Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I Just Don't Understand Animal Cruelty

A man who placed a dog in a washing machine and turned it on was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison. Chad Edward Ellis, 32, of Euless, had pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty and faced a maximum sentence of two years in prison. The dog was scalded by the hot water before managing to escape after the incident about a year ago, but she was caught and locked in a closet for several days. Eventually, a friend of Ellis' found the year-old female black Labrador retriever mix and took her to a Grapevine animal shelter, where she was euthanized after antibiotics failed to stop the swelling from the burns.

You have to figure someone who did this kind of thing is really messed up inside. Yes, people should pay for the crimes they commit, but such a case should also require mandatory counseling, don't you think? I am guessing, and I really have no facts to back this up, that if you looked into the life story of this person, you'd find drugs and/ or childhood abuse. Let's hope this person enrolls in some serious counseling, and spiritual help from clergy, while incarcerated. We aren't going to stop this kind of thing without addressing how people like this are motivated.

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