A dog named Negro survived a horrific April 18 attack—two residents of the neighborhood of Jardines de Castalia in the county of Zumpango in Mexico are accused of having stabbed the dog 18 times. The suspects, who have been identified as a local father-son duo, also allegedly stabbed two security guards who were trying to protect Negro. The alarming incident was caught on camera and posted to Twitter, leaving folks—including PETA Latino, which is calling for urgent and decisive action—outraged.
Cabe destacar que los nobles de y heroicos oficiales de guardia uno de ellos mujer, intentan proteger con sus propios cuerpos resultando también con diversas lesiones, el noble animal ni siquiera intenta defenderse de tan brutal ataque… pic.twitter.com/glBaljha5X
— Mundo Patitas AC (@MundoPatitas) April 20, 2021
Both suspects have reportedly been detained, and Negro is receiving medical attention and recuperating.
El perro conocido como 'Negro', fue apuñalado por lo menos 18 veces por un par de sujetos en un fraccionamiento de Zumpango, en el Estado de México #Sucesos https://t.co/zqEjKJAIdN
— El Siglo de Torreón (@torreon) April 20, 2021
On Monday, PETA Latino Assistant Manager Gabriel Ochoa urgently wrote to the Honorable Alejandro Jaime Gómez Sánchez, state attorney, whose office is handling the case, calling for cruelty-to-animals charges and for the suspects to be penalized to the fullest extent of the law if they’re convicted. Ochoa specifically asks that, if convicted, the suspects—in addition to receiving the maximum length of incarceration allowable—undergo psychiatric intervention (and anger-management classes, if applicable) at their own expense. Furthermore, given the high rate of recidivism among animal abusers, PETA Latino is encouraging that any sentencing include a prohibition against contact with animals for as long as possible.
Medical experts and top law-enforcement officials consider the link between cruelty to animals and violence against other species to be indisputable, which means that prosecuting these crimes will protect all members of the community.
If you see something, say something.
Any information relevant to Negro’s case should be directed to the Fiscalía General de Justicia del Estado de México.
The best way to protect your animal companions is to keep them with you, indoors, and never leave them in public unattended. For vulnerable individuals like Negro, please, speak up—if you witness an animal emergency, alert local authorities immediately. Remember, your involvement may be an animal’s only hope. Click below to learn more about never being silent: