A two-year-old boy left at Wal-Mart with a note pinned to him… saying his mother could no longer take care of him. As upsetting as this a story is, part of me is thankful that at least his mother – or whoever wrote that note – left him in a place where someone would find him, rather than abandoning in him on the side of the road.
When it comes to animal cruelty, I can’t stay quiet. Dog-fighting, cock-fighting, whatever it’s called, these are not “sports.” They are death matches and some of the most inhumane, cruel behavior I can imagine. For me, there is never an excuse to entice animals to maul and even kill one another. To think there are so many people who believe this is OK is just as upsetting.
One of the men connected to Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring is going to prison. Terry Kendrick would sometimes act as a “referee” at these fights, according to authorities. He was sentenced to 13 ½ years in prison – though only six of those are for dog fighting. Authorities say this guy was connected to several dog fighting operations and even bred fighting dogs in his basement. I am physically ill at the thought of these poor dogs, born and bred to die.
OK, let’s pick up the mood a little, but we’ll stick with man - and woman’s! – bff, the dog. Specifically, Jake, a black lab from Omaha. (No, I didn’t pick this story because he has the same name as my dog… though that tidbit doesn’t hurt!) Poor guy doesn’t normally get a lot of credit… his family says he doesn’t listen very well, he’s hyper and acts “a little weird” at times. (They should see what my Jake does when he sees aluminum foil!) But Jake showed his stuff on Friday when he plucked the family’s 12-year-old son from a nearby river, churning mercilessly from all the rain.
I hope he got an extra biscuit or two.
Filed under: Erica Hill
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