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Animals Are Our Friends, Not Our Targets! By Felina Silver Robinson
A friend of mine who is an amazing teacher in a local school posted on Facebook that over the weekend some heartless person decided to pour vinegar in the water bottle of her gerbil cage. The gerbils did not survive. This was a class pet which of course brought comfort to the students. There was no reason for such an act. It was also said that this same person poured vinegar into a fish tank in another classroom. The police believe that the act may have been committed by children because they found a door open. I beg to different to be honest. Students know that the doors are locked on weekends. I can’t see kids going to every door to see if one is unlocked. It makes more sense that a disgruntled employee with a beef of sorts took it upon themselves to commit this heinous act.
Lately, people have chosen to commit such violent acts against animals, sometimes their very own pets fall victim to their random acts of violence.This is uncalled for. We must find a way to stop this madness. When I was in elementary school, 6th grade to be exact, some of the 8th grade boys decided to put a cherry bomb in the mouth of a local stray cat. They figured it was ok because the cat was a stray and no one would miss it. But of course everyone did because everyone took turns feeding it.
There are a bunch of stories I could tell you, but I will share this last one. A few years ago our family rescued a dog that was a victim of the floods. We were told that he was very friendly, good with kids, house trained, and got along well with other pets. The second day we had the dog, we noticed that he was nipping at anyone who would pay attention to our four cats. He would urinate anywhere and everywhere in the house. He would sometimes defecate where he pleased. This was not because the dog wasn’t getting walked. Because this dog was pretty darn lucky to be receiving all the love and attention he got. He received more walks than any other dog in the neighborhood. My young daughter even rode him around in the basket of her bike. One day his actions just took a final toll. We had a family gathering and everyone spent time with the pets both separately and in a group. The dog didn’t like that he had to share attention with the other animals. He proceeded to urinate all the way down the hall then climbed up on the kitchen table and defecated on one of my younger daughters brand new place mat that was given as a holiday gift. That was the straw that broke the camels back. The next morning, I called up the rescue league and had the dog returned to the shelter. I never struck the dog out of anger or even yelled at it. The poor abused animal just needed the training it had obviously never received after it was traumatized.
What I’ve outlined here is obviously not a new problem. It’s a longstanding one that no one cares enough about until it happens to their own pet. The saying “It takes a village to raise a child” should also apply in this situation. “It takes a village to keep our pets safe from harms reach.” If you care, report abuse when you see it or hear about it. Don’t let defenseless animals fall victim to the abuses of socially and emotionally inept people. If you are at all curious, here is an article that might interest you: Animal Cruelty Facts and Statistics: Statistics on the victims and current law trends.
I hope that fewer people turn their backs to the violence and more lend a hand to stop “animal cruelty”!
Teens Arrested For Cooking Kitten In Microwave And Posting Video On YouTube
Animal found off Jennings Beach
Fairfield officials are investigating a severed sheep head found in the water off a local beach.
Authorities say the animal head was found off Jennings Beach on Wednesday, a year after a headless goat carcass was found at the same beach. A veterinarian is examining the sheep head.
Police told the Connecticut Post that they don’t suspect the head is linked to sinister activities.
Fairfield animal control officer Paul Miller says the head appears to have been severed with a butcher’s knife and one of the sheep’s ears was notched, indicating it was livestock. But there was no identifying tag.
In March of last year, a jogger discovered a goat carcass missing its head and lower legs inside a clear garbage bag that was dumped along the water’s edge.
Lowell man faces animal cruelty charges
A Lowell dog owner faces animal cruelty charges after his German shepherd was found with duct tape wrapped around its muzzle.
Lowell police were called to 15 Grand St. after someone reported seeing a dog with tape over its mouth, the Lowell Sun reported.
The owner told police the family became overwhelmed by the dog when it got much bigger and harder to handle than they anticipated, the paper reported.
Police said other than the tape, the dog appeared to be in good condition and well cared for.
Animal Control took possession of the dog pending the outcome of the criminal case.
The owner will be summonsed to court to face a single count of animal cruelty, police said. His name has not been released.
ARL, MSPCA treating rescued animals
BOSTON — Almost 200 animals were rescued from a Lynnfield home last month in one of the largest hoarding situations in recent years, the Animal Rescue League of Boston and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.
A wide range of animals including dogs, cats, birds and reptiles lived in unsanitary conditions stacked in cages and crates in different areas of the home, officials said.
All of the 199 animals were voluntarily surrendered to the ARL and MSPCA-Angell.
The animals are being treated at ARL and MSPCA-Angell for various health issues resulting from neglect, officials said.
“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” said the ARL’s Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore.
The Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg and Jabberwock Reptiles of Winchester also are caring for some of the rescued animals.
The six dogs and 13 birds remaining at the ARL’s shelters continue to make progress in their recovery. The Boston shelter has already begun to identify potential adopters for the shy, but very sweet dogs, officials said.