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A Police Officer Writes About Animal Abuse
By Mr. Ed
Last edited: Thursday, July 17, 2008
Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2005

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Education Is The Key




An Article by a Dedicated Police Officer

Who Sadly Sees the Horrific Results of Animal Abuse – Every Day




See Spot. See Spot Killed.

by Sergeant Steve Brownstein
of the Chicago Police Department



I have been a Chicago Police Officer for over 13 years, most of it patrolling in high crime areas. Over the last decade, an increasing number of gang members nationwide have turned to dog fighting as a preferred form of gambling and recreational activity. Although dog fighting is a felony here in Illinois, it is done with disturbing frequency.


This practice is not only cruel to dogs, it's harmful for children. Recently, when I spoke before a group of fifth and sixth graders and asked how many children had witnessed dog fights, every hand in the room went up.


The dog fighting business is a bloody, gruesome spectacle in which one animal tears the other apart. When dogs lose fights, owners who are angry about losing money on them often throw their animals into garbage dumps or put them into vacant apartments to die slow, agonizing deaths from infection, starvation, or dehydration. I have recovered many such dogs, still alive, in varying states of mutilation.


I have seen a Rottweiler mixed breed with the skin of her face torn off; a pit bull puppy whose stomach was ripped open; a shepherd mixed breed whose penis was shreds. I have also seen corpses of dogs who were burned alive for losing fights.


Children see these things, too, and the danger is that they will emulate the violence around them. I have stopped children trying to make dogs fight, and I know of a group that swung a puppy around by a rope, snapping its neck.


One fifth grader, describing to me in graphic detail a pit bull fight to which his uncle took him, told me that when the losing dog urinated and defecated upon itself before it died, he was the only one in the crowd who did not explode with laughter.


To grow up sane and self-respecting, children need to learn to treat other creatures — animals and humans — with decency, compassion, and humanity. This should be taught in school programs; but to be effective, the lessons have to be manifest on the streets.


Because humane society investigators do not have full law enforcement powers, it is unrealistic to expect that they can stop this cruelty unaided. Joint efforts must be made with police officers specifically trained and assigned to stop animal abuse.


Some ask, with all the problems we face, what matters the fate of dogs?


But to me, the question is, what kind of society do we become - if our children lose their humanity?



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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Reviewed by Stacy Mantle
Ghandi said it best: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

I, for one, agree - and it looks like this wonderful police officer is another who "gets" it...
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine
Yes - there is much human suffering along with animal suffering. Since animals, plants and the good earth is created by God and we are a part of it, it should be taught not only in school but in churches well. I tried to teach my children this and it has been handed down- not to be curel to God's creatures for I sincerely believe all abuse is thought in childhood. Thanks for bringing this to our attention and since man has dominance over all the earth may he treat it, as the native Americans did, with the respect due.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
'But to me, the question is, what kind of society do we become - if our children lose their humanity? '

Reviewed by Mark Carroll
I wonder, how to infect the responsiblity we humans have for caring for pets without being excentric.
Reviewed by L. Figgins
Oh insideous is the slow de-humanization of our children. I shrink in horror, Ed! This needed to be brought to our attention...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Thanks for sharing this with usw all Ed!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
hardhitting write, ed; thank you for sharing and caring for our animal friends! god bless you, and thank you for being a champion to our furry and feathered friends!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :( >tears <
Reviewed by George Carroll
It seems it is already lost in many, adults and children alike for they learn from us. Poweful write.

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