I sincerely hope this will be a good discussion article on companion animals being injured and tortured and dying from those injuries.
I won’t go into sentencing because we all know those who harm dogs get a harsher punishment than those who harm cats. Every state now considers animal cruelty a felony but that doesn’t mean the abuser will be punished if convicted.
First, let us go back to 2015 when William Leonard Dodson was arrested in Charleston, South Carolina in the abuse case of Caitlyn, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix who was found with electrical tape wrapped around her muzzle. His bond was set at $50,000 and he got a lengthy prison sentence. Keep in mind we’re talking about a dog who didn’t die from her injuries.
Fast forward to April 2019 when a Cameron County, Pennsylvania man is out on $5,000 bond after being charged with felony animal torture and a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals. PoC covered that article here. “Beauty” had to be euthanized due to her injuries. By the way, Keaun Kennedy, 21, of Driftwood is already out of jail and enjoying his freedom.
One of the biggest cat cruelty cases to make the news this week comes out of Plymouth, Pennsylvania where a sick bastard is accused of attaching food to a fish hook which is attached to string. The man is accused of feeding neighborhood cats, hook and all.
From what I understand there is a suspect being investigated. So what? If and when he’s charged, he’ll be released on a small bond. Just wait and see. Because that’s what happens to cat abusers.
There’s a dog case I’m watching right now and I’m curious how the abuser will be treated if and when an arrest is made. Booby-trapped chicken skins laced with needles and toothpicks were discovered recently, strung up with fishing line, in an alleyway on the popular dog walk route between Oak Road and Earlwood Drive in Alderholt (a large village and civil parish in the East Dorset district of Dorset, England).
I’d like for you all to do an experiment using Google search engine. Type in “dog abuser held on $50,000 bond.” Go ahead. You’ll find page after page after page. Apparently, $50,000 is a good bond for a dog abuser.
Now do another Google search and type in “cat abuser held on bond.” It’s extremely rare to find a bond of over $5,000. most are in the $1,500-$2,500 range.
Dog abusers are getting $50,000 bonds for dogs that survived abuse and cat abusers are getting $5,000 or less bond for cats who died from their injuries.
Why? Are dogs considered more valuable than cats? Both are companion animals. What kind of crap are we teaching our kids when we show dog abusers get a harsher punishment than a cat abuser. An abuser is an abuser and most graduate to harming a spouse or family member.
There is one lesson we should take from this. Cats AND dogs shouldn’t be left unguarded outside because the world is full of sickos who know that animal law rarely hands down a punishment that fits the crime. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the poisoned meat meant for dogs.
As for the three cats who ate the fish hook bait, only one was found and surgery was performed. That cat was only hours away from dying. The other two cats haven’t been seen or trapped and are most likely dead by now.
I think it’s sad that a case can go to trial with witnesses and evidence and the perpetrator can still get away with it.