The security guard who allegedly threw a puppy from a footbridge down to the streey below may face up to two years in prison if he's convicted, a lawyer with an animal welfare NGO has said.
According to Emil Sumangil's report on "24 Oras," Animal Kingdom Foundation program director Atty. Heidi Marquez Caguioa said the mall guard may also face a complaint for child abuse.
“Itong guardiya po na ito ay nahaharap sa mga kaso ng violation opo ng Animal Welfare Act or RA 8485, as amended. Kung siya po ay ma convict, puede siya mapatawan ng penalty na hanggang dalawang taon ng pagkakakulong," Caguioa said.
"Pwede po rin siyang maharap sa kasong child abuse,” she added.
The puppy named Lucky reportedly died on the spot when he hit the pavement.
Lucky was reportedly eating when the mall guard confronted the children, April and Sandra, to leave the premises.
The children asked for some time but the guard grabbed the puppy by the neck and threw it down the street.
A passerby, Jonathan Manipon, said the puppy no longer cried when it hit the ground. It just shook violently.
He picked up the puppy and brought to a veterinary clinic, where it was declared dead on arrival.
GMA Integrated News is trying to get the guard's comment.
According to SM North EDSA, the guard has been dismissed and is no longer allowed to go on duty in any of the SM malls across the country. —Sherylin Untalan/NB, GMA Integrated News