Dog Are Special Creatures!I live in a rural area outside of a fairly large city.
Our little village is home to mostly elderly men and woman, and their family's.
During the spring time we often get hit with a large number of abandoned pets.
Dog's mostly. All sorts of dogs. Old dogs, small dogs. I usually can see roving groups of Rotwieller's and pit bulls. I guess people get them for Christmas Gifts then realize they are huge dogs that need special care. So the family goes for a ride in the country, drive into our small village and leave the dog behind in the park, or on someones farm.
In an effort to control the growing populations of these homeless, abandoned dogs, the county hired an extra animal control officer. He was a big guy, overweight and pretty obnoxious. He felt he was a county sheriff's deputy. He got to carry a gun, and thought he was pretty bad ***.
He was rounding up some strays at the park one Saturday morning. I was walking my dog Rufus.
This man, I will call him Bob, was dragging a small pit bull pup with his lasoo into his truck.
I was pissed. This was no way to treat such an amazing creature.
Soon I noticed several dogs to my right, and two more behind the truck. Big dogs! Unhappy dogs!
Now bands of dogs can be very dangerous and quite aggressive, these dogs were growling, but not advancing. In fact they seemed to be hiding. I counted three large rotwiellers, two full sized pit bulls, a border collie, and some little runt of a dog, maybe a corgy. Bob tossed the pup into a cage on the truck, removed his rope and then slammed the door. The corgy was distraught. She barked and barked, and even ran to the back of the truck to check on her friend.
Brilliant Bob, never accused of being smart, panicked, pulled his gun and downed the 5 pound dog on the spot. I was horrified. the other dogs scattered. I could not believe what I had just seen! I immediately dialed 911.
The sherriff himself responded. This was serious. No county Deputy had fired his weapon in over 25 years.
Good old Bob declared self defense. At least four people witnessed the shooting.
All charges were dismissed, but so was Bob. Thank goodness.
Our new animal control officer is Amy. She refuses to carry a weapon, and I have seen her talk a 150 pound Rotwieler into her truck.
Amy and I have become good friends. Hopefully people will wise up and treat their pets with dignity. Please don't abandon your dogs! It is a dangerous world out there, and these are house pets, not wild animals. How would you like to be left in a strange place to fend for yourself, no food, no water, no money. It's not fair!