Dogs Are Living Things
Just a few hours ago, Carol and I headed home from our morning jog and spotted a little dog in the distance.
In the sunlight, I could see the reflection of a collar, and it appeared the animal might be lost. We tried to approach the dog, but she appeared skittish and frightened. We got on the ground and spoke softly to the pooch, who approached us quite carefully. As she drew nearer, we could see she had been injured.
It took a while to gain her confidence, but once we did, we noticed she had two holes in her side. We stayed with the pup long enough to pet her, and I read her tag. My wife called the grateful owner who met us by the side of the woods near the jogging trail.
That is the happy ending.
Unfortunately, we subsequently discovered the holes in her side came from BBs fired into her by some lunatic. As an animal lover, the incident disturbs me greatly. What would possess some sick mind to injure an animal in this manner? In any event, tiny Aimee is doing fine.
I know there are punishments for animal abusers, but in my opinion, they are not strict enough. In my world, anyone who would shoot a twenty-pound dog is capable of injuring a child just as easily.