Cruelty

Animal Planet was on the television at the vet’s office, and since I had all fifteen pounds of my nervous pup squashed up between my arms and my lap, reading was impossible. So I was forced to watch.  Airing was something called Animal Cops.  I sat down to wait in the middle of an episode of horror.

Emaciated dogs, so skinny they had to be carried, were being rescued from breeding pens.  These animals were left to die in the Texas heat without food or even water.  The sheriff’s team of conducting the raid found 35 carcasses on the property.  My own pet,
along with 100 others, had been rescued just one short year ago from a puppy
mill.  She had been forced to breed in squalor, but unlike these poor creatures, at least she had been fed.  Sitting there, in the waiting room surrounded by people and smells and noises, I stroked her back and nuzzled her neck to hide the tears in my eyes.   The scenes on the television before me were awful. Poor, defenseless animals were locked inside their very own hell.  How could anyone do such a terrible thing to another living creature?

And then, inside my head, at that very moment, I had a thought so disturbing I could feel the surge of adrenaline shoot through my nervous system.  My heart skipped and I had a sensation as startling as if ice water had been thrown down my back:

I love my dog more than god loves his children.

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This is the video of the rescue that led us to getting our sweet girl:

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About Brick Window

A mother and an atheist--Just trying to do the best I can in a suburb full of believers.
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5 Responses to Cruelty

  1. fribnit says:

    I love dogs, really all animals but dogs are my heart. I still morn the loss of my family dog nearly two years ago.

    Cruelty to any animal is a deplorable act. Our pets look only for love and offer nothing but love in return.
    My heart breaks and I am too weak to watch shows that detail the cruelty of man towards animals.

    Of course you love your dog more than god loves his children. Your love is real and heart felt. Gods love is imaginary and capriciuos as it is created entirely within the mind of the deluded.

  2. prosey says:

    I can’t even tell you how upsetting it is for me to watch videos like that…and not because I’m squeamish or that I’ve never seen it. Dogs and cats have only the very basic tools to defend themselves with. Puppies and kittens are damn near defenseless. I was just thinking the other day…how would people treat animals if they could identify themselves as part of the animal kingdom (which most people seem not to be able to accept that basic fact)? Then I considered how many of our fellow human beings treat other human beings who are in some way “different”…and it just made me sad.

    I’m glad that these poor dogs were rescued. *sigh*

  3. Jay Walker says:

    With three dogs in the house and another one coming on Wednesday, this story, and others like it, just breaks my heart. I don’t understand how people can be so cruel. I know that the animal kingdom is cruel. but in a mindless, neutral way. In nature, there is no morality because it all comes down to basic survival; hunter and prey. Humans, however, are intentionally cruel and can actually derive pleasure from the suffering of other. It gives a whole different meaning to the word “civilized”.

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