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People who abuse animals

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by dots, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

    I just took a dog who arrived at our doorstep with multiple burns & wounds to the SPCA. I can't say with certainty that it was my neighbor's dog, but I could swear I had seen this dog in their yard. These people have been reported for animal abuse, drug used, illegal fireworks, child abuse, but they, somehow, always end up being cleared. It kills me that I can't accuse them of anything, because in all honesty I am not sure this was the dog I saw in their backyard.

    Ugh! I think I need to go for a walk. :mad:
  2. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

    We took in a dog like that when I was a kid. It took 3 years before we could pet her without her cringing when she saw our hand coming towards her.
  3. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    I watch those animal cop shows. I am amazed how people can treat animals. What is even more amazing is that some of the dogs can receive terrible treatment but end up being loving pets who seem to recover so quickly and you never would believe what they have been through. Of course there are some that don't and unfortunately they just don't get a chance.

    You did a very good thing. At least the dog now has a second chance.
  4. dardar1126

    dardar1126 Well-Known Member

    We live in a semi-rural area, and not long ago we had a stray dog show up. He was kind of like your dog...cringed whenever you reached out a hand, whimpered all the time. Over the past few months he's calmed down...he no longer cringes, and seldom whimpers. He's a sweet young dog who just seems to want to be loved. :dog:

    I agree that you did a very good thing, dots! :)
  5. ballettmaus

    ballettmaus Well-Known Member

    The dog of friends of my parents was killed because some idiot hid rat poison, probably in pieces of meat, to kill dogs in the neighborhood. It's just sick!
  6. minuet

    minuet Well-Known Member

    Interesting I'm seeing this topic today. I was driving home and on the radio it was announced that a man who had been charged with animal abuse was found guilty. He is no permitted to own an animal anymore, must pay restitution to the SPCA and there was another fine in there as well. I'm glad something is finally being done about these people who seem to think there's no consequences for their actions to animals.

    We have no idea what happened to our dog as a puppy as we got him from the SPCA but he's terrified of garbage bags, even just to see one not even opened and he hates to be out of sight from you if you're in the house. The SPCA thinks he was left alone a lot and was likely put in a bag...makes me cry to think of someone treating my Carter that way but he's spoiled to pieces now thanks to hubby lol.
  7. RickInSanJose

    RickInSanJose Active Member

    This is a very important point, because rat poison is extremely dangerous to dogs. Not only that, dogs will make a beeline for rat poison and wolf it down if any is within their reach.

    In my neighborhood several years ago, I happened to see a stray dog eat one of those rat poison "bricks" that you can buy by the tubful at places like Orchard Supply. Knowing immediately that it was a crisis situation, I lured the dog to my home and into my backyard with a piece of bologna, and immediately called 9-1-1.

    Animal Control came and picked up the dog, and brought it to a local vet. There, they induced vomiting in the dog, administered charcoal to absorb as much of the poison as possible, and administered an unusual B-Vitamin, B-14, I think.

    Thankfully, the dog survived.

    But a year later, by chance, I heard that the dog was suffering from pancreatitis, and had to be fed a special diet.

    So rat poison can severely harm a dog even with prompt vet treatment.
  8. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    My family's first dog, we had for 13 years, and he still cringed slightly when you put a hand over his head. :( We adopted him from a shelter when he was about a year old - who knows what he experienced in that year that affected him the rest of his life. :(

    Our cat, we got from a friend of my old roommate. I know he was often left alone by his owner and when he lived with my roommate and I, he often was relegated to sleeping on the couch in the living room because the other 2 cats had our beds. Now that he has Alf and I to himself, he's so spoiled, he won't even leave us alone in the bathroom! :rofl:
  9. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    And kudos to you for helping your stray dog. When I got a former cat from a shelter, she was so nervous and alert, she never really slept soundly because she seemed to be constantly on guard. It made me so happy a few years later to see her sleeping soundly with cute little cat snores without a worry in the world. Those little snores were such a great reward. :)
    sk8pics and (deleted member) like this.
  10. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I treat animals better than I treat people. To be honest, I like animals better than people. :shuffle:
  11. ballettmaus

    ballettmaus Well-Known Member

    That's the thing, the point was to kill the dogs. It's happened before and people usually know that there's poisoned meat on the streets again. But word does take time to get around and even if you know, your dog might eat something that single second you're not looking. ... Like I said, it's just sick!
  12. ballettmaus

    ballettmaus Well-Known Member

    My computer thought it should be posted twice, sorry.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2013
  13. CDANN1013

