The last time I posted about this incident, in which someone sodomized three kittens with lit fireworks was January 3rd. The youngest kitten, who was only 4 months old, had to be euthanized right away. The other two kittens were 8 months old, a sister and brother named Blackie and Little Jim.
Blackie was being treated in a clinic in Valdosta, but Little Jim was so severely burned that he had to be sent to the University of Florida vet school. They were keeping him in a medically induced coma, and it was estimated that it could cost $20,000 or so for his treatment, if he survived. It was my opinion that they should let him go and not put him through the agony of treatment. He died two days after my post, which in my opinion is the merciful outcome. http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/37111479.html
The Humane Society has now offered a $2,500 reward in addition to the $500 the Brooks County Sheriff’s Department has already offered. Oh…but Brooks County said that the $500 was given to them by a donor. What do you want to bet someone complained about them spending $500 on a cat? It still amazes me that people don’t get the connection between animal abuse and crimes against people. And those are just the people who defend and excuse the killers.
As for the killers. whatever you call it officially, I call it a failure to identify. A failure to identify with the fact that this (cat, dog, horse, whale, person) has a brain, lungs, heart…it breathes and has heartbeats just like you, and it feels pain. I think people who would torture helpless animals already feel dead inside themselves. Once you get to that place, I don’t know if you can be helped to be different.