OK, we can blow past all the rhetoric, all of the talk about how horrific this case is, how we are going to bring the criminals to just and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
The fact is that killing innocent animals isn’t a new event. In fact, animal cruelty seems to happen around here more and more every day. We’ve had kittens killed, dogs shot and left near railroad tracks and twice in the past four months, dogs burned to death.
In case anyone hasn’t noticed, there is a real animal abuse and animal cruelty problem in Chester County. And the worst part of it all is that despite all the talk, there’s nothing the police or the SPCA can do about it until the people take action.
In case you missed it over the weekend, a medium-sized pit bull-type dog was the latest victim. Police reporter Michael Price wrote that Wagontown Fire Chief Todd Ziegler was driving along the roadway at around 8 p.m. when he happened to notice what he thought was a brush fire on the side of the road. Ziegler notified fire crews who made a grisly discovery as they extinguished the blaze.
According to Mike’s story, Ziegler recalled approaching the scene with another firefighter and said “something wasn’t right, and we requested the police department to step it up and get over here.”
Ziegler said police performed a quick search of the area to make sure no one was around as firefighters confirmed that a caged animal had been killed in the fire.
The dog found caged and burning about 50 feet from the roadway along a gravel drive. Fire crews then notified the Animal Protection Services officers from the Chester County SPCA and the Chester County Fire Marshall’s to investigate the incident.
Rich Britton, a spokesman for the SPCA, said that these types of crimes will not be tolerated in the county and urged anyone with information regarding the incident to contact authorities. “This is the type of behavior that could escalate and involve humans next if it hasn’t already,” Britton said. “These kinds of people have got to be put away and prosecuted to the fullest extent.”
Now this isn’t a knock of Britton but other than good sound bites for local television I think the SPCA and law enforcement need to take a different strategy when it comes to this issue. The SPCA and law enforcement aren’t reaching the intended audience when it comes to getting the word out on animal cruelty. The “bad guys” aren’t sitting around watching the 6 o’clock news listening to the promises of no tolerance of animal cruelty.
Actually, I’d like to hear – even on the qt – what’s really being done to catch the cowards who find no problem killing animals. One thing is right about: that these thugs would likely have no problem offing a person as well as an animal. After all, they are showing the rest of us that they are animals themselves.
So what can be done? Well, first thing I’d do is manage to catch someone – anyone – committing ANY act of cruelty to ANY kind of animal. And then I would make sure they are arrested and either fined or jailed. The more severe the punishment the better. Maybe try using informants. It works in other areas of crime. Please, do something! But as long as these people know they’ll never get caught and if caught, never do jail time is no deterrent.
The truth of the matter is that these people know they will never get caught. They travel in circles of sickos just like themselves. So no one will rat them out.
There is also the matter of a reward. We need some giant corporation – like Purina or a company like that – to put up some serious money to get the criminals to turn on each other. Nothing says narc like cold, hard cash. Let’s face it, there’s no honor among thieves or those who kill animals.
I don’t know about anyone else but it makes me sick to think of a dog – or any animal for that matter – being tortured and killed for no reason other than to give them the psychotic pleasure of doing it.
So if anyone out there who’s involved reads this, c’mon, how much cash would it take for you to turn in your pal? A hundred? A thousand? A couple thousand? Every lowlife has a price. What’s yours?
Actually, sending you to jail would be perfect. Other than child abusers, jailhouse justice also happens to those who kill puppies and kittens…
Oh, and just in case, anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact Animal Protective Services at 610-692-6113 ext. 213.
I know you won’t but I figured I’d throw it out there anyway…
— Andy Hachadorian