My cousins had this german shepherd named Cori. She died in February, they had her put to sleep. They really never treated her very well, I always wanted to report them somewhere, but back then I didn't know anything about the SPCA humane law division and I didn't think anything could be done. But I'm really feeling guilty about not doing SOMETHING now.
They kept Cori locked in their garage, all day and night. Not a big garage, a tiny one. Maybe about the size of your average bathroom. It didn't have a bed for her, just food and water. No heat or AC. When she did go outside she had to through the house to get there, they'd yell at her and hit her as she walked through.
Whenever she did anything wrong she got punched in the head. As she got older she had alot of problems and would cry all through the night, instead of comforting her they'd punch her, kick her, scream...
She never got to play or run, she never got any love. Whenever I was there I'd pet her and snuggle with her for a while.
Their nephew, who is about 20yrs old, would poke her with this fire poker. It was a long piece of medal with things on the end you could use to grab something. He'd pinch her skin with it. I told my cousins about it and they never did anything about it.
I wanted so bad to call someone to get her out of there, but I was so afraid of getting in trouble, especially since it was family. I just feel so bad for Cori... I guess I can only hope she's happy and is running and playing at the rainbow bridge now.
I just had to get that off my chest, I've been feeling bad for a while.
I dont really know how to respond to that.... That is complete torture to a dog, I would have called the authorities. There is NO excuse for poking a dog with a fire stick, punching it when he needs to go out, that's just inhumane and unforgivable on their part. What kind of people would do that to a poor animal, that is a truly sick story. Im sorry, but I dont know how you didnt do anything about it.
I know you feel guilty but jeez, that poor dog is better off put to sleep then living the way it did and being treated like that. Animals cannot speak for themselves and they cannot help themselves, they need people who see them in need of aid to stand up for them.
OH My God you broke my heart about Cory. I'm not tearing up but litterally(sp) crying. I hope they never get another dog again. I just want to go home right now and hug my dogs. I feel so guilty when I yell at my dogs, they're just animals and they can't fend (sp) for themselves. Were their lives.
Riley, They should be the ones feeling guilty not you, but I do understand where your coming from. Cory would've been better off going to a shealter. All my family treat animals better than people. I'm so grateful for that.
well i'am glad you got it off your chest! and as far as felling guilty '' YOU SHOULD'' there's no way i could have stood around and watch this poor dog go through something like that! you could have called someone and told them about the poor little thing,and as far as cousin who give's a poop. and the reason i'am mad b/c my dad did something worse, he was letting the collar of his pit bull grow in side of his neck from a fight he had with another dog . when i saw it i told my dad if i come over here tomorrow and see this dog suffer like that i'am going to turn you in daddy or not. the next day my father had him at the vet b/c he knew i wasn't playing. i dont' usually get this upset but you just made my day ugly.you came on here for somebody to feel sorry for you.well little lady you get no sympthy from me.(the dog yes).or did you just wanted to start something .well you did. and i don't care what noone say you was dead wrong for that.'' HOW COULD YOU''let that that go on. i'am glad it was'nt their kids and you saw this happen and did'nt want to say something about it b/c oh ..they was your cousin .let me get off this forum your'e just as sick!!!!!! before my dad pass he had his leg remove. it was sad but i remind him of his dog. my reply is not to make you feel bad.when this happen again please call for help dogs can't talk.
I hope you feel better now, and the dog is in a far better place. Don't listen to what the others said about feeling guilty. You were and are young and back then you didn't know who to call or what to do. Don't beat yourself up.
I was thinking that, Harlee, that Riley is one of our younger members and was probably early teens when she was first aware of this. Sometimes we don't always know the best thing to do in a situation. It appears as if she knows exactly what to do now. I feel sorry for Cori, as she does, but at this point she has acknowledged that she didn't do the right thing back then, felt the guilt, accepted any responsibility that she may have had in the matter. I think that rather than feel guilty, moving on and doing things differently in the future (which I know she will) is best.
i caught everyone's hint, and i would like to thank you for letting me give my o/p.I would like to say one thing if i may. iwas in my teens too, when my dad did this to his dog. and I stop it. I just feel so sorry for the dog , and i will stick to what i said . no dogs should be abuse not mine's, nor your's. and if you see this type abuse please call for help. my feelings.... my o/p thank you!
I had a similar situation, but not as bad. My cousins had 2 dogs that they couldn't take care of. They didn't beat them or treat them badly, they just neglected them most of the time. They were planning to take one to the shelter and keep the other one that was more managable, so I went over and picked up the dog they wanted to get rid of. I tried rehoming him for awhile. Than one day one of my cousins friends were interested, so they gave their dog to him. I told my mom that they should probably give their other dog away too because they weren't being treated fairly and guess what they are both together now. I wouldn't feel guilty if I were you, just learn from your mistakes.
