MEOW! My name is June Buggie, and I have something to say!
I’m tired of hearing the same story over and over again.
Joseph the dog remained chained to a tree for four years. He was barely fed or given water. The dog’s owner, Jeremy Temple, reportedly told law enforcement that it’s “just a dog.”
And now you are all upset and appalled that the most that Mr. Temple can be sentenced to for animal cruelty is 6 months in jail and a $1000 fine.
Excuse me, but if you don’t think the law is severe enough, why haven’t YOU done something to change it?
Do you even know what the laws are regarding animal cruelty in your community? Do you know how your local political leaders stand on animal cruelty?
Don’t you DARE tell me there’s nothing you can do. You can do plenty, and it takes relatively little time.
Call your local law enforcement office or district attorney’s office and ask what’s the punishment for animal cruelty. Then if you’re not satisfied, take some action. Talk to your neighbors when you walk your dogs or hang out at the dog park. Discuss it with your family and your co-workers. Write a letter to the editor. Make some phone calls to your local elected officials.
Start the conversation, and encourage others to talk as well. Sure, there will be those such as Temple, who will try to browbeat you into shutting up by saying, “it’s just a dog.” Some will even throw religious scripture up in your face. Don’t let them stop you.
We can’t speak for ourselves, so we must depend on you to speak for us.
You always did want to be a trend setter, so set the trend in your community to promote responsible care of animals.