Reader advocates for stiffer animal abuse penalties
I would like to know exactly who sets the laws regarding the punishment for abuse/neglect of pets in Mason County. Two friends of mine rescued a dog whose owners used him repeatedly for breeding purposes, never properly caring for the dog and then basically left him to die. When these people moved, they left the dog behind. They had already made money off of him and now he is older, so they had no need for him now.
From what I understand, other people moved into and out of this residence several times but no one cared enough to either take care of this dog or at the very least take him to the shelter. When my friends rescued him, they took him to the vet. The heartbreaking part is this poor old guy has cancer in one of his hind legs. He is not healthy enough to have surgery so all they can do is keep him comfortable as he only has a few months to live. I have seen his pictures and I can tell you he is a beautiful St. Bernard. I don’t know how anyone could have looked into his eyes everyday and felt nothing. He will be living the rest of his life getting the love and kindness that he has never had in his entire life. He will have food (he was near starved), go to the vet, be loved for the first time!
My understanding is our county’s views are “animals are material possessions to be disposed of at a person’s will”. Excuse me? Material possessions are things like paper, old clothing, worn out shoes … certainly not a pet! Pets are not material. They have a heart, and they have feelings. I wonder how the county officials would like it if someone just left them to die because they were old!
There needs to be stiffer penalties for animal abuse. People that are cruel enough to do this sort of thing need to know there will be consequences. So how about it county officials? What will it take to actually have real punishment for this crime — and it is a crime. The voters elect you to do a job, and part of that job is to ensure criminals are brought to justice. So please do your jobs, and don’t let people like this go unpunished.
My letter is about a dog named Damon who is just now getting the love and attention he has so deserved his whole life. God Bless my friends for doing what you do.
Point Pleasant, W.Va.
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