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Cruelty toward animals raises concerns

Posted: March 16, 2012 - 8:35am

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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Ladybug 03/16/12 - 01:23 pm
It's really sad.

I recently called the troopers and reported some neighborhood kids running around shooting rabbits with pellet guns. They talked to their parents ( was told by a neighbor that Dad works for fish and game). Nothing was done about it. They are still doing it and it's really sad to see the rabbits limping and dragging a leg or arm and trying to survive this winter. It would be different if someone was shooting them to eat, but what these kids are doing is cruelty to animals. Another neighbor called the parents and told them these same kids were shooting her dogs that are tied up in her yard. Yet everyday these same kids walk the street. Wonder how they will treat animals as adults. It's not looking good. Sad really.

spwright 03/17/12 - 06:17 pm
Wanton Waste

LadyBug, Sat 3/17/12
I politely suggest that You get Proof of what these neighborhood Boys are doing. Meaning photos of the animals killed & photos of the the Boys faces.
Testimony of Neighbors that have witnessed this also.
Then present that Proof to Law Enforcement.

I would think this would be Wanton Waste, Killing Animals with no intention of harvesting the meat.
That is a Serious Offence in Alaska.

Back in the Day, One of My Older Brothers would use Me as Target Practice with a B B Gun & I had to climb a tree to get away from Him. My Dad came home for the Air Force Base & when He saw the whelts & stings & bruises from that B B Gun it was soon broken in 1/2 over his knee then a Real Ass Whoopin happened. No more B B Gun & One embrassed & Crying Older Brother. Problem solved.


AKNATUREGUY 03/18/12 - 01:24 pm
Publish Name(s)

Ladybug, you should publish the name of the dad who allegedly works for Alaska Fish & Game. He may even be an Alaska wildlife Trooper? This may get something off square one. However, unless it involves a moose, I have learned that Alaska Fish and Wildlife Troopers are pretty much "too busy" to leave the office and handle any other complaints. I have called the Alaska Wildlife Troopers several times regarding fish or wildlife violations. They never respond!

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