BRENTWOOD, Calif. —
A Brentwood couple who said a man beat their two dogs to death with a shovel over the weekend before burning and burying the bodies was outraged to learn that what the man did was completely legal under California law.
The unique and unusual case of what the couple is calling animal cruelty took place recently when the couple’s dog got loose from their yard on Sunday.
The two dogs, a Rottweiler and German shepherd that pet owner Ellen Barkley rescued from a shelter ten years ago, wandered down the road to an area residence. The man who lives at that home said the two dogs were trying to attack his chickens.
The man beat the dogs with a shovel until they were dead before taking them to his place of employment and setting the bodies on fire and burying them.
I love dogs. Anybody who reads me knows this. But I just watched some weeping woman on television blaming this guy for “murdering” her dogs.
The dogs didn’t “wander off.” They escaped through a hole in the irresponsible owner’s yard. They then invaded somebody else’s property and attacked some other person’s animals.
The real murderer in this case is the irresponsible owner who didn’t take proper care of her animals. And who is now not only blaming somebody else for her own failures, but is trying to get laws passed supporting and excusing her own failures. Because it’s a hell of a lot easier to blame somebody else for your lapses (and try to get laws passed that would excuse them) than it is to take personal responsibility for yourself and your pets.
Hell, this is America. We don’t do personal responsibility here. Not any more.
Poor dogs and stupid owners. A deadly mix.