I’m taking a short break from my dog-loving blog to address the serious topic of animal abuse. It’s a concern that shadows my thoughts; I offer up this piece in the hope I can inspire you to take a stand.
When I first saw images of Caitlyn, the dog whose mouth was taped shut, I nearly lost consciousness. I’ve tried since early June to put it out of my mind, but the sight of her bulbous, blue tongue bulging from a mouth swollen like a squeezed balloon is hard to shake. If you haven’t seen it, don’t go looking. Few things could upset you more.
But then it happened again. A similar crime was reported in Texas July 12th, to a German Shepard Dog, who was found in the middle of the roadway with her mouth and legs tightly taped together.
What is going on in our world? There is so much brutality.
It would appear that these animal abusers are bullies of the worst kind - people who can’t even pick on their own species. And most of them are. But some—if you were to probe—would justify their actions and curse their dog’s reactivity. They’re often mirroring techniques they witnessed as children, believing that violence is affective motivation. How do we change their minds?
The sad truth is that our country has few laws to prevent people from repeating this cycle of cruelty. With little more than a slap on the hand, these abusers are released into the general public and all but forgotten about.
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