A doe named Ella who had received national attention for living in a cemetery and befriending a dog was found shot dead earlier this month.
Security staff at the cemetery found her shot through the right shoulder and laying just a few feet from the chapel. She survived an attack earlier this year and ended up making friends with a stray dog. The pair of unlikely friends had been seen on more than one occasion "hanging out at the cemetery.
KCTV out of Kansas City, MO. reports that cemetery officials "are heartbroken at the cruel and senseless crime." The doe named Ella had made the cemetery her home and had lived there for two years.
Bruce Mathews a cemetery board trustees member said: "You can't try to make sense out of it. Someone with a hard heart and a confused mind (killed Ella). I'm being kind when I say that. She meant something different to everybody who came down here. The rational mind can't make sense of anything like this. Who would do it?"
Ella was quite the tourist attraction at the cemetery and became famous after receiving national attention. It's said she was born on Memorial Day 2011. She became an orphan after her mother was struck down by a vehicle.
Officials say Ella stayed around the cemetery and didn't leave very often. The KCTV report says that Ella would "follow mourners or those tending graves or attending weddings at the chapel. They say she loved the chapel area."
The report also says that whenever there was a wedding at the Armour Chapel, Ella would usually come and visit. She was said to have stood in the doorway and would watch the proceedings.
Mathews, is the one "who had championed Ella's cause and took numerous pictures of her." According to Mathews when asked why Ella wasn't taken to a wildlife preserve he said the department of conservation had told them not to try and catch Ella.
Those who cherished Ella have made a Facebook group (click here) for her in an effort to raise funds for a memorial to her.
Last year the SPCA of Tampa Bay reported that: "Animal Cruelty Acts May Be at Record High." Of course that is just one local area, but it seems like animal cruelty is on the rise all across the globe.
If a person does a search on the web for stories about unexplained acts of brutality and cruelty against animals there are many. Some examples are: Giggles the baby deer that was killed earlier in Aug. by DNR agents near the Wisconsin-Illinois border.
Animal cruelty isn't just limited to the United Sates it's a world-wide problem. The next two stories are from different countries.
In the Bahamas there was a senseless killing of farm animals at St. George High School. The report says: "Seven goats and 12 chickens were discovered slaughtered at the rear of the school compound. A veterinarian was called to examine the dead animals. It was determined that they died at the hands of humans."
In Dubai, youth stoned a pregnant female iguana to death then disemboweled her and hung her remains in a tree. You can read the story by clicking here.
The above-mentioned stories are just a few of the many senseless acts of violence against God's creation. Mankind was put on this earth to have dominion over it, but to rule it with wisdom.
Proverbs 12:10 says, "A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel."
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