First trial for animal abuse in Mexico; it is for the murder of Athos and Tango in Querétaro

First trial for animal abuse in Mexico; it is for the murder of Athos and Tango in Querétaro

The accused could receive up to 18 years in prison; rescue puppies Athos and Tango of the Red Cross of Queretaro were poisoned on June 15, 2021.

In a historic event in Mexico, a country that ranks first in Latin America for animal abuse, the first trial for animal abuse in Querétaro began this Tuesday.

The accused could receive up to 18 years in prison for poisoning rescue dogs Athos and Tango on June 15, 2021.

Their death caused outrage, as the dogs died after eating poisoned sausages. Internet users demanded accountability with the phrases #JusticiaparaAthos #JusticiaparaTango.

Outside the Criminal Court of Querétaro, animal activists and associations gathered to express their support and demand a sentence for the alleged murderer.

On July 5, the subject was arrested, but the judge in charge decreed that he could be released from custody due to the threats he has received.
The process is expected to culminate this week, with a sentence on Friday, if there are no recesses.

Athos and Thango

Athos had a certification as a rescuer before the international organization of search and rescue dogs and was accredited by the Mexican Red Cross, in addition, he participated in locating people buried in the earthquake of September 19, 2017.

The urban search and rescue team mourned the loss of this important pillar of the corporation, and in a message on social networks highlighted that Athos “was an unconditional companion who dedicated his life to serve” and that his love was unconditional for humans.

Through Athos’ Facebook wall, his fellow rescuers lamented the loss of a dog who “dedicated his life to serve without ever asking for anything in return, his paws scarred from stepping on rubble and still continuing in the search”.

For his part, Tango was “an assistance dog who had a special life story that fate placed in excellent hands as his new family,” said the Red Cross of Queretaro.

“Both Tango and Athos were staunch friends of the corporation, which bids them farewell as the greats they were,” the organization posted at the time.

Through Athos’ Facebook wall, his fellow rescuers mourned the loss of a dog who “dedicated his life to serve without ever asking for anything in return, his paws scarred from stepping on rubble and still continuing in the search”.

For his part, Tango was “an assistance dog who had a special life story that fate placed in excellent hands as his new family,” said the Red Cross of Queretaro.

“Both Tango and Athos were unconditional friends of the corporation, which bids them farewell as the greats they were,” the organization published at the time.

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