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Puerto Ricans receive aid after workers killed pets

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Animal welfare groups will help Puerto Rico housing project residents pursue legal action after animal control workers seized their pets and hurled them to their deaths from a bridge, an activist said Sunday.

Puerto Rico-based Friends of the Animals, which rescues and rehabilitates abandoned pets and farm animals, and several other groups will help the grieving pet owners aggressively pursue claims of animal cruelty and civil rights violations, said the organization's director, Elizabeth Kracht.

Residents in low-income housing in the north coast city of Barceloneta said animal control workers threatened to evict them last week for keeping dogs or cats. Days after they reluctantly handed their pets over, dozens of animals seized were found thrown to their deaths from a tall bridge in a nearby town.