Two residents of Alajuela are to face trial for killing a dog. The Criminal Court of Alajuela raised the case on March 15th. The indicted, Espinoza Leslie and Zúñiga Palladino, are accused of killing a dog in September 2017. The dog’s leash was tied to a window and his feet didn’t reach the floor. He died hanging.
This is the first case for committing a crime against an animal, although it’s been illegal for some time. The reason is that people often post about such crimes on social media without reporting them to authorities.
In this case, it was the president of the Association for Animal Welfare and Amparo, Juan Carlos Peralta Víquez, who brought the complaint to authorities. This case is under file 17-0004378-305-PE for the crime of animal death.
According to the Animal Welfare Law, killing a domestic animal will be sanctioned with a prison sentence of three months to two years.