Animal Abuse by Owners

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Robert Gonzales, from Bakersfield, seemed like an average, ordinary man. One night however, he was accused of splashing beach on a small dog, and wrapping the dog’s mouth with duct tape. His goal was to discipline the dog. Gonzales was caught and arrested for abusing the animal. Animal abuse is an occurring problem in the U.S. But can be prevented if we take action. Robert Gonzales is only one of many people to commit animal cruelty. Kevin Brunson was also accused of harming an animal. He starved his dog, Rambo, until he weighed only fifty-one pounds. A normal dog his size would weigh around one hundred and twenty-five pounds. Rambo was seventy-four pounds underweight. A dog named, Lacey had scabbing around the eyes and other injuries from being abused. “Lashawn Whitehead of Greensboro, admitted to police that she beat her dog for fifteen minutes, then set it on fire. The dog ran away, and she was found. Her injuries were burned ears, a broken jaw, and teeth. She was adopted into a new loving family.” (Cawthon 2) All animals are affected when it comes to animal abuse. Horses have been reported to be starved and in very poor living conditions. Owners don’t clean stalls, feed the animals, or take care of the horses grooming needs. The horses become depressed to due to the lack of care they receive. Sixteen horses were found at Gina Rapuano’s Farm, Apache, Willy, and Destiny are merely three of the horses greatly in need of care. Apache was starved so much you could see his ribs; he was infested with worms, and needed hoof and dental care. Willy had trouble walking, and horrible eye infections. Destiny had such bad dental care that he could not eat properly, and was starving. “The horses eyes were dull; they were not alert. They tried to ignore their surroundings.” (Beach 2) All horses were taken to immediate care and are being nursed back to health. A tearful apology was given by Rapuano. The judge’s decision was that Rapuano didn’t purposefully harm the animal. (Beach 1-2) Cats and dogs have been caught on fire and left to die. “Tree-Climber, the cat, is now recovering from being set on fire, and having her tail cut-off.” (Editorial: Abuse alert 1) Coco, a one year old puppy was set on fire. “The dogs injuries were horrific he had his fur singed, was blinded by the fire, and couldn’t lie down. One year later he had to be euthanized. They still don’t know who set the dog on fire. Shortly after Coco’s death a horse was shot in the head and killed. In May, the police removed ninety cats and dogs from a home in Boiling Springs. ”(Cawthon 2) The animals that survived are scared for life but some must be euthanized. Some owners don’t even realize how they are punishing their animals. Many owners over populate their house with animals it just gets out of control. “In the house of mother Faith Ross and daughter Francesca-Marie Maselli 12 emaciated dogs were found. There was animal waste two feet deep, and twenty-six dead animals were found. Fourteen dogs and two cats were rescued from this household. Six Chihuahuas, three dachshunds, a Yorkshire Terrier, English bulldog, a shih tzu, and a boxer. A collie mix was taken to an animal hospital for emergency care. ” (Dooley 1-2) “In the Zebulon home more than one hundred dogs and cats were found, many of them dead of barely alive. Only twelve dogs deemed healthy enough to be put up for adoption. Three cats were sent to the cat rescue operation. Forty-forty dogs and sixty-four cats were reported found. The Zebulon couple was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals.” (Whitfield 1) “You don’t have to intentionally abuse your animals to be charged with animal abuse. One pair of owners, whose names were not released, had sixty-five cats, two dogs, and five birds. Twenty-seven of the cats were spayed and neutered already, and all but two or three of them were happy to be petted which is great because it means they can be adopted.” (Smith 1) “Pets and animals are not here for our...
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