Puerto Rico police charge that man fed 11 puppies to caiman

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Posted: Dec 13, 2016 4:50 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly feeding at least 11 pitbull puppies to a caiman that he kept in his backyard, Puerto Rican authorities said Tuesday.

Police said Carlos Mahones faces animal cruelty charges. They said the suspect owns a pitbull that recently gave birth to 14 puppies.

Mahones is free on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Friday. Mahones could not be reached for comment. He doesn't have a listed phone number and it isn't clear if he is represented by a lawyer.

Puerto Rico adopted a law in recent years to prosecute suspected animal abusers, seeking to combat animal cruelty.