Today, the Good Samaritan who found an eight-month-old, soaking wet puppy on the side of the road in Denver, Colorado, her mouth and paws taped shut, hopes karma comes back around and bites them. Fox8 is reporting that Carl Allen and a friend were driving down the street on Saturday, when they spotted the dog. Kassi Leiding, from nearby Longmont, also ran to assist.
Allen told KDVR, “It was terrified, very terrified. Its tail was tucked and it started urinating on itself.” Once the dog realized they were there to render aid, it started calming down. They notified authorities, who took her to the Denver Animal Shelter. She does not have a microchip, which itself is not surprising. According to authorities, the perpetrators could face animal cruelty and abandonment charges, charges that come with a fine of up to $999 and a year in jail. People who abuse animals in this fashion usually don’t bother microchipping the animal. To them, it is a disposable object.
Anyone with information should contact the Denver Animal Shelter at 720-913-1311. Animal Control officers report that the dog is doing well, appears otherwise healthy, but may have to stay at the shelter for just a few more days for observation. Right now, Animal Protection Officer Sgt. Stephen Romero wants to get the dog released as soon as possible, and find the perpetrator. He said,
“It’s disgusting that people would do that to their dog, or to any dog. They should have to answer for those actions that they do.”
This case is similar to that of Caitlyn, the 15-month-old Staffordshire terrier mix in South Carolina, recently found with her muzzle taped shut. She is making a miraculous recovery following surgery. When found, her tongue was a solid black color, and her lip and mouth were extremely swollen. Her owner, William Dodson, was located and is facing a number of charges including cruelty to animals, plus additional gun and drug charges. His next appearance in court is set for October 9.
Last year, a Gwinnett, Georgia, man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Antonio Furlow taped the mouth of his roommate’s dog shut with electrical tape. When that dog was found, his mouth was extremely swollen and he was unable to open it.
Reports indicate that people who perpetrate copycat crimes like these often have a serious psychological disorder and/or criminal background. Craving attention, they are interested in imitating things that are sensationalized. Luckily for authorities, these same people also post photographs of their behavior on social media pages, which assist authorities in making arrests. Although the attention the crimes initially receive give the perpetrators some sort of ego boost, which is the “reward” they seek, to the general public, the better payoff is when these criminals are arrested, convicted, and jailed, as in the cases mentioned above. Hopefully, judges, and the court system in general, will begin sentencing offenders with longer prison time, and higher penalties, seeing animals less as property and more as living beings.