Pet owners urged to push passage of animal rights bill

Posted on Oct 31 2019

Pictures of a dog that was stabbed in the head with a knife circulated on social media yesterday, highlighting the need for an animal protection law in the CNMI, according to Rep. Edwin K. Propst (Ind-Saipan).

The dog, which had a knife embedded about 2-3 inches into her head, is now recovering from surgery.

Propst, who has been championing the animal rights protection bill, House Bill 21-59 HS1, in the CNMI, appealed to members of the community to call their senators and urge them to pass the bill.

“It is heartbreaking and truly frustrating to see that domesticated animals like this dog can get stabbed in the head. There are, to this day, still no laws against doing such horrible, cruel acts,” Propst said.

The CNMI House of Representatives recently passed t House Bill 21-59 HS1; the bill is now with the Senate.

Propst said that the CNMI is currently the only place in the entire United States and all its territories that has zero animal protection law for domesticated animals.

“I am hoping that all community members who care about their dogs and cats, and pets will urge their senators to pass this bill expeditiously so that we can finally, once and for all, have some animal protection laws in place,” Propst added.

The U.S. Congress recently unanimously passed H.R. 724, or Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, which would make animal cruelty a federal offense.

Iva Maurin | Correspondent
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at
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