So, first things first: Argos is fine! He went to the vet for his teeth cleaning today, and everything went smoothly. When I called them at 1:30 to get a status update, they reported that they'd already finished the procedure, and that he was awake. We could come get him at 3:30.
They had to pull two teeth, neither one of which was a surprise to me. Of course one of them was the one I'd noticed was loose.
Jeff went to get him at 3:30, and brought him home. By the time I got home, Argos trotted up to the door to greet me. Perhaps not quite as enthusiastically as usual, but his tail was wagging. He also immediately began begging for dinner. I gave him a half portion, which he gobbled. Per the vet's instructions, I observed him for half an hour to make sure that he wasn't going to be sick, then gave him the rest. Which he also gobbled.
So it all looks good.
And on to the rant. Apparently, some horrible person or persons have decided that it is a good idea to kill pet llamas in my part of the state. Douchebags.
I have to admit that I didn't even see that in the news until I saw that a good friend of mine posted about it on her blog: http://boadiccea.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/someone-is-killing-llamas-in-western-pa/
The type of person that would drive by someone's farm in the middle of the night, shoot a llama and drive off... I have no words for how much that person disgusts me. I don't give a crap who they are, what their so-called reasons were, I don't even give a crap if it was "just" a stupid teenager... that person deserves to be punished, and harshly. Not that it will happen. The wishy washy police will just start mouthing platitudes and statements like, "Well, it's just an animal" and give them a little slap on the wrist, if they get caught at all.
I hate senseless death, of any kind, and I abhor the idea that these innocent animals died just so that some douchebag could get his rocks off and pretend like he's some great hunter. Or whatever he (or she, I guess) thought he was doing. People like that are completely incapable of empathy and if caught, they should be locked up and kept locked up until at the very least, they learn enough empathy to keep them from running around the countryside taking potshots at family pets. If they never learn it, oh well, throw away the key and never let them enter society again.
I do hope that they catch the person/s that did it, and publicly announce their names. Because on top of whatever puny punishment that law enforcement gives them, I think a good public shaming goes a long way. And of course they should have their stupid guns taken away.
Update: Ah. They have a confession. It WAS in fact, a teenager. (I had a feeling on that one. It seemed like a stupid teenaged prank gone too far.) Which means that the public shaming route probably isn't going to fly.