***Edited By: finalsphere on 10/19/2005 2:20:18 PM*** Reason: =)
I grew up with them basically and was always 'taught' it was okay to treat the animals that way. They always told me they did it because she was bad and whatever. I never thought anything more of it until I got Riley. I did tons of research on how to train dogs and I started watching Animal Planet alot (Animal Cops/Precinct) and I started to realize what they did to her was wrong. I am underage so I didn't really know if I did report it, if they'd take it seriously or not, and my parents wouldn't report it, because that's my dads niece. If it were still going on now I'd definatly call the SPCA or someone, I wish I could have back then.
Sweety, don't beat yourself up over this and don't blame yourself either. I know I can undererstand and I think many others can, too. You were kind of between a rock and hard place. First of all, you were young. Second, it was family, so you you really couldn't talk to them about it, so you dind't know which way to turn. Stop blaming yourself, and know that you know the right way and what to do now.
Riley, that was an awful life for Cori to lead. But please do not let their wrongdoings become your own guilt. If someone does not have the tools (whether it be education or ability), they should not be held accountable for the wrong that is done. If someone is raised with a certain behavior and is surrounded by a certain behavior, then that is what they know. When they question that behavior and does not agree with it, the next step is to do something about it. But if they do not have the knowledge that there are services that exist to help, then how will they go about to doing something about it? They are without tools. When that person expands his/her knowledge and reaches out to education themselves for future use, then that is integrity. Cori is now in a better place, Riley, and you now know what you must do if something like that happens again because you now have the tools you need. I hope this makes you feel better, sweetie. Cori is happy now.
I literally got a knot/feeling like I have to throw up, but can't as I read on in that story.
I'm not going to crucify you Riley. I just want to give you another point of view on this nation wide problem we seem to be having with the way animals are treated.
You said you grew up with them and you thought this was the way to treat dogs, and it was ok. Well, what if it was the same story with them? You saw the light, some of them are far too gone to think that they do anything wrong even after they know about animal cruelty. They just refuse to accept that they are that cruel themselves.
It is an awful cycle.
One disturbing example is the video link to the horror of dog fights that Ivy provided. They spoke to a little boy 8 years old at the most, asked him why he thinks they fight the pitbulls he said "I guess just to see one" asked him how it made him feel "It didn't bother me". When asked if he felt sorry for the dogs....he shrugged. It was chilling. This kid, even being so young had zero emotion about animals ripping each other apart because he grew up thinking that it was the norm.
At least you smartened up and got educated. It also proves that you have a conscience which is also a good thing.
There is a time when we grow up and the rose colored glasses are ripped away from us and we realize that our families aren't exactly the image we idolized as a child.
I can't even tell you how many dogs I had growing up as a child....everytime they "ran away" or got given away I hated my mother for it, and made myself sick crying. Sometimes the excuse was, "You weren't taking care of your dog like you promised. I understand that kids are supposed to be responsible for animals and help out...but damn. How is a 7 year old supposed to solely own a dog and be responsible for it? Come on now.... I pooper scooped, I fed the dog, made sure it had water and played with it. I guess I should have drove it to the vet, took it and paid for training. I dunno.
We once had a Great Dane puppy named Sabba, she got the boot because she was "too big for our house". How the hell big do full grown adult people think a Great Dane will get at full maturity??
My very favorite dog was Sadie. (that is who I named my dog Sadie after) I cry to think about that dog sometimes...she was a terrier mix mutt, the best dog you could ever ask for. Never had an accident in the house, never an aggresive bone in her body, loved kids. She "ran away" and that broke my heart the worst.
When I got older and talked to my dad about all of it, I found out she would do this stuff while he wasn't home. Everytime she wanted to get us another dog he would get angry with her and try to advise her not to, because the way he was raised...dogs are family. (I honestly believe I inherited alot of his genes and morals)
When I got my toy poodle Owen, my mother wanted to get a dog just because she was in love with the idea of mine and how cute Owen was (she wanted to get a dachshund to be exact) I told her point blank: "no, mom" when she asked why I reminded her of her history of dogs. Of course she blamed me for alot of it, some of it she didn't believe that I remembered. I told her she could come over my house and have a pet that people like her need: One that you play with, don't pick up after, and are not responsible for at all....thereby being someone elses pet.
I also ripped her a new one when she said she wanted a dachshund, but wanted to have it's "barker" removed.
If I find out that my mother 6 to 8 hours away from me, gets another dog... I will find out how the dog is treated and if she has changed at all. I will report her if I have to.
So Riley, I think that is why people like you and I are so passionate about animals. When we were children we were pretty much helpless and exposed to alot of crap. Now that we are grown, we would do anything for them because we understand that we were just as helpless as they were.
ADMIN, I like this site alot, but I do have a pet peeve. If the glitches on this site could get fixed and stay fixed.....even if these errors were only once in a while, but it seems to be all the time. It can be extremely slow, posts not showing up...sometimes I can't even get on the site because says "Error". It is very frustrating when people have important things to say and you look at the number of posts then look at the thread and there are like 2 or three missing. Or when you try to reply and it takes longer to post than it took god to create the earth, and it is STILL not there.