This is senseless and cruel. My hometown is organizing to deal with two young men (they are adults) accused of torturing and killing a four-month old Saint Bernard. They were arrested last weekend and are currently out on bail.
Many people in Dresde are angry, because the affidavit stated that not only did they commit this heinous act, but they did it over a matter of hours.
I tend to agree with the Jackson Sun editorial.
The alleged torture and killing of a Saint Bernard puppy by two Weakley County teenagers has caused a firestorm of public outrage. Certainly, the animal cruelty described by Dresden Police Chief Randal Walker is heartbreaking. We trust that, if proven guilty, the legal system will hold those responsible accountable to the full extent of the law.
As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 6,100 people had signed an online petition urging stiff penalties for the alleged crime. Signatures and comments on the website came from across the U.S. and many foreign countries. And, once again, Tennessee’s name and reputation have been sullied by pointless, irresponsible and, in this case, cruel actions.
The editorial board goes on to talk about alternatives is a good one once the shock dies down, and in the defense of my hometown, there are quite a few options for animals although, of course, there is always room for more options. More food, more foster families and more facilities to help neglected, abused and abandoned animals.
I still can’t get past, however, the level of cruelty that these men are accused of doing and according to reports, basked in. They are accused of kicking the dog, hanging the puppy and then stabbing him.
The worst part about this story is that one of the guys was supposed to help a neighbor find the puppy a home. The reports says he decided he didn’t want to do that, and his plans were a bit more nefarious. This story in the initial report from the Jackson Sun is honestly horrifying. And according to the police chief, a man I like and respect who has always been kind to me and an ally when I needed it throughout the years named Randal Walker, said these teenagers had “no remorse” for what they had done.
This is not only sickening but it’s pretty damned scary. I’m no psychologist but this seems like a very bad thing. If anyone can do this for hours for fun, when what else are they capable of.
They haven’t been to court yet and won’t appear before a judge until June 13th where they will face the allegations of aggravated animal cruelty.
Be sure to join the Facebook page, Justice for Puppy Doe and even if you can’t attend the event (I unfortunately can’t) let them know that you are watching and paying attention. LET ME WARN YOU that some of the photos are heartbreaking. There are folks like me that cannot fathom WHY anyone would hurt (for an extended amount of time in this case I might add) a helpless animal? And there is a petition, which is nearly at 10,000 signatures as of this writing if you so inclined to join.
The Golden Rule, people, treat others (including animals who just want to love you dammit) they way you want to be treated.