By: Carol Bryant
History has been made, as an unprecedented verdict has been reached in the Iquitos area of Peru, where the not-for-profit organization, Amazon CARES, secured a conviction in the case of a woman who was charged with poisoning a 5-month-old puppy.
Many of you might have had the opportunity to meet Molly Mednikow, fellow BlogPaws' community member and founder of Amazon CARES.
In this particular case, Sandra Milagros Padilla Alvis, never imagined that an attempt on the life of Arthas, a 5-month-old puppy, owned by Alfredo Martín Díaz García, would result in being charged for a crime. In the 3rd Counsel Magistrates Court, Padilla Alvis was sentenced for offenses against morality under an Animal Abuse and Cruelty Code and will pay fines of 2000 Peruvian Nuevo Soles, which will cost her one-fourth of her income for nearly seven months.
Earlier this year, Amazon CARES signed an agreement to work with the Iquitos Bar Association. Together, these two groups have fought hard for a well-earned victory.
After seven months, this landmark verdict was recently handed down in an animal abuse case in this small town of South America. This is a legal precedent for all of Peru, and an example for many Third World nations.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Molly Mednikow received her MBA and began working in her family’s jewelry business. Though successful, she began traveling to the Peruvian Amazon to deliver school supplies to remote jungle villages. By 2004, her interests in Peru had grown to the extent that she made a life-altering decision. She stepped away from her jewelry business to spend a year in the Amazon. In 2005, she finalized her decision and made her move official, selling her business back to family members. Mednikow lived in the Peruvian Amazon until 2008, when she returned to the United States to open an office from which her charity could grow. Mednikow divides her time between Peru and the United States.
Together, we can make a difference. Learn more about Amazon CARES by visiting their website at www.amazoncares.org.
BlogPaws salutes you, Molly!