Once again I am stunned at the viciousness, depravity, and sheer savageness of the human race. I stumbled across this article:
To sum up, for those that don't want to follow the link to the news article: a dog was rescued from the pound in Los Angeles. His name is Phoenix, and he is a German Shepherd. Notably, his ears had been sliced off. What this told them was that he had been used as a Bait Dog for a dog-fighting ring. I had no idea of what a bait dog was until today, but was horrified. The article does explain it better than this, but in short, a bait dog is used to teach the fighting dogs to attack. His ears were sliced off to prevent an injury that would have to be treated, and his jaws were wired or tied shut so that he couldn't fight back even if he wanted to.
Ugh. That story feels like a punch to the gut. How people can do that to any living creature is a mystery to me. I have no love for those that have anything to do with dog fights: those that raise and train the dogs, and those that watch the fights and bet on them. I despise them all, and hope that we do all that we can do to eradicate that despicable criminal "enterprise."
There is no excuse for doing that to any living being, none at all. If these low-lifes are ever caught, I hope that they get more than a little slap on the wrist. If the law can't catch them, then I at least hope that karma comes and takes a huge chunk out of their hides. May they get exactly what they deserve.
But it doesn't accomplish anything to rant and rave about these criminals, thugs, monsters. It is much better to focus on Phoenix, aptly named, in my opinion, finally in the hands of humans who are going to treat him kindly and look out for his best interests. He's been bathed, treated for fleas, has no doubt enjoyed plenty of food and kind words. They will continue to work with him, and will eventually find him a home, hopefully with kind, gentle people, who will provide for him and love him for the rest of his life.
Because damn it, he deserves it, especially after all that he has been through.
And every time I start to feel rage at the scum that do this to dogs, and start to despair of the human race, I remember that there are also people out there that work tirelessly to save them. Rescue groups like Coastal German Shepherd help restore my faith in humanity, at least a little.