Prosecution wants animal cruelty trial ‘sooner than later’

Pugua was one of the pets allegedly shot and killed in Yigo by Gerald Wayne Cruz. (PNC graphic by Ricky De Guzman)

A decision in the case involving family pet Pugua being shot in a Yigo family’s carport nearly one year ago could be available by Friday and the clock is ticking.

The family of the slain pet Pugua will be relocating from the island permanently because of this.

Prosecuting attorney Jeremy Kemper requested that the court schedule trial “sooner rather than later.”

In local court, Judge Michael Bordallo indicated that he was not finished with his decision.

The decision is related to a motion to dismiss the felony animal abuse charges filed against Cruz in a second superseding indictment.

In addition to this, a motion to sever the gun charge from the other charges was made.

Gerald Wayne Cruz has pleaded not guilty to two counts of animal cruelty with the special allegations of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, three counts of possession of an unregistered firearm and one count unsworn falsification.

How Bordallo decides on the matter will determine how the case will proceed and as pointed out in the motion, if the felony charges are dismissed, Cruz can still be charged with misdemeanors the case.


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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.