The May 19 Herald reported a Kennewick man kicked one dog to death and after being released from custody, allegedly shot another with a pellet gun after throwing, kicking, choking and holding the dog against a wall by the throat, according to his roommate.
There is an opportunity for the justice system in our community to set a precedent by handing down first-degree animal cruelty rulings in both cases, proving the punishment for abusing an animal in the Tri-Cities actually fits the crime. It is time.
We domesticated animals for our pleasure. These are highly sensitive creatures sharing the same feelings of fear, suffering and pain as their human counterparts while leaving us in the dust in the unconditional love and loyalty department. We could take a lesson.
Animal abuse has been pushed under the rug all across our country. No longer can we allow indifference to be our master. Turning a blind-eye leads to horrific suffering and death of innocent animals while speaking poorly, very poorly, of us as a people.
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JUDI NELSON, West Richland