Such terrible news stories appear about animal cruelty.
I am not a fan of sharing such nightmarish tales, as some of you may agree. I work with dogs but this does not mean I would like pictures of suffering delivered to my Facebook page from all over the world. However, we have to take responsibility for the actions of our community. Is there any change we can make right now, or is it a case of hoping these horrors never happen?
The lovely gent who looks after and chivvies me to send in these columns, brought to my attention the recent discovery of the body of a dog that had been violently harmed, near Yaxley. It was a dreadfully sad story, and my heart goes out to the poor person that disovered it. Not to mention the poor animal itself.
The question offered to me was, is there any other way we can trace the owners or person that did this? As you know, microchipping your dog is now compulsory (see last week’s column, and book your dog in NOW to avoid a fine).
A microchip might tell us to whom the dog belongs, but often there is no more evidence.
However, it is hard to own a dog and keep it a secret. We do not live in an isolated community where no one makes any contact. We need to go shopping, we need to leave our homes. We take our cars for fuel. More than ever before, we have social media. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine, and the latest Periscope… Even photos of everyone’s feet (no idea why), cars and dinner appear on these, so surely somewhere there is a picture of the dog-victim.
Please don’t imagine that we should all turn into vigilantes. Instead, can we work as a community on keeping our families safe, including the dogs. There is a strong link between abuse to animals and abuse to people, particularly children. Let’s never turn a blind eye to harm; very different to getting involved or putting yourself at risk. You can report anonymously to the RSPCA and they will deal with it. Their resources are already over-stretched, so maybe we can do more ourselves to support and help people who are struggling with their pets.
As I said to my colleague, we may not be able to find out who owns this dog, but we do know one thing. There is one person, at least one person, who knows exactly what happened.