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Abuser in Dog Cruelty Case Sentenced to 17 Years

July 30, 2014
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Superior Judge José Montijo Román imposed a sentence of 17 years and three months in prison to Edwin Vélez Marrero, after being found guilty of animal cruelty in April.

Yolanda Alvarez, Puerto Rico director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “This sentence sends a clear message that our society and its legal system condemns violent behavior. We are hopeful that this decision will serve as a deterrent to all those who have contempt for life whether animal or human.”

Vélez Marrero is accused of using a wooden plank to torture a dog to the point of breaking all his vertebrae. He then placed the animal in a swamp with the intention to drown him. He was convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals, and was sentenced under Article seven of the Animal Welfare and Protection Act (Act 154-2008). The judge also applied Article 73 of the Puerto Rico Penal Code of 2012 on recidivism, as Vélez Marrero had previously been convicted for other crimes including murder, lascivious acts, aggravated burglary, attempted assault and weapons charges.

The dog was rescued by Officer Julio Cintron of the Puerto Rico Police Department, but had to be euthanized given the seriousness of his condition resulting from wounds inflicted by Vélez Marrero. Defensores de Animales was involved in bringing the defendant to justice.

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The just in justice is only served
When the cruel and the evil get
The sentence they deserve.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

9 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    July 30, 2014 11:23 am

    The just in justice is only served
    When the cruel and the evil get
    The sentence they deserve.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. J. David Scott permalink
    July 30, 2014 12:51 pm

    17 years? That’s fantastic!!! That is the best news I could imagine…short of seeing the bastard shot! I hope he does every second of the time and his cell-mate is big, mean and an avid animal lover!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. SHIREEN MCKEE permalink
    July 30, 2014 1:05 pm


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    • July 30, 2014 3:05 pm

      I would hope others wouldn’t need deterring, but sadly there are so many lunatics out there who would do harm to animals and non-human animals! Thanks, Shireen.


  4. lovegan permalink
    July 30, 2014 2:08 pm

    Very good! I’m sorry for the unhappy ending for the dog 😦 all my negative thoughts to the abuser: dog lovers in jail can be very nice

    Liked by 2 people

    • July 30, 2014 3:04 pm

      I hope there are a LOT of “nice” dog lovers in prison. 17 years is a good start in any case. Thanks, Lo.

      Liked by 2 people

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