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Friday, May 10, 2013
Recently, I read in The Roanoke Times about a person who neglected a horse named Lulu to the point that the animal could not be saved (“Boones Mill woman gets 30 days for animal cruelty,” May 3 news story).
The same organization that cared for this animal, the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, has now received a colt named Shotgun. He is so severely malnourished that he weighs a mere 245 pounds. He should be twice that weight at his age.
The person who owned Lulu was sentenced to 30 days in jail — and allowed to serve that on weekends. While this is better than nothing, it isn’t much better.
What is wrong with people that they can abuse and neglect animals to the point that they starve to death? Mankind’s domestication of animals made for very lopsided deals; we get so much, yet the animal asks only for a warm and dry place to sleep, adequate food and water, and a kind person to take care of them.
If you have animals that you can’t take care of, please contact one of many organizations that can help. Don’t merely let them starve.
Editor’s note: Lulu’s owner was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 suspended.
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