Cruelty toward animals raises concerns

Recently a couple of events happened that compelled me to write. First was the horrifying article in another paper about a puppy whose throat was slit and tossed in a snow bank. The other was a friend who rescued an emaciated, neglected dog from the side of the Spur whose leg had been broken ... most likely from abuse. I am an animal adorer. As I hear more and more about the statistics of domestic violence and the especially high rate in Alaska, I am increasingly saddened by the heartbreaking liklihood that women and children are not the only ones suffering. What is wrong with people who abuse animals? 

I've read about sociopathic behavior, I am familiar with mental disorders, as well as every excuse in the book from "I don't want to get involved" to "God made animals for people to (ab)use." How are we judged, as a society, when we turn a blind eye to the abuse, or participate in the abuse of those who completely rely on us as humans? Pets ask so little yet give so much without question. I'm writing to ask you to act. Please help stop cruelty, please help when you see an animal, a pet in need. Give from your heart and pass along the love and comfort a pet can give. Report abuse and end animal suffering. It's easy. Anyone can do it. Who knows, it might change your life as well!

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