Peggy Lohmann: Animal cruelty needs to be punished


Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.

The September 27 article “Puppy Found Buried Alive Recovering Nicely….” ), about a 2-week-old puppy buried alive, was only one of thousands of episodes, nationwide, of animal cruelty. We can only hope that the person who committed this horrific crime is caught, and caught quickly.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and many other animal advocacy groups, there is a strong connection between animal abuse and violence directed at humans. The ASPCA states that a study of 11 U.S. cities revealed that a history of pet abuse is one of the four most significant indicators of individuals who become domestic batterers. And the cycle continues, generation to generation. The ASPCA also states that children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to be cruel to animals.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) adds that Robert K. Ressler, someone who developed profiles of serial kills for the FBI, also sees the connection with the statement, “Murderers ... very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids.”

Anyone who can put a tiny puppy, upside-down, into an 8-inch hole, then cover it with dirt to squeeze the air from its lungs and bring on a slow, painful death, is an immediate and certain danger to the public.

Once this individual is found, instead of the typical slap on the wrist, here’s hoping that a significant fine and jail term are levied, thus sending a message that cruelty and abuse of animals will not be tolerated by a civil society.

Peggy Lohmann

Braintree, MA

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