This dog was found in Alabama, chained up in the middle of nowhere. He was taken in to BJC Animal Control in Birmingham. He was so far gone both physically and mentally, that they had to put him down.
When I saw this photo, I thought my head would explode. I can’t believe that anyone on this planet would actually think that chaining a dog with a chain of this size is OK. With padlocks, no less.
I don’t care what the breed is. I don’t care what excuse is being used to justify such treatment. A person who does this, who thinks this is OK, has got their head all the way up their ass.
This dog was left chained on a public throughway. There is no owner to charge with cruelty, and there is no property owner to hold responsible. There is just another innocent pet who lost his life because he was betrayed by a human.
It’s easy to hate the people who do these things. It’s easy to wish them harm. It’s easy to call them bad names. But the sad facts are that the people who do these things don’t care. Hating them won’t make them care. So hating and wishing harm to them only gets your stomach in a knot. Don’t waste your time or your energy trying to break the bad. Instead, brake it.
If you really want to stop the suffering, if you really want to change things, let that misspent emotion fire you up enough to do something. Put the brakes on animal cruelty by writing your representatives and senators asking for tougher animal welfare laws. Brake the cycle by educating the young people in your life so acting humanely* and compassionately will come naturally to them. Focus your energy on helping one animal. Volunteer at a shelter. Put the brake on needless euthanization and advocate for a shelter animal on death row via Pet Pardons. Sign petitions. Donate money or supplies to your local shelters (many of which are broke). Educate yourself…there are dozens of ways to make a positive change.
Be a light in the darkness.
*[ the word 'humane' get's it's etymological origin from the word 'human'. It literally means "having qualities befitting human beings." ]