Three recent incidents of severe animal abuse don’t exactly signal an epidemic but they are enough to raise concerns - and, because, the abuse was so obviously deliberate, to make us wonder about what kind of person could do such a thing.
On April 4, The New Britain Herald reported that two dogs were found a week apart severely malnourished. The first was so small that animal control officers believed he was a puppy, until x-rays showed him to be two years old. The second, found in Fairview Cemetery, was also painfully thin.
Even more frightening was the story, reported by Bristol Press reporter Brian Johnson Tuesday, of a dog found in Plainville, who showed signs of being cut by a knife.
All three of these dogs are now in healing hands and are doing well - no thanks to the humans who abused them.
“Animals are inspiring,” said Plainville Animal Control Officer Donna Weinhofer.. “They can take a lot of neglect and abuse and still be able to love a human being and learn to trust someone again.”
But that doesn’t mean we should look past these incidents. New Britain Police are asking residents to report signs that an animal is being caged and underfed. And certainly we should speak up if we are aware of the kind of abuse that the Plainville dog suffered.
If you need a reason to become involved, here’s one: People who intentionally hurt animals enjoy hurting things, perhaps because it makes them feel powerful. Many of these abusers would hurt other people if they could get away with it. They just choose to hurt animals because animals are more helpless than people. Or, more ominously,their actions are just the beginning: They may go on to hurt humans.
So, please, if you see an animal in distress, say something!