Animal abuse is never OK

Published 7:08 am Wednesday, September 10, 2008

By Staff
Over the course of several weeks, Escambia County has seen cruelty to animals in horses, dogs and other breeds of living, breathing creatures.
Because these vulnerable creatures are at the mercy of humans, it is time to stand up and fight for the rights of those that cannot fight for themselves.
One woman in Escambia County has certainly voiced her concern over the cruelty of animals large and small. Her voice is calling out for justice in response to the actions taken by those who deem these creatures disposable. We applaud the voice Renee Jones has for animals everywhere.
Even though the culprits in the case against Sam the Pit Bull are not from Escambia County, they chose to injure an animal and leave him for dead on one of our county roads. Whether the injuries Sam sustained as a result of this act were intentional or not, the fact remains that he was left to suffer in our midst.
Cruelty to any living being is never ok and those who commit those crimes should be brought to justice.
Animal cruelty is a crime in all 50 states and is considered a felony offense in 43 states and the District of Columbia. According to the National District Attorneys Association website Albert DeSalvo, The Boston Strangler killed 13 women. When he was a boy he put cats and dogs into orange crates and shot arrows through the slats to kill them; Ted Bundy, was a serial rapist and killer of at least 30 women. As a youth he tortured and killed animals.; Jeffrey Dahmer, killed and cannibalized at least 17 people. As a boy, he killed and impaled the heads of cats and dogs on sticks; Dennis Rader, the BTK killer in Wichita, KS, killed at least 10 people. He abused and killed animals for practice prior to killing people.
Mahatma Ghandi once said “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals."
Because of this, we urge law enforcement officials, animal activists and the general population to pay attention when acts of animal cruelty are suspected in any community or neighborhood.
It could save someone’s life.