Dec 18, 2009
You know, nothing irritates me more than individuals who find amusement and fun in torturing animals. As I have been preparing news alerts this week, I have found multiple cases of some very sick and some very stupid individuals who evidently think nothing of causing pain to others. NOTE: There are some graphic descriptions in this post!
Phoenix AZ: Cat Doused with Gasoline and Set on Fire: Evidently, this trusting cat approached an unknown person or persons who then tossed gasoline on the animal and lit it on fire! The cat is now in the care of the Arizona Humane Society and is on the road to recovery. She is reported to be very timid and scared, but should do well with time.
Montana: Three Men Charged with Animal Cruelty: In a similar gas, 3 young "boys" (even though they are 18/19...I won't dignify calling them "men") choked a pet cat and tossed it onto a bonfire. Furthermore, these three boys evidently had the gall to brag about the incident after they saw that the cat made the local news. This cat is also expected to recover. What is amazing to me about this case is that the cat survived overnight and was found by people walking a trail the next day.
Florida: Dog Survives Being Dragged Behind Truck for 2 Miles: This may have been an accident, but it shows the stupidity of letting your dog ride in the back of your pickup truck AND shows that this person was in such a rush to take the dog to the shelter that he couldn't take time to clean out the cab of his truck and allow the dog to ride in there. She should also recover. When the police stopped this guy, his truck cab was so full of crap, it was impossible for the dog to ride in there with him. The pup (who is about 18 months old) was covered with "road rash" and the toes of her rear feet were worn down to the bone. She will end up losing at least 3 of her rear toes because of this accident.
What's even more amazing to me is that I will bet all three of these animals will end up being adoring and loving pets to the right family. The trust and love our pets have for us often knows no bounds and it is just so depressing to think that other people can't see that.
You know, we have talked a lot about meeting our pets at the Rainbow Bridge after we pass on and I recently had a discussion on Facebook about a columnist who didn't believe that pets go to heaven. I can't help but hope and pray that there is a VERY SPECIAL place in the afterworld for people who abuse and torture animals like this. AND, I hope that place is very, very HOT!! (Yes... I know we are supposed to forgive others for their sins, but it's really hard to do in cases like these....)