Thursday, September 09, 2004

What A Relief!

I'm so happy right now. I just got off the phone with my wife, and she said she found a home for the pit bull puppy we've been taking care of for the past two days. My wife is a soft touch, so any time another police officer finds a dog (this one was being attacked by several other dogs in a West Side alley), we end up getting stuck with it. She was a cute little thing with a wiggly, chocolate-colored body and a pink nose. She also peed every time I reached down to pet her... then she wagged her tail in it! Since she wasn't house trained, at night we kept her in a room in the basement with plastic flooring. She didn't like that. First she howled with displeasure, then she started gnawing the pine door frame. My wife is taking horseback riding lessons, so today she took the puppy along to the stable. She gave her to a woman working there whose sons wanted a dog. Our two older dogs are probably even happier than I am. That puppy had too much energy for them!

Speaking of puppies, this was in today's Chicago Tribune:
Dog Wiggles Paw Free to Shoot Florida Man

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A man who tried to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver's trigger.

Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was charged with felony animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. He was being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his wrist.

Bradford said he decided to shoot the 3-month-old shepherd-mix dogs in the head because he couldn't find them a home, according to the sheriff's office.

On Monday, Bradford was holding two puppies -- one in his arms and another in his left hand -- when the dog in his hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber revolver. The gun then discharged, the sheriff's report said.

Deputies found three of the puppies in a shallow grave outside Bradford's home, said sheriff's Sgt. Ted Roy. The other four appeared to be in good health and were taken by Escambia County Animal Control, which planned to make them available for adoption.
I guess I have mixed feelings here. First, to that "heroic" puppy, way to go! On the other hand, it's sad that he shot three other pups. Why didn't he take them to a shelter in the first place? The shelter might have euthanized them, but that would have been more humane than shooting them. And how the heck could anyone look a puppy in the eye and pull the trigger?

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