    CDANN1013 Active Member

    Wish there was a like button. Animals never judge, just love.
  14. Grannyfan

    Grannyfan Active Member

    My daughter just this week took in a puppy that someone dumped. He'd been turned out long enough that he was absolutely skin and bones and was covered with fleas. No ticks, thank goodness. He couldn't even eat at first. She's taken care of the fleas and is slowly nursing him back. He's still pretty frightened but making improvement. Since she already has three dogs and two cats, she's hoping to find a home for him, but she'll be very picky about it. He won't be healthy enough for a good while, but I wonder what effect being moved away from the only person who's ever shown him any kindness would have on him.
  15. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    When we were in Texas, my parents dog died. We suspect she got into poison but have no way to know. :(
  16. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

    Did you report it to the police as well?
  17. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

    If the messages you post here are any indication, I've never known you to be anything less than big - hearted.
  18. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

    You should contact the local Animal Control Department if there is one, and tell them what you know. They will investigate. If there isn't one, contact the Police Department.
  19. BaileyCatts

    BaileyCatts Well-Known Member

    Same here! I would rep you but I can't right now.

    There was a story on my local news tonight where I heard the headline about a man hurting a kitten, but I just couldn't bear to watch the story so I don't know if he was punished. Wish the same to happen to him someday. I don't know how anyone could ever be so cruel to a poor little kitten.
  20. heckles

    heckles Well-Known Member

    No dog ever lied to me.
  21. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

    It's just sad. What goes into the mind of people that hurt animals? Some people are very sick!

    Yes. They refer me to animal control and I gave a statement & my information. Today I'm to check on the dog.

    I also contacted Code of Enforcement re my neighbors. We'll see how they take that. :yikes:
  22. liv

    liv Well-Known Member

    I like animals over people too...although kitty rubbing at my feet here is driving me nuts... but i haven't fed him yet so i guess he's justified, lol :)

    People who abuse animals should get far more than they do in terms of punishment. I get so angry when I hear about these things because the animals just want to love you and then they suffer in silence and can't escape.... at least people have the ability to tell someone, although that doesn't always happen either

    We were once given a puppy and she shied away from being pet on the head and she never grew out of it in all her 15 years... it felt so awful to try to pet her and then see her do that, or see other people do the same and wonder if they were thinking we had abused her... always made us wonder what happened to her as a small pup...
  23. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

    My cat Callie, who is 10 now, was dumped at the humane society when she was about a year old. They threw her over the fence. She was malnourished, had not been wormed properly, had gingivitis, and was infected with Bartonella. To this day, she cringes a little if I go to let her on top of her head. I have to put my hand out and let her bring her head to my hand. So I think they may have smacked her around, too.

    In spite of this, she is loving and otherwise trusting, and is sure that everyone who comes to the house has come just to see her. And she will fall asleep on top of me and do those little cat snores, so adorable. And right now she is side by side with my other cat Leo, whom she hates, looking out into the backyard. So cute.
  24. madm

    madm Well-Known Member

  25. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

    Madm Ugh! It just makes me sick to my stomach. :(


    I felt for the dog, and then felt for the poor Raccoon. Ouch! :eek:


    Apparently Raccoons have been known to kill pets (??). I always assumed they were fuzzy and friendly.
  26. dardar1126

    dardar1126 Well-Known Member

  27. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    A lot of psychopaths/sociopaths assault/torture/kill animals before they go on to do the same to humans.

    I can't bear cruelty to animals. I too tend to like animals better than people, in general, and cruelty to animals disturbs me more than cruelty to children because a child can eventually learn that what was done to him/her was wrong, whereas an animal never will.

    There is just so much animal abuse out there - not only individual cases, but puppy mills, backyard dogs, not to mention animals in food factories. There is an organization here that breaks into people's homes and yards to release abused dogs and I applaud their effort. Some of those dogs have been chained since puppies and their collars have been embedded in their skin. Horrible.

    I'm reading Wayne Pacelle's book The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Paycelle has been the president of The Humane Society of the United States for 12 years.

    It is a powerful book, but I can only handle a few pages at a time.
  28. dardar1126

    dardar1126 Well-Known Member

  29. Gypsy

    Gypsy Watching the Leaves Change!

    Our family had also taken in a dog that had a rough start. We think she was probably a puppy mill pup, went thru a pet shop and the family who got her from there had a toddler and baby on the way, so they were selling her. She was a pure bred cocker and when we went to get her she just crawled all over us. She seemed to have a fear of men and was very jumpy. A month after we got her home, the wife of the family wanted to see how she was (she adored her!). We said sure, you can visit. Well when the woman came in the door she was fine, but when the husband came in she flattened out on the floor and lost control of her bladder. She was also crying like I have never heard a dog cry before. Needless to say, I think we figured out the fear of men. I don't think he intentionally abused her but from what we found out, he had never owned a dog before and did not realize how to treat one. Brandy was the love of our life and we miss her terribly (she passed away in 2003), and where we live right now we cannot have a pet. *sigh* someday...

    Right now our state is very up in arms about this case...Savage Man Appears in Court on Animal Cruelty Charges
  30. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting this. I got a little teary eyed looking at them.