Not disclosed - couple 181 dogs, cats & 2 exotic birds seized Ponce, Puerto Rico July 3, 2008
Not disclosed - 2 sons      

Police and personnel from the Natural and Environmental Resources Department rescued 181 dogs, cats and exotic birds living in deplorable conditions during a raid at a farmhouse in the Río Chiquito area of Ponce.

Police officer Lourdes Ortiz says a couple and their two sons were arrested and will be charged with animal abuse.

Acting on a search warrant issued by a Ponce judge, police officers and DNER officials raided the property at around 7 a.m. as part of a probe into violations of the island's animal cruelty law.

The searchers found dogs of nearly two dozen different breeds, cats of various breeds and two exotic birds native to Central America.

"These animals were in cramped cages, malnourished, devoid of veterinary assistance and filthy," according to a police report.

All the animals were seized and were to be transported to different shelters.

Ortiz said at least six dogs would have to be euthanized because they were too sick to be nursed back to health.


The San Juan Star