Court dismisses case against serial pet killer

Judge Bordallo says "only shooting a dog or shooting a cat" does not prove cruelty

Pugua was shot dead on Sept. 27, 2018 Photo courtesy of GAIN

The Guam Superior Court on Monday dismissed all felony charges against a man who was indicted in a series of dog and cat shootings in Yigo last year, arguing that the case failed to establish intentional acts of cruelty.

“It is difficult to think of a less cruel way to kill an animal than death by gunshot,” Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo said, ruling on the test case of animal cruelty on Guam.

In acquitting Gerald Wayne Cruz II, the judge said the indictment accused Cruz “only of shooting a dog or shooting a cat” and that his action did not establish intention to inflict “mental and physical sufferings on the animals.”

Cruz was charged with animal cruelty in connection with the shooting death of a family pet named “Pugua” on Sept. 27, 2018 in Yigo. More animals were later found fatally gunned down in the same neighborhood and subsequent investigation led to Cruz’s arrest.