Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) recently took in three badly burned dogs. The injuries were caused by heat, or some other sort of strong chemical.
Now, why is this newsworthy? Read the article, and watch the video, and tell me why it is not. Approximately 35% of Canadian households have a pet dog. Typically, at least in my household, our dogs are our children, so when my boyfriend and I see animal torture, we feel physically ill. Animal cruelty is a horrific injustice that creates a massive public outcry.
SCARS has, for years, been an advocate for rescuing abandoned animals, and finding new forever homes for them. The SCARS organization takes in abused, battered, forgotten, and uncared for animals. In recent years, puppy mills have come under attack, and have subsequently made the public aware of just how many animals there are in shelters that are deserving and in need of homes.
When SCARS found these badly burned dogs, they immediately posted about it on their Facebook page. I know this, because I follow their page. The very next day, all major Edmonton television news outlets had it as their top story. SCARS is a reputable, recognized, and respected organization that has constantly and consistently done good things for animals, and the media recognizes that the public wants to hear about these issues. Shock value draws viewers, and subsequently, leads people to adopt an animal rather than pay for one.
While at my boyfriend’s grandma’s house tonight, we spoke about this story. The story was originally aired almost one month ago, but we are still thinking about those poor puppies. I imagine many others are still thinking about these dogs, as well. An animal’s loyalty is like nothing else, and so people remember when severe cruelty is done to them.
My hope for future broadcasts on this issue are the following:
- that the perpetrators will be found and brought to justice, and,
- I would like to know how these dogs are healing, who adopts them, and how they adjust to their new homes.
My love for dogs is a little crazy, some may say. But I know I am not alone in this. My puppies are my best friends, and the thought of someone hurting them makes my stomach turn, and makes me so incredibly angry I see red. I can’t imagine harming an innocent being. The media has an invaluable role in bringing attention to these types of issues, and I have always said that the things we don’t want to hear about, the things that are most difficult to see, are the things that need to be heard and seen. That is how change takes place.