Justice for Pugua

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Guam – Activists, pet owners and concerned citizens banded together during a rally in Hagatna to demand justice for Pugua, the family dog shot dead in Yigo

“If he can pull out a gun a shoot an animal, he can pull out a gun and shoot someone. I got four chihuahuas and they don’t harm nobody,” a protester said.

If you’re new to this story, Pugua was one of the pets shot and killed in Yigo by Gerald Wayne Cruz.

Cruz was charged with animal cruelty among other offenses. Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo Cruz dismissed all felony charges against Cruz, saying the case failed to prove the element of cruelty.

The outrage from the community has led to two bills being introduced in the legislature.

In Bill 49-35, Sen. Sabina Perez pushed for strengthening the current animal abuse laws of Guam by adding the word “malicious” to the existing law.

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

The protest was peaceful and took place during the Wednesday night market at Chamorro Village. Members of Guam Animals In Need and other animal rights activists were in attendance.

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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.