Animal Cruelty Cases Need To Be Reported
This is the time of year when many of us stop to give thanks to our Creator. But what about taking care of His creations?
I am talking, of course, about his gifts to us of the companion animals that so many of us have come to depend on in our daily lives. I know there are many out there who know and love their animals and see them as the “gifts” they truly are.
But we also anguish over the ones that are not cherished or loved, the ones that are chained 24/7 and left to freeze in the winter or die of heat exposure in the summer. Did you know that there are laws protecting animals from this type of abuse? There are. But, little is done in a legal system already overburdened with cases.
Please take the time to file the complaints when you see animals abused. Often, just having an officer go to the owner will be enough to cause the owner to do the right thing. Here are the steps you take: No. 1: You must file a report in person with Animal Control. No. 2: There is a very thin line to detail the complaint. If you need more room, ask for paper or use the other side of sheet No. 3: Animal Control workers have seen the worst of the worst, and they understand how the court system sees these cases. However, that is no reason not to file or not to go down and re-file if you see there has been no aid given to a dog that you have reported.
We must continue to be a voice for the voiceless. We also need to be at the Animal Control meetings and asking questions of County Mayor David Crum, and we need to be at city meetings. If Hawkins County can limit chaining to eight hours a day, then Greeneville ought to hang its head in shame when it cannot.
Dogs that live at the end of chains 24/7 are so frustrated that once a child wanders into its realm, that child will most likely die of a dog attack or suffer serious injuries. I am only surprised when it does not happen more often.
When it does, everyone screams “shoot the dog!” That is no solution. There are hundreds more like that dog! I want to scream, “No, it is the owner that should stand in judgment.” No companion animal should ever be chained in a yard for its life and be expected to be a safe pet or be a reasonable animal for anyone to be around, much less a child.
We need to end this practice in our communities, and we need to end it now! We don’t do it to our horses, cows, goats, pigs, cats or fish, and yet it is OK to do it to a dog? Why does that make any sense to anyone at all?