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$1,000 Fine in Animal Cruelty case


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I'm impressed that the mayor's office is keeping the dog until it recovers and can be adopted.  I wonder if they will be able to enforce this and collect the fine.  If not, getting the dog away from the owner is good enough. 

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Last year the Municipality of Panama created a completely separate Department of Animal Welfare, so this is not a one time thing. The department works closely with Spay Panama, an organization like Amigos de Animales which is devoted to sterilization.

This is an official form whereby citizens can anonymously file a denuncia concerning animal abuse online. http://mupa.gob.pa/bienestar-animal

* Animal Welfare folks here could use this as an example and basis for collecting the information necessary to file a denuncia or obtain a conviction. (perhaps they already do)

I doubt if this is the only conviction the Department has obtained, but it's a noteworthy one.

Last week the populous area of San Miguelito announced the creation of a similar Department of Bienestar de Animales in their administration.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/espanol/2016/04/02/populoso-municipio-de-panama-crea-oficina-de-bienestar-animal/

Maybe this is a trend that other municipalities will follow.

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