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Prison for abuse of pets!

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Desde 5 de mayo, entró en vigencia la modificación del artículo 421 del Código Penal de Panamá, la cual establece castigos para quienes maltraten a los animales.

"Quien mediante actos de crueldad, cause la muerte o lesiones gravemente a un animal usado como mascota, será sancionado con penas de cárcel de 18 a 24 meses o su equivalente en días-multa o arresto en fines de semana", se lee en el artículo.

En Panamá ya existe la Ley 70 de 2012 de Protección a los Animales Domésticos, donde se contemplaban sanciones, mas no penas para aquellos que afecten a algún animal de forma agravante.

Para hacer valer el derecho de los animales, las denuncias deben presentarse en el Ministerio Público, despachos de Justicia de Paz o marcando al 311.

Google translation:

Since May 5, the amendment of Article 421 of the Penal Code of Panama came into force, which establishes punishments for those who mistreat animals.

"Who through acts of cruelty, cause death or serious injury to an animal used as a pet, will be punished with prison terms of 18 to 24 months or its equivalent in days-fine or arrest on weekends," reads the Article.

In Panama there is already Law 70 of 2012 on Protection of Domestic Animals, which provided for sanctions, but not penalties for those that affect an animal in an aggravating manner.

To enforce the right of animals, complaints must be filed with the Public Prosecutor's Office, Justice of the Peace offices or by dialing 311.


Does anyone know what is a "Justice of the Peace?" (Probably the correduria.)


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