Remember 21-year-old Joseph Carlo Candare? The UP student who was punished by the Metropolitan trial court for killing a cat and blogging about it in his online diary (CLICK HERE for related article)? A similar case is now brewing up.
Jerzon Senador, a teenager from Calamba, Laguna, was busted for posting on his Facebook account some photos of his puppy dangling from a laundry line. Here are some snaps taken from his Facebook photo album titled “Bagung Ligo si PUPPY”:
Some netizens who came across the Facebook photos became more furious when Senador said that he also washed the puppy in the washing machine and dryer. He later retracted the statement and claimed that it was only a joke.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News reported that Philippine Animal and Welfare Society, otherwise known as PAWS, is planning to sue Senador for violating the Animal Welfare Act. According to May Felix, PAWS’ human and education specialist, a person convicted of violating the Animal Welfare Act could be punished by imprisonment of not less than six months nor more than two years or a fine of not less than P1,000 or more than P5,000 or both at the discretion of the court.
PAWS’ previous case, the cat killer that I’ve mentioned, was ordered by the court to take care of maltreated or abandoned pets as punishment for killing a cat after he pleaded guilty. I’m not quite sure about the fine but I think it’s P1,000.
Realizing the gravity of his act, Senador posted a public aplogy (for his dog and for the readers) on his Facebook account:
“Gusto ko humingi ng tawad sa nagawa kong kasalanan sa aking alagang aso. Sana mapatawad niyo ako at pinapangako ko na hindi na mauulit”
Translation: “I want to apologize for what I did to my pet dog. I hope you will all forgive me and I promise to never do it again.”