What a way to start the day! I was upgrading to my new computer this morning and, while going through old files, I found a "Letter to the Editor" that I submitted in 2006 to the Brownsville Herald (Texas). Despite being about 11 years old, I feel the letter holds an important message because, in reading it, it upset me all over again! I could never be an animal cop because I would have no compassion for the human hands that could turn to such cruelty. I have a less than zero tolerance for people who abuse animals, babies, the elderly, or any other living thing. However, as a forensic handwriting analyst and forensic mental health professional, I have added a bit of that science in this post as well.
I have pasted the 'Letter to the Editor' in its entirety as it was published in November 2006. Please share with everyone you know to continue being the voice of those who cannot speak. Keep in mind the Editor did edit it a bit but I no longer have my original submission.
***** BEGIN LETTER TO EDITOR *****
My 13-year-old son and I scheduled our first vacation in four years and decided to go to Brownsville, Harlingen, Weslaco and McAllen. Instead of an enjoyable time, the trip was so bad that we returned home three days early!
One day, during our drive to Brownsville, I stopped for gas and saw a box of puppies, approximately 1 week old, duct-taped in a box sitting by the dumpster. They were full of feces and urine yet seemed healthy overall. We brought them to my daughter's home (who we were visiting), took them to the vet, were bottle feeding them and they are now fine. However, the lack of compassion of who set them there initially is nauseating!
Two days later we were driving on the interstate between Harlingen and Mercedes and everyone was driving about 70 mph. Both lanes were back-to-back with traffic and someone threw what appeared to be a German Shepherd mix puppy out of the car in between the two lanes of traffic. The puppy tried running to the side of the road but a car hit its hind leg. There was a very slight break in traffic and she was lying in the middle of the right-hand lane, looking up as I was coming toward her.
I immediately stopped the vehicle to on the side of the road and yes - without hesitation - I jumped in front of traffic. Had I not done so, the puppy would have been hit repeatedly as the cars coming toward her were not about to stop or move over.... at least not until they saw me in front of them. Someone going by yelled, "You are crazy lady". That may be but I was not going to let her die like that!
I wrapped the dog in an old sheet that we had in the back seat. I could see a head wound, tire tracks on her tan body, cuts on her tail, hind leg, ears and she appeared to be bleeding from her vaginal area. She was conscious and looking at me, breathing normally under the circumstances, but I could tell she was in shock. My son popped the back of the SUV and I lifted her into the truck.
All the while I am doing this, I am thinking, "What happened to the human race? Even with all of my traumatic experienced, I was not this cold-hearted."
As I pulled my SUV back into the lane of traffic, I called the non-emergency police number in Weslaco and explained the situation. I asked if there was a vet, emergency pet clinic, Humane Society, anything; the officer said, "Ma’am, nobody here cares about that stuff" and hung up. I was furious!
Ever since I was a child, I have rescued and fought for animal rights, and have even turned people in when they have dumped or mistreated animals and now a police officer hangs up on me! I did not tie up the 911 lines so I think the officer could have been a bit more helpful - afterall, he is in a "caring" profession.
Then I called the McAllen Police Department who gave me a number for an emergency vet clinic. I called this emergency vet and the person stated, "We don’t want her.” After I told her that she’s obviously in the wrong line of work and asking her if she feels it was more humane to let her keep getting hit, I hung up on her, feeling even more angry and disgusted with all of this, yet anxious to move on to the next call.
I then pleaded with directory assistance operator who went overboard to find a Humane Society number, only to have a cleaning lady answer and say that nobody works there on Saturday or Sunday, and she did not know how to get a hold of anyone and to wait until Monday. I called yet another police department who was just as rude and uncaring so I asked, "If a child is attacked by a dog, who goes to pick up that dog?" She stated, "Ma’am unless you have that situation, we cannot help you," and hung up on me!
Fast forward about two hours while I am still calling everyone I can think of to help this poor little puppy... this entire time my son is reaching over the backseat whispering to the puppy who is still conscious and still appears to be breathing calmly despite being in shock. My own dog was with us and appeared very worried as well. Then my best friend Susan calls and says, "Mozelle, since we just moved to this farm north of Weslaco we are going to need a watchdog anyway, so bring the dog over here and let’s get her fixed up."
I drove to Susan's house... she had the bandages, Neosporin, food, and water ready. We "bandaged" her on all obvious external wounds and she drank some water. She laid with her head across me and my son's lap and we stayed awake giving her love all night.
When morning came, she took a tiny sip of water, raised her head, looked up at us as if to thank us for loving her... and took her last breath. She died in our arms and we were so upset.
We were also very angry at these people of the Rio Grande Valley being so cruel and uncaring!
Our hearts ached for her.
Literally sick with the lack of human compassion in this area of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas - these experiences during this so-called vacation - I felt ashamed that my son had to witness such cold cruelty so we immediately left and returned home.
I only hope that the love that this puppy felt from my son, myself, and Susan was enough to warm her soul as she passed. Passing with love was sure a lot better than being hit repeatedly on the expressway.
I hope just one person will start to care after reading this. We are all part of God’s Kingdom. Adults make some of their own drama, but animals are innocent and depend on human's for care and love. Instead of throwing a dog out in the middle of the expressway, why not give it to someone who would love her or put her in the night drop of the Humane Society?
Better yet, if you get a pet so that you can leave them thirsty, starving, in the sun on a short chain, abused, neglected, ignored, or to fight them against one another, do not get them at all.
After all, they are as innocent and loving as a child who you would not put through that.
The laws on animal abuse are not even close to being tough enough. I did learn one thing: next time I think of vacationing in your area again, I am going to remind myself that staying home, making popcorn, watching TV and snuggling with my six rescued pets is much better.
After all, it is safe, loving, and friendly at my house!
***** END LETTER TO EDITOR *****
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