Puppy The ill-fated puppy. Source Facebook

‘Puppy killing’ sikyu might lose license

July 13, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 994 views

NOBODY can kill a dog or any animal in this country for reasons known only to him and simply get away with it.

This was the assurance made by Philippine National Police Civil Security Group director Brigadier General Benjamin H. Silo Jr. as he ordered a thorough investigation into an incident in which an SM North EDSA security guard was accused of throwing a puppy off a footbridge leading to the death of the animal.

The official ordered the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies headed by Brig. Gen. Leumar U. Abugan to conduct a full inquiry into the incident as he vowed that the guard and his employer will face a revocation of their licenses if evidence warrants.

A video of the incident has gone viral and enraged the country including animal rights groups.

“This pertains to the incident that happened at SM North EDSA wherein a certain security guard of the said mall was seen throwing a puppy. The photos and witnesses’ accounts of the incident are now going viral on all social media platforms,” the PNP-SOSIA said in a press statement.

Brig. Gen. Abugan said they are currently conducting a thorough investigation into the matter and have called the attention of the Private Security Agency (PSA) who deployed the security guard.

“We will look at the extent of administrative culpability of the security guard including the PSA that he is connected with,” he said.

The official added that officers from the SOSIA Enforcement Management Division are now conducting an inspection of the security guards posted by the said PSA at SM North EDSA and vowed that they will file the necessary administrative complaint against the security guard and the PSA as evidence warrants.

“If it will be proven that there is/are violation(s) committed by the parties involved, we may suspend or revoke their respective licenses as the case may be,” he added.

The PNP condemned the puppy-throwing incident and said there is no place for all forms of animal cruelty in a civilized society.

Under Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of 1997, the imprisonment of six-months to one-year and/or fine not exceeding P30,000 will be imposed to any person who will subject any animal to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect but without causing its death or incapacitating it to survive on its own.