Yesterday I talked to a neighbor and found out that someone had killed his dog. From the injury, it looked as if someone deliberately killed him with a blow to the head. This dog was afraid of people. He did bark, but not loudly and not aggressively. Why would someone deliberately take his life?
This isn’t the only incident in my life or even in this neighborhood. Several years ago someone force fed antifreeze to a feral cat that lived in our backyard. Her name was Marco, and she was tame enough to let us pet her. She died a hideous death.
Dumping: When we lived on a farm, there was a problem with dumping animals. Some were too young to leave their mothers. Some we found. I would imagine there are many we didn’t find.
Possible Explanations: Before I go on, this is not an excuse. There has to be some meaning behind these and other actions I’ve seen or heard of. Perhaps the people who did these things consider an animal to be a thing; something that doesn’t feel pain and doesn’t need considered. Killing the animal is therefore fine. The “well a farmer can always use another (name the species)” theory is another reason. Some are sociopaths, and there isn’t any other reason. They just like killing things.
It’s not OK: It gives me the creeps to think that there is someone in our neighborhood capable of doing these things. It’s scientifically proven that animal abusers often go on to other criminal activities. Beyond that, these animals were loving and loved. They were living beings. They did not deserve to die, particularly not in a brutal fashion. To a degree, they were like children to those around them.
Even if we did assume the “thing” idea, things belong to people. To kill an animal belonging to someone else isn’t okay. It’s like stealing. Farmers who need another animal would prefer to go and choose said animal. Dumping is not OK. Nothing about this is OK.
Report, Don’t Act: I’m glad I don’t know for certain who killed the little feral in our backyard. I’ve managed to forgive the person, but it took quite some time. There was a point in which I would have acted on my rage. That’s not a good idea.
Reporting is. Because this sort of incident does indicate a disturbed person who could commit further acts of violence these things need to be reported to the police. It’s a violation of the law (felony violation in most states) in its own right. In order to make sure our neighborhood is safe, we need to find out what happened, who did it and if the investigation shows foul play, the person needs to be taken off the streets.