Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Death


I have been asked by a friend from over thirty years ago to help him finish a novel on a death that I investigated way back then. Amazing how that process stirs up old thoughts and some very real memories. The case was a four year old girl who was eaten alive by two dogs in a local neighborhood. We charged a woman who was supposed to be watching the dogs with Criminally Negligent Homicide. She was convicted but a retrial was ordered and she was acquitted at the second trial. My friend asked me some very specific questions about the "why" of the case. Why were the dogs loose? Why was no one watching the dogs? Why was the woman acquitted? After all these years those questions remain unanswered for the most part. I think that this only highlights that owning any animal is a responsibility that must be taken seriously. Owning an animal is a 24/7 job and you can't just open the door and let dogs roam. As a result of this case, laws have been passed limiting owners from letting dogs run loose. More deaths have occurred since this one and more will occur in the future. By the way. I do love dogs but if you love dogs you must take care of them. Letting them run is not taking care of a dog. Running with them is taking care of a dog.

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