 adds one word—“malicious”— to the existing law.

Sen. Louise Muña introduced Bill 48-35, which categorizes the crime of the “unlawful killing” a pet as “animal abuse in the first degree.”

The peaceful protest will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Organizers are inviting all concerned pet owners and animal lovers and those island residents concerned with justice to join the rally.

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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.