Saturday, February 18, 2012

Waterford Labrador Marley has leg amputated, cruelty investigation ongoing

You may have seen the story in the news earlier this week about a 10-month-old Labrador puppy named Marley who had to have his leg amputated.
This sad story out of Waterford Township appears as though it will have a happy ending.
Police first saw an injury on the dog's leg while at a home for another reason on Jan. 26. In the police report, the injury was described as missing flesh on a lower leg, "leaving nothing but exposed bone."
The dog's owners were ordered to seek treatment for Marley.
They did not, and when police returned on Feb. 10 for yet another reason, Oakland County Animal Control was called in and emergency surgery was done.
Just days after his surgery, Oakland Press videographer Doug Bauman visited Marley.

It's clear from the video that this is one lovable dog, and I don't predict there being any challenges in finding him a loving forever home.
A cruelty investigation is ongoing. While I do have faith in animal control, I also tend to think our punishments for such crimes are not tough enough.
What this dog had to have gone through amounts to torture. Anyone who can reason away their responsibility to do something about such an awful injury just baffles me.
We shared this story on our Oakland Press Facebook page and heard a lot of people suggest what the punishment should be.
Not surprisingly, several took the eye-for-an-eye approach.
Our justice system obviously doesn't work this way, but I would like for Carrie Reilly's suggestion to be made a reality.
Reilly wrote: "It seems like they should never be able to have another animal since they have no idea how to care for one."
Eve Pickman had an interesting suggestion too. She recommended that "A national animal abuser registry, just like the sex offender one," be started.
What do you think about that?

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