The animal rights movement in the United States is nothing new. But the “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” was something of an anomaly when the New York State Legislature granted Henry Bergh a charter for it in 1866. In the more than 150 years since, the ASPCA has been advocate for the netherworld of animal welfare. The Texas branch of the SPCA was incorporated on September 22, 1938 and works in conjunction with state and local leaders to oversee the well-being various non-human creatures (not including, of course, politicians and child molesters).
Currently, the ASPCA is monitoring the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which hit the East Coast last week. After the debacle involving Hurricane Katrina – and the literally millions of animals forcibly left stranded to be killed or die in agony – people demanded better protections for human and animal survivors of natural or even human-made disasters.
But, just as importantly, we now understand that animal abuse is tied to more severe problems in society. Some of the world’s worst serial killers, for example, had a history of animal cruelty. While most people who do something mean to an animal won’t turn into a Hannibal Lecter-type monster, we take it seriously now and often involve law enforcement.
I implore everyone to help in any way possible. Besides, animals actually appreciate when you help them out.
Earlier this month I reported on a dog that someone found with its mouth taped shut in Parker County, Texas, just west of Fort Worth. The female pug mix was rescued and named Hope. She’s recovered from her injuries and has been adopted by the couple on whose ranch she was found. Now, comes yet another horrific case of a dog found with its mouth taped shut, except this one did not survive. The body of the female pitbull mix was found in Kaufman County, just south of Dallas, on Friday, July 27. The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas has offered a $5,000 reward leading to information about the animal.
Dogs, like most animals, pant to keep cool; thus, forcing a dog’s jaws shut could cause it to overheat. In the triple-digit temperatures Texas has been experiencing lately, that could be deadly. Psychologists also have noted a link between animal cruelty and human violence. Some of the world’s most notorious serial killers, rapists and / or pedophiles had a reputation for animal abuse. Fortunately, law enforcement officials – in Texas and elsewhere – now take these matters seriously.
The dog in Kaufman County was taken to the SPCA’s Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas for a necropsy. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department at (972) 932-4337. It would be wishful thinking to expect that whoever is responsible for either of these abuse cases could suffer the same fate.