"Now Logan is not just my dog he is every one's dog!" ~ Matt Falk
On the night of March 12, 2012, My Siberian husky Logan was attacked in his own backyard, in his own kennel. The person that did this used acid as their weapon. I immediately rushed Logan to the emergency room of our veterinarian's office. There he was immediately taken care of, but the damage had already been done. The acid burned slowly, first with just a small area on his muzzle. It quickly spread until it had burned most of the right side of his face & around his eye. Logan seemed to be recovering very nicely with constant care & medication. But sadly due to his age & the toxic nature of his injury Logan's liver & kidneys began to fail. On July 9, 2012 Logan curled up at my feet & passed away quietly in his sleep as I worked here on the LOGAN'S LAW page..... He was laid to rest under an apple tree in our yard to cross the rainbow bridge to join his brothers & sisters that had gone before him.
You see it
The range of animal abuse that we see highlighted in the media and that which we see on our own city block ranges from abandonment and starvation to extremes in animal hording and bloody dog fights. The root of this evil is wrapped in experiences from our youth were we were given examples in action by our elders about standards of care for our pets. If Fido or Fluffy lived inside with the family or were they to be ruffed up by the outdoors; whether or not we should feed a homeless pet on the street or shoo them and wish them gone; if we should use shock and coercion or kindness and reward to successfully teach our pets the rules of the house. Compassion is learned by children who see compassion demonstrated.
You report it
We see the abuse that is reported to us, but it must be true that hundreds of cases of cruelty stream under our radar. It is no longer o.k. to just roll your eyes and think “that guy” (or woman, or child, or neighbor, etc.) is just a big jerk for innumerable types of mistreatment to a pet that you saw he/she/them do that one day. By not saying a word and not reporting you are confirming the chaos. You are indirectly contributing to how that person lives, grows and learns today. If that person is not called out for their neglect and bears the consequences personally, they will glow with power each time they escape notice or repercussion.
Will a Michigan Animal Abuse Registry be the solution to catching these sickos before another pet suffers at their hands? Will the punishment or fines be enough to change their revolting nature? I don’t know. It is an important step though to put a face and a name on every single instance of cruelty you observe. Challenge what you see. Offer assistance. Encourage and expect change.
Tell your State Representative that you support HB4534 & HB4535
House Bill 4534 is sponsored by Muxlow, a Republican from the 83rd District. House Bill 4535 is sponsored by Rep. Harvey Santana, a Democrat from the 9th District. Together the bills establish a statewide registry to protect animals from abuse and neglect. A person convicted of a crime against an animal would have to register for a five-year period. All citizens would have access to the registry and could make sure that no pet they are selling or offering for adoption would go to a convicted animal abuser. Animal shelters would be mandated to use the registry before letting any of their animals be adopted. The registry would be paid for by the penalty fees for convicted animal abusers.
Watch this beautiful tribute video to Logan, the dog whose tragedy inspired this much needed legislation: http://youtu.be/4GC9ydNzWLY