I have four animals. They are not just pets but part of the family. I am always shocked when I hear of people abandoning their animals. What is even more bothersome is when people take the effort to drive out into the desert and discard their dog like a piece of trash. In mid-May, according to the Christian Post, a mother dog and 17 puppies were “dumped on the side of the road in Porter County.” Luckily, a woman saw the dogs and called her husband to round up the puppies. Thanks to the husband and wife duo, along with some other good samaritans, the puppies and the mother were all eventually taken to a local shelter. Unfortunately, this puppy dumping incident is not rare. Furthermore, sometimes the people who dump animals don’t suffer any consequences. This is why animal laws need to be tougher.
Dog Dumping Epidemic
While the “17 puppy dump” will likely have a happy ending, many times animals who are dumped are left to die. Such was the case in West Virginia, where, according to metronews.com, several bags of dead “pit bulls puppies” were tossed out of a car. If caught, those involved “could face animal cruelty charges.” It’s sad to think that people need to kill dogs and puppies rather than simply turn them into an animal shelter.
Yes, animals are not human. However, I think that if a person kills or abuses an animal, they should get a hefty amount of jail time. After all, once a person abuses, they are likely to do it again (to an animal or a person). There was a case where a man put a dog into an oven and only received 30 days in jail. In Los Angeles County, I know that you can be fined and receive up to six months in jail for animal abuse. However, I rarely hear of this happening.
No Kill Shelters
Of course, not all shelters are “no kill.” As a result, millions of adoptable animals die each year. This is why I think it is so important to adopt animals from rescue organizations and shelters. My family and I have rescued three adorable and loving furry friends. One of my cats was found in a gutter with pneumonia and a severe eye infection. We named her Weezie because she could hardly breathe. Luckily, even though I was told she might not make it, now she is a thriving, nine-year-old feline. The next time you want to buy an animal from a breeder, think of all the cats like Weezie who would appreciate a loving home.
In the meantime, you can report animal abuse to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), SPCA (The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) or your local police department.
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