• Costa Rica Real Estate

Court acquits dog’s former owner in first-of-its-kind trial in Costa Rica

July 26, 2019

Earlier this week, we told you about Champion, the two-year-old dog that was present in the courtroom while his former owner was tried for animal abuse.

Friday, an Atenas court acquitted the woman accused of mistreating Champion, according to the daily La Nación.

The Prosecutor’s Office said that while it had videos and photos that demonstrated Champion had been abused, there was insufficient evidence to convict the defendant after her brother did not appear to testify. 

In a press conference aired by news channel Repretel, the judge presiding over the case, Mario Rodríguez, recognized deficiencies in the current laws.

“When I first saw the photos — pardon me for my language — I almost vomited,” he said.

Campeón, or Champion
A dog called Campeon attends the trial of his previous owner, who is charged with animal abuse in Atenas, Costa Rica, on July 22, 2019. Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP

Champion’s case challenged a relatively new law in Costa Rica that sanctions animal abuse; owners who mistreat animals could be subject to fines or prison time.

When Champion was taken from his former owner, he was malnourished, covered in fleas, and had a deep wound on his neck caused by a rope that had been used as a leash. After 20 days of veterinary care, the puppy began to recover.

To report suspected cases of animal abuse in Costa Rica, contact the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) at +506 2587-1600. A criminal complaint, or denuncia, can be submitted using the form available online here.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Free entry to all national parks tomorrow for National Parks Day
Environment and Wildlife
3586 views
Environment and Wildlife
3586 views

Free entry to all national parks tomorrow for National Parks Day

The Tico Times - August 23, 2019

Entry to all Costa Rican national parks is free for National Parks Day tomorrow. The holiday, celebrated every Aug. 24…

Pic of the Day: This lizard can run on water
Costa Rica
7 views
Costa Rica
7 views

Pic of the Day: This lizard can run on water

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 23, 2019

The "Jurassic Park" books (and ostensibly the movies) were set in Costa Rica, and we can understand why. On a…

Costa Rica expresses ‘deep concern’ over Amazon wildfires
Amazon
204 views
Amazon
204 views

Costa Rica expresses ‘deep concern’ over Amazon wildfires

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 22, 2019

Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry on Thursday released a statement in response to the Amazon rainforest wildfires that have captured the…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!