In order for animals to be safe from cruelty, neglect or dangerous situations, police officers need to know how to respond in order to do the what is right. Animal cruelty is not something that is to be taken lightly.
Aug 16, 2013- A South Carolina television station posted on their Facebook Page the picture of a dog in a pet carrier travelling outside of the van. The dog was being hauled inside of the crate on a small flat bed. According to the statement made on the picture, a person took the picture from the car and started sharing the image on Facebook. Concerned compassionate people started calling the police for help. It was obvious to people that the dog was in danger and needed help. The Highway Police was able to stop the moving vehicle and see for the dog. According to the Television Station, the officers decided that there was no need for alarm since the dog walked out of the pet carrier and drank water.
According to South Carolina Law Title 47 Cruelty to Animals Section 47-1-10 (1) “Animal” means a living vertebrate creature except a homo sapiens. Therefore, the police should consider the dog being hulled as a sentient being exposed to danger traveling outside the car. The dog was in eminent danger; the visibility of the small flat bed could have gone unnoticed by taller vehicles and therefore expose the dog to being in danger.
As a sentient being, the dog can show signs of distress. There was no one looking over the dog to see if the dog displayed any anxiety due to unknown noises or the sensation of movement. This should be considered as torment.
On 2007, the magazine TIME covered the story of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, travelling with his dog inside of a crate on top of his car. He was bound to serious criticism that still lingers on comments. No matter the time passed.
The following paragraph is part of the article written by Anna Marie Cox for TIME Magazine, a statement given by law enforcement of the state of Massachusetts’s and Stacey Wolf, attorney and legislative director for the ASPCA:
Massachusetts's animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal "in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon." An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a description of the situation saying. Officer, Nadia Branca, declined to give a definitive opinion on whether Romney broke the law but did note that it's against state law to have a dog in an open bed of a pick-up truck, and "if the dog was being carried in a way that endangers it, that would be illegal." And while it appears that the statute of limitations has probably passed, Stacey Wolf, attorney and legislative director for the ASPCA, said "even if it turns out to not be against the law at the time, in the district, we'd hope that people would use common sense...Any manner of transporting a dog that places the animal in serious danger is something that we'd think is inappropriate...I can't speak to the accuracy of the case, but it raises concerns about the judgment used in this particular situation."
The South Carolina Highway Patrol should have considered the eminent danger the dog was in and considered him as a sentient being in need of help. Common sense should be a quality in all officers that are supposed to enforce the law.
The following petition asks the South Carolina Highway Patrol to reconsider having training when it comes to the welfare of animals and suspend the officer in question for lack of judgment and endangering an animal.
A dog cannot speak for himself. They are in need of people that see for him and demand for the law to be enforced. If thousands of concerned citizens that shared and commented on the picture thought that the dog was in danger…why can't a police officer consider the opinion of all the people that were concerned for the animal?
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