Guam’s animal protection law overhauled



The killing of Pugua, a family dog in Yigo, and the subsequent exoneration of the alleged perpetrator has prompted a comprehensive reform in Guam’s law against animal cruelty.


On Jan. 22, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed the Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety Act, nicknamed "Pugua’s Law.”


"Our community is hurt and outraged by recent reports of animal cruelty cases. These traumatic incidents highlight the need to better address violence towards animals," Sen. Sabina Perez said following the passage of the law, which she authored. "The PAWS Act is our effort to update our laws to meet the moral and ethical standards our community expects of our statutes."