There are some things so apparent that don’t require a whole lot of analyzing to determine what they are. Take crap, for instance. If you spy something brown and steamy in a cow pasture that looks like crap and smells like crap, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine that it’s crap.
This conviction of the woman in this story, my friends, is just such crap: Grimes Arrested for
Helping Dying Chained Dog. I won’t rehash the story here because I can’t recap this lunacy any better than the story in that link. Read it for yourself, look at the photos and video of the old dog lying in his own feces, chained up and unable to stand, and you’ll understand what I mean.
I’ll never understand how someone can willfully mistreat an animal, and I believe those who do should be punished in the same manner they mistreated the animal. If it’s by chaining them outdoors in subzero conditions, so be it. If it’s withholding medical care, I say too bad. If it involves whips, cattle prods, cigarette butts, sticks, rocks or fists, you deserve what you get.
I’m not a pacifist when it comes to animals.
Our local humane society was recently closed by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals due to “financial reasons.” More than 4,000 animals a year went through that shelter. What happens now? Local cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment will soar.
Thankfully, a group of local citizens started the non-profit agency Pet Adoption & Welfare Society to provide shelter and services to abandoned pets. The problem is, they don’t have a shelter yet and desperately need money and volunteers to make this a reality. If you’ve got some spare change and are looking for a good cause, think about logging on to PAWS website and read what they’re about. I know the folks in charge and I respect them deeply. They are committed to animal welfare and educating the public on pet ownership and responsibility.
As for what’s happening to Tammy Grimes in Blair County, Pennsylvania, I urge you to log on to her dog rescue site Dogs Deserve Better and learn about her case. She does not deserve what’s happening to her any more than that dog deserved to be left chained and hurt, lying in his own feces and unable to move.