Okay, I hope the title got your attention. Apparently, in some parts of this country, if you 'kill' a pet instantly (in this case with a bomb...more on that later), it's not cruel and you won't be charged with it. You could get caught for having the bomb, I mean, we don't want everyone running around setting off bombs, do we?
Today, I read an article in the Huffington Post about a guy who had a fight with his daughter, turned around and attached a bomb to her dog's collar, then set it off in the backyard. It killed the dog instantly, of course. Neighbors reported it and the guy is now in custody, but he won't be charged with the dog's death. Hey, who cares if a dog dies? He won't be charged with cruelty because... the dog didn't feel it when the bomb went off, he just died. [the fight with the daughter, as first reported, seems to not be the cause here but... still, Dillingham, the perp, had no reason to cause this dog's death -anger at an ex-girlfriend or daughter or anyone, does not excuse what he did]
I'm strangling in anger here, folks. Here's the short version of this...
A Washington State man arrested for allegedly attaching explosives to the family dog and blowing him up won't face animal cruelty charges because the dog didn't suffer, a law enforcement official said.
Christopher W. Dillingham, 45, of Stevenson, was charged with reckless endangerment and possession of an explosive device after the incident Sunday, according to KATU.
Don't believe it? I didn't either, but it's true. This piece of crap... will get away with this even though he has been cited for domestic violence before.
Over on my personal Facebook page, where I showed some of my outrage, folks chimed in and couldn't believe what they were reading, either.
Michele Hollow, a good friend and excellent writer over at Pet News and Views, had this to say, "I found this in a Psychology Today article: "Since the 1970"s, research has consistently reported childhood cruelty to animals as the first warning sign of later delinquency, violence, and criminal behavior. In fact, nearly all violent crime perpetrators have a history of animal cruelty in their profiles. Albert deSalvo, the Boston Strangler found guilty of killing 13 women, shot arrows through dogs and cats he trapped as a child. Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold boasted about mutilating animals for fun." I really believe that most people care about animals, and that the majority care about people. So, I bring this up because in order to stop hurting one another, we have to start on the basic level, and that is by being kind to animals, and punishing those who harm animals."
How truly right she is!
Jessica Vogelsang from Pawcurious, had this to say, "Are you !@#$!$@#$ kidding me? Because it was "instant" it wasn't cruel? What is wrong with us as a society?" She also added, "Vets are mandated reporters for cases of suspected child abuse but not animal abuse, which, given how the two go hand in hand, is odd."
Indeed, what is wrong with us as a society? How can we, as human beings, not be so appalled at this act that we want to string this guy up? Maybe we are so appalled and maybe we do want to string him up. But, when the law (which WE make, folks, remember that... laws don't just pop up here and there, people make them and approve them) says he didn't do anything cruel, he gets away with it. Mind you, he's in jail. He's charged with reckless endangerment... like that is enough. I wonder how soon he'll be out on the streets.
The sheriff in this case is being quoted saying, "I don’t think anybody in my office or prosecutors or the criminal justice system will sit back and say the dog is no big deal," Brown said. "I think it's a tragedy."
A tragedy. Well sheriff, a flood is a tragedy. A fire is a tragedy. A lost dog that gets hit by a car, is a tragedy. A dog blown up with explosives...intentionally...is, in my opinion, murder. I don't mean 'murder' in the sense of killing a child or an adult - I mean a different sort of murder. The kind of murder that could lead to human lives being lost, down the road. The kind of murder that says, "You are not allowed to do this because it's against all human belief in the sanctity of life, all life."
Somehow, we need to make cruelty to animals punishable with much stricter and/or serious results. This is not animal rights, not even animal welfare. It's human rights and welfare, because in the end, we are ALL animals. We are ALL members of society and we live in this world together. Animals bring so much to us, why can't we recognize their value and make hurting them or killing them... a serious, serious offense. Serious in effect because of what it does to them...and what it could do, down the line, to any of us.
Why can't we do that?