I had a photo passed on to me by social media this week that actually made me sick to my stomach. I was going to re-post it here, but I can’t look at it again. It was of a dog whose nose and ears had been viciously cut off–I mean off. The dog was a mutt of indeterminable origin, and survived what I can only guess was a horror of a young life. The cruelty and inhumanity conveyed through this photo, the utter suffering in that dog’s eyes is something I will not forget.
I want to do something about this, and the uselessness of even saying this makes me feel very bad. What kind of person could do this? Was there remorse, even a second of shame? Are hatred and anger so mundane in today’s world that such an act would not garner some sort of self-loathing? I don’t think that anyone with a soul could actually get a knife and mutilate an innocent creature. There is no excuse, no drunken stupor, no twinkie defense that could possibly justify this. There is only one recourse.
This person must be removed from society. I don’t want to think that anyone on my planet could do a thing like this. The purchase price of a pet doesn’t include the right to make its life a living hell. In my opinion, the person who mutilated that dog should also be mutilated and jailed for life. We see stories all the time about dogs mauling someone, but what about when the dog is the victim of abuse? It’s time for a National Animal Bill of Rights, establishing stricter penalties for people-on-dog cruelty. If you abuse an animal you don’t get to resume your normal life–you go to jail, you are on a national list of abusers, and you NEVER get to own another animal. Dogs may indeed be property, but they are entrusted into our care, and their lives should be precious. Every single life.
If you can’t return the love and loyalty that a dog gives unconditionally, then please don’t get a dog. Or a cat. Or a hamster. And maybe don’t reproduce. Please.