A judge issued arrest warrants for the owner of an animal-control company and two of his employees for allegedly killing dozens of dogs and cats that were drugged and hurled from a bridge.
Julio Diaz, the owner of Animal Control Solutions, and workers Lucas Montano Rivera, 18, and Roberto Rodriguez Ceballo, 28, were each charged with three counts of violations to the US territory's animal-protection laws. Charges were also filed against the company.
The charges involve the October massacre of pets seized by municipal officials and animal-control workers from three housing projects in the town of Barceloneta under city rules prohibiting pets in the projects.
Some 80 pets were seized, and only a half-dozen survived the 15m fall, some with serious injuries.