I agree...sometimes it is just better for the dogs to go ahead and put them down and if you have to do that by shooting them in the head so they quickly die then so be it. What are you thinking could have been done to make it more humane?
Um, well how about proper euthanasia. It wasn't said that the dogs were suffering. Alot of animals do not die right away with a shot to the head, and I am assuming that they were not standing right next to them aiming properly. If these animals were anywhere else and not in the midst of a hurrican disaster, you would all be appalled. It should be no different just because of where they were. If the dogs WERE suffering, they should have been taken and put to sleep properly and humanely.
It actually is not because it is in the midst of the hurricane that I am not appaled. Sometimes there are certain instances that you can not get the dog somewhere to be properly put to sleep. I live in Louisiana and I can tell you that this is happening to many animals right now because there is no where they can take the aniamls to be put to sleep. I live in the country where people put animals down all the time by shooting them, it is too far to take an animal to the vet and rather than see it suffer for the hour plus it takes to get to the vet you have to do what you have to do. I am not saying it is right and I could never do it however all I am saying is you can not judge someone when you do not know the whole story.
Also if you use the proper gun and know what you are doing one single bullet will put the animal down.
***Edited By: hearay1010 on 9/30/2005 4:41:43 PM*** Reason: add
Without hearing the whole story, you know, I still disagree. I lived in the country too my whole childhood. My stepdad used to kill animals. It pissed me off then and it pisses me off now. In extreme cases, I may be able to understand but for the most part, I believe that people just do not want to pay for it to be done properly. If the dogs were held there to be rescued later, there was enough time to get a vet out there and take care of it properly.
My dog Chuka was hit by a car when she was nine months old. She was suffering and in a tremendous amount of pain. The first thing that crossed my mind was NOT shooting her but we went ahead and started the 50 minute trip to my vet. She unfortunately didn't make it but the last thing in the world I would have done was shoot my dog. I do not believe in hunting and I think that if this story is true, I still think it is wrong and they could have done something a little more humane. Tell me, what do you think the other dogs were thinking when they were shooting the others?? That is the first thing that crossed my mind when I read this. Those poor dogs had to watch their buddies get murdered and know they were next. This is just MY OPINION, you need not agree with it, I am just saying how I feel.
I understand where you are coming from. Like I said I do not totally agree with it however I do not like to judge others actions when it comes to something like this. We do not know the whole story and until then I can not make up my mind on what could have been done. All I am saying is sometimes it is just better to put an end to the animals life with a quick shot to the head, as heartless as that may sound. A few weeks ago my cousin went out to butcher two of our geese and he shot them right in front of the other 16. When I heard about this I was needless to say very upset and pissed off. I could not imagine what the others were thinking when they saw their two buddys being shot. Most of our animals we keep and if my boyfriend wants to butcher them I do not go along with it, I put up a pretty good fight and have saved many of our animals from being put down (I don't eat meat anyway so to me it is pointless). I do know though right now in New Orleans and other areas affected by the hurricane there are not places open to get the dogs to in time. It is a very sad situation, what I said I did not want to cause a fight over. Everyone is going to have their own opinions on the matter and everyone is just going to have to agree to disagree on this one I believe.
***Edited By: hearay1010 on 9/30/2005 5:26:23 PM*** Reason: da
Kats...although i do understand your point...i have seen some horrable deaths in my day...one...my dog Bo was hit by a car...and my Mother told me when I got home from school but I could not find him...i searched for hours and finally found him. He had probable broken ribs and a few days later a girl picked him up and when he yelped she droped him...he began to gasped and sufficate...obviously the lung got punctured...I was maybe 10 and my brother was 13. We were helpless to do anything...we were home alone..no neighbors to speak of...none at home...and it was a horrable nightmare to watch...and it seemed to take for ever...Years later my brother and I had talked about it..and he admitted he thought of beating the dog with a shovel to put it out of its misery...but...we each did nothing...How I prayed something could be done...or to end the misery...so...as much as I love animals..I have seen suffering...a bullet would be kinder and more humane...althought I personally dont know the particulars of this case...i would hope it was done as a last resort to end suffering
I'm neither going to agree or disagree as I too do not know the whole story. However since you guys are talking about it I would like to ask if anyone knows if pts hurts? I just think that even though it is reported to be humane, none of us have ever experienced it so can't possibly know. When I was growing up and an dog or cat had to be put down, one of our relatives would shoot it. Careful consideration would be given to who did it, based on their known skills at shooting, there respect and appreciation for the animal involved and the relationship they had with the pet owner. Although I never attended one of them, I always believed it was done as humanely as possible.
Of course I'm very old and back in the day people just did not go to the vet.
I have never had to put my pet to sleep, I pray I never do.
It is hard to tell whether the actions of those who shot the dogs were justified until I hear the whole story. Things to consider when making the judgement are, how bad were the dogs suffering, and how readily available was an alternative means of euthanasia.
While the thought of any dog being shot makes me sad, it is important to consider the specifics of the situation and what alternatives - if any - the law enforcement officers had.
In my e-mail this morning....."Sadistic torture and shooting (in the belly) of the people's pets who were left in a room in the Beauregard Middle School in St. Bernard Parish? The dogs were all pets belonging to people who had to evacuate. They were allowed to leave their pets at the School. They left plenty of food and water. They wrote their names, addresses and other contact info, on the walls in the room, along with the name and description of their pet in that room. Ten of the dogs were beaten and deliberately shot in the stomach to die a slow, painful death. Four more were beaten and shot to death nearby in an elementary school. It aired on Anderson Cooper last night and Aaron Brown. It aired on CNN again tonight.
The 40 or 50 shell casings were marked "tactical". Those shells are used by police and the sheriff's dept..They cannot be bought by the general public. This is the same parish that deputy sheriff Mike Minton was videoed shooting dogs by a Dallas Morning News reporter. Dept. Minton was in a boat and would call out to dogs to come to him. When they would swim towards him, he shot them. One was a yellow lab, another was a Basset and some small mixes. He wounded one and left it to die a slow death in the debris. This happened about a month ago. When national news aired the story and people emailed the governor, mayor of n.o. and legislators, Minton was placed under some sort of disciplinary action.
Pasado Safe Haven in WA. state is offering a reward of $10,000. I suggest that DDAL and other national rescue groups and all caring citizens contribute to the reward. When the sum is large enough, someone will turn in the perpetrators."