posted on Sep, 9 2012 @ 03:08 PM
Several problems I see here. First, the neighbors told the officer who owned the dog. He should have knocked on their door and let them decide what
to do. And, by "decide what to do" I most certainly don't mean give them the option of stomping to death, OR running it over again.....WTF people!
This was a pet, there are 24 hour veterinary clinics in every city in America. The animal should have been scooped up and taken to a vet. PERIOD.
Second, (and further supporting why the owners should have been told) having worked in animal rescue, I've seen some very unpleasant situations and
sometimes things look much worse than they are. I've seen animals with their eyeballs popped out of their head and blood coming out of their mouth
who, upon medical attention, lived. Sure it looked horrible, but it wasn't so bad after all. I learned that eyeballs can easily be placed back in the
socket, and sometimes blood pouring out of the mouth can be from things other than internal bleeding, often teeth are broken out and there are deep
cuts inside the mouth etc. When an animal gets hit and can't get up, or just lays there, it doesn't mean they're mortally wounded, they might have a
broken leg or pelvis, they might be in shock or a myriad of other possibilities. Typically animals who are mortally wounded will lay motionless,
pupils fixed and dilated. This dog was awake, and yelped when hit over and over again, and even after being bludgeoned was STILL ALIVE and yelped
again. I don't believe he was mortally wounded AT ALL.
This officer isn't a vet, it's not for him to judge the situation, and the animal should have been taken to a vet, especially after the officer was
told it was a family pet. "Euthanasia" means a good death, and stomping or beating to death is CRIMINAL, not acceptable at all. If you want to get
down to it, dispatching animals with a gun isn't considered "humane" either. Shelters, vets, etc meet each year to discuss euthanasia methods, and
gunshot is not considered an acceptable method, there were shelters in rural areas using a gunshot to the head to kill dogs and cats and often the
animals were still alive when thrown into the pile...this happened so often in so many counties that it was decided this was cruel. As far as knowing
how to deal with an injured animal, there are methods to pick up injured animals, many officers have provided aid to animals even "after hours".
This guy was just callous and ignorant and criminal.
edit on 9-9-2012 by SilverWraith because: add