Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Jan. 22 signed the Defending Animal Welfare and Security Act, or “Pugua’s Legislation,” in honor of a pet canine discovered shot and killed in a Yigo dwelling’s carport in 2018.
Senators unanimously handed Invoice 185, sponsored by Sen. Sabina Perez, a complete overhaul of Guam’s animal cruelty legal guidelines, Dec. 23.
“Our neighborhood is damage and outraged by latest experiences of animal cruelty circumstances. These traumatic incidents spotlight the necessity to higher handle violence in direction of animals,” Perez mentioned when the invoice was handed. “The PAWS Act is our effort to replace our legal guidelines to satisfy the ethical and moral requirements our neighborhood expects of our statutes.”
The governor mentioned the measure goals to fill crucial gaps in Guam regulation.
“Our current statutes had been merely not sufficient to forestall the mistreatment of animals, typically for sport or leisure,” the governor mentioned, noting enhancements to penalties for offenders.