Brutal attacks on Yigo dogs, perpetrator(s) still loose

by Cyrus Luhr
G.A.I.N.

Guam, September 28, 2018 - Guam Animals In Need (GAIN) is warning the public to be on the lookout following a series of brutal attacks on dogs in Yigo.

On Thursday, September 27, a pet dog named Pugua was violently killed near his Yigo home. He had been beaten by a blunt object and stabbed. A bloody shovel was found near his body. [Warning: graphic photo attached]

Based on distressed howls heard by neighbors, the attack is believed to have occurred around 11 am Thursday morning. Shortly after the howling stopped, Pugua’s body was found.

Pugua, a 2-year old and 30-pound white Jack Russell terrier boonie mix, got his name because he acts “like a little nut.” His owners, both schoolteachers, share that he and their other dog, Lady, are inseparable, and well-known in the neighborhood as playful and loving pets.

Dr. Thomas Poole, Territorial Veterinarian of Guam, says "I'm disturbed by this senseless attack, and hope with all my heart that we catch the person who did this."

Information is being sought on a person of interest who made threats against Pugua and other neighborhood dogs a day prior to the incident. He is described as a larger (6’, 200-230 lbs) Chamorro man with tattoos and short black hair, last seen Wednesday between 4-5 pm in Yigo (near the Mayor’s Office) pushing a stroller alongside a pregnant Chamorro woman (5’5”, 150 lbs) with long black hair, and two children under the age of 3.

This latest incident follows two other violent attacks on pets in the same neighborhood, near the Yigo Mayor’s Office. Across the street from Pugua’s home, a neighbor reports their golden retriever was shot in the leg and testicles with a bb gun earlier this week. Further up the same road, a couple reports their Rottweiler was shot in the chest and killed a few weeks ago.

“These are sick, horrific crimes,” says GAIN Board President, Cyrus Luhr. “We trust the investigation will be a top priority for GPD,” he continued. He added “Animal abuse is strongly linked to other serious crimes, like domestic violence and child abuse.”

A 2001-2004 study by the Chicago Police Department "revealed a startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims."

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact the Guam Police Department, or Guam Crime Stoppers by visiting guam.crimestoppersweb.com, calling 477-HELP (4357), or texting 486-HELP (4357).

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