Authors: Jose Longo*, University of Puerto Rico
Topics: Legal Geography, Urban Geography, Population Geography
Keywords: Legal Geography, Animals, Urban Areas
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The laws that make an owner responsible for the mishaps of an animal causes to other people is one of the oldest laws known in the judiciary system. As society evolves so does the different laws incorporated and adapted to fit changes. Currently in Puerto Rico, under the civil law system, any grievances caused by animals may forgo the owners personal belongings and property. The grievances, the animal causes, could be tangible or intangible. The frictions among neighbors because of pets mishaps are very common in the urban areas of the island. Given that the space between residences has been reduced in the last 50 years in Puerto Rico, when an owner has a pet in his house, it is highly probable that the noises the animal produced could make discomfort to other residents. This situation is contemplated in the article 1805 of Puerto Rico's Civil Code. The research analyses the historical trajectory of Article 1805, how it makes the animal's owner responsible for their mishaps, and what legal remedies Puerto Rico's government could contemplate to reduce neighbors frictions caused by animal noises. This study will consider the geographical and urban characteristics of Puerto Rico's cities and what kind of animals are living among its residents.