Animal rights activists stage rare protest in Cuba's capital

Cuban animal rights activists have staged a rare protest in Havana, where authorities swiftly crack down on unapproved demonstrations

HAVANA -- Cuban animal rights activists have staged a rare protest in Havana, where authorities swiftly crack down on unapproved demonstrations.

About 30 animal advocates gathered Monday morning in front of a pound on the outskirts of the capital where street dogs are taken to be euthanized. The demonstrator s carried signs protesting euthanasia and rough treatment of dogs by city dog-watchers.

Police arrived on the scene and the crowd dispersed, but authorities gave protesters 12 dogs from the pound to take home so they would not be euthanized.