If you knew that there were tens of thousands of street dogs roaming a jurisdiction in the United States and a 95 percent euthanasia rate for the dogs and cats entering the shelters in the area, what would you do?
Well, that is the reality in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which is part of the United States and a huge trouble spot for animal welfare. And now, we have a plan to attack the problem.
This week, in an extraordinary series of events - including press conferences, shelter visits, and training programs - The HSUS and the government of Puerto Rico said "no more" to neglect and cruelty. We have launched a Humane Puerto Rico initiative that offers the prospect of turning around decades of problems for animals in this commonwealth of the United States.
"Our children see how we treat these beings. They can learn to love and care for them or to mistreat them," César A. Miranda Rodríguez, Puerto Rico's Secretary of Justice, told assembled police trainees, reporters, and government representatives at a press conference on Apr. 15 with Secretary of State David Bernier and me. "So if we want a better society tomorrow, we need to build it today."