Somewhere out there is a person with a huge problem. Anyone who inflicts pain on another living thing on purpose has giant issues in life.
Whether they were abused themselves, just have no control, whatever, harming another living thing is just not acceptable. And right there near the top of list is the harming of innocent animals.
I have had lots of dogs in my lifetime, all castoffs from the local pound. And the one thing I have always found is that all these animals want is love, attention and a sense they are part of a family. They seem to live long lives, are healthy and happy and they usually become important parts of families.
The bottom line is that pets are living things and they deserve our love and respect.
Over the past few years in Chester County, however, there have been incidents of animals mistreated, shot, strangled, you name it.
The latest case occurred over the weekend.
Cora Brown, a Coatesville resident, identified a dog found dead and burned as her 4½-year-old Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix named Prince Wooga Wooga Brown but more commonly known as Woogie.
Now let’s be clear here: someone killed this dog. Woogie didn’t die on his own.
According to reporter Eric Smith, Animal Protective Services officer Craig Baxter said a necropsy found Woogie was burned after he had died of apparent asphyxiation. He said there was no indication of strangulation or blunt-force trauma, and there was no charring in the lungs or throat of the dog to indicate it had been burned alive.
Baxter said the final test results will give investigators a clear picture of exactly what happened and they may be available as soon as today. He said the dog was 90 percent charred, but its face was left intact and was identified by Brown who said the dog was her “baby” and she is mystified how anyone could have committed this heinous crime.
“I don’t know how to make sense of it,” Brown said. “I don’t know if I could ever understand why it was done.” Brown said she was relieved Woogie was not burned alive. “It gives me some sense of relief that he didn’t get burned prior to dying,” Brown said. “I didn’t want my puppy to die, but I do have some relief from that.”
Brown said Woogie originally was a graduation present for her daughter in 2008, but she came to be its primary caretaker. A widow of 17 years, she said the dog had become her companion in life. She also said Woogie was instrumental in helping her battle breast cancer after she was diagnosed in 2008.
“He was there for me when no one else was,” Brown said as she choked up.
Now about that person out there who committed this act…
I have to ask the obvious question which is why? What reason could there have been to put this dog through the pain and torture? The answer is that there IS no reason.
Having said that, I realize that people do have issues. And the person responsible for this crime has issues. Real issues. Real serious problems.
I am asking that the person responsible for this contact me. Call me. E-mail me. I will make sure that the police are notified and that you are arrested. However, you also need help. Tell the police what is going on in your life that drove you to this. They are not heartless. While you will be charged with a crime, you will at last get the help you need – and you need help.
The SPCA and outside donors are offering a $3,500 reward for information that leads to a conviction in this case, according to spokesman Rich Britton. And investigators ask anyone with information about the incident to call Coatesville police at 610-384-2300 or the SPCA at 610-692-6113, ext. 213.
Believe me, when it comes to animals, people don’t take kindly to this sort of treatment. And if they find you before the police do, well, you may be sorry you didn’t make the phone call.
My phone number is 610 430 1116 and my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. C’mon, do the right thing. Woogie, just all of our beloved pets, will forgive you. They always do. People don’t…
— Andy Hachadorian