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|It shouldn't happen to a dog|
The Bible tells us "What you did for the least of these, my brethren, you did for me."
While I don't equate mistreatment of dogs with mistreatment of people, the pictures that were brought to my office Monday of furry inmates at Winnsboro's animal shelter were shocking to say the least.
The story can be found on the front page of this newspaper and it isn't pretty.
The things that are happening to dogs that are being kept in pens at the shelter just off Robinson Road ...well...shouldn't even happen to a dog.
There was no water for the thirsty canines and no food. Well, almost no food. The dogs in one of the two pens had been feeding on the carcass of another.
For those who can stomach pictures more heart-rending than the one of the sad-eyed pooch staring pitifully through the fence of its prison on the front page, I refer to pictures we posted on our Web site, franklinsun.com.
Be warned, however. You don't want to click there anytime shortly after you have eaten. In fact, unless you are in the medical field or a slasher movie fan, you might not want to go there at all.
I hope that someone who is missing a dog, doesn't visit the Website and recognize what's left of one unfortunate mongrel as a lost friend.
What is almost as disturbing as what happened to these dogs is the reaction I got from city officials when I had the audacity to do my job and let them know there was a little problem at the animal shelter.
I was told that I was looking at the picture incorrectly. What I was looking at wasn't really a dog that other dogs had eaten in half, I learned.
According to those who are responsible in making sure dogs are properly cared for after they are picked up in Winnsboro, we are dealing with much more than what it might appear.
There is a dog-hating sociopath who tip-toed into the pen when no one was looking and cut a dog in half. What happened to the other half of the dog, I shutter to speculate.
This sick person also reveled in eating the other dogs food and drinking all their water and making a general mess of the pen. I won't elaborate on what kind of mess — you will just have to see the pictures.
What a sad, sick person. Maybe he was bitten by a rabid poodle as a child. Things like that can scar people, you know.
To be fair, maybe this troubled person is no sadist at all, just a little lazy. He might have wanted a pet, but didn't want the trouble of having to house break a dog. After all, only the front half was taken. Maybe he is simply an out of work magician who needs to brush up on the sawing a lady in half bit and couldn't find anyone willing to volunteer.
Or there could be a more plausible explanation.
It could be that a city official hoped I was naive enough to buy a ridiculous story about a deviant dog divider to put me off track from what has really been going on at the shelter.
I will let you decide.
Either there is gross negligence at the city animal shelter or a very, very twisted person is walking among us. In any case, give your pooch an extra hug tonight and don't let him wander Winnsboro streets alone.