Braking Bad

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.” ]

About yelodoggie

Ariel C. Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. They have been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. They have written two books about their true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also wrote a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and was a contributing editor for They attribute their love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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11 Responses to Braking Bad

  1. Darbi Rash says:

    I posted this on my page, the cruelty has reached unbelievable levels. Prosecution of abusers has to be strict and followed through.


  2. Mollie Morrissette says:

    I screamed and then cried when I saw this.

    It’s soooo hard not to hate humans, because I do hate the mean ones. I personally think this kind of abuse is pathological and cannot be eradicated by education. Those people are mentally ill.

    I can almost guarantee you they are also abusing their spouses and children. If it was up to me I would put them down. When you are so damaged mentally that rehabilitation is ineffective (historically, it is a waste of time) and you are a danger to others – euthanize them – the humans, that is.


  3. Mollie Morrissette says:

    Actually, what I meant to say is that they are brain damaged.


  4. Cheri says:

    They should not live for what they did!!!!!!!!! They should be treated as bad or worse than the poor dog, People like this are not normal people.Makes me SICK!!!!!!!!!!!


  5. This is so sad , people have no heart this pisses me off


  6. The photo says it all…a wake up call to what gores on over and over…


  7. Sugel says:

    The UK government has publicly stated that animals are sentient beings, not merely commodities; and has confirmed its commitment to the highest possible standards of animal welfare.


  8. Irv Oslin says:

    Sadly, the livestock lobby in Ohio, read Farm Bureau, has too much clout to get meaningful animal cruelty laws passed. Their logic is, if they can tell people not to mistreat dogs, they’ll be out here next telling us we can’t confine 12 chickens in a battery cage built for eight.


  9. Ron Stuart says:

    I treat my dog benals like I would treat my family member ,never yelling at him , he is such a tropper I can’t stand it when people yell at their pets ,it’s really disturbs me . love your pets they need your love .


  10. gold account says:

    The UK government has publicly stated that animals are sentient beings, not merely commodities; and has confirmed its commitment to the highest possible standards of animal welfare.


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