Our pets. How we love them no matter what size, color,or breed. We become addicted to their presence because it is filled with nothing but good.
That's why it's so disturbing to hear of the recent spate of poisonings around the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene area. It even touched one of our local bloggers. I think back to how painful it was watching the decline of Bacchus. But it was a disease and old age. Something I wasn't ready for but not unexpected. But poisoning! How utterly horrible! Just this morning there was another report of poisonings downstate a bit. Thirteen since January! What kind of people are roaming about out there?
There is an effort being made to find out who these people are and to keep track of them once caught. An animal abuse registry much like the one for sex offenders. California has legislation pending. Tenneessee, Louisiana and New York are considering the same. What a great idea. After all, animal abusers often do not stop with animals! One California legislator, state Senator Bob Huff, thinks it's overkill to put animal abuse on a par with child abuse. I think he's wrong. Abuse is abuse.
He also states that the fines imposed for such crimes wouldn't generate enough revenue to cover the costs of the registry. While there are abuse sites being run by private citizens, a national data base would be far more effective!
So many people have told us, since we have no children, the dogs were our kids. Well, I'll accept that premise for the likes of Mr. Huff!
As for the fines not being enough to support it? Well, here's a thought. Make fines stiff enough so that they do! Sheesh.