The speed in which they are gone is frightening...
One moment, bright-eyed and warm, and then, blank, lifeless and cold.
Dogs who have done nothing wrong are snuffed out in an instant - gone forever.
Dogs who came in to the animal control facility as a stray, or worse, who were left to die by their owners - gone.
Dogs like the four-month-old Chihuahua mix who was killed at the Baldwin Park, Calif., animal control on Monday.
Or the four-month-old pit bull mix who was killed on the same day.
Gone forever, a three-year-old dog named "Stewart," who was left at the facility by his owner on October 7, and killed seven, short days later.
Recently, science proved what all loving guardians have known for years - that dogs have feelings.
In fact, according to the results from an MRI scan of a dog's brain, those feelings are like those of humans.
A glance at the eyes of the dogs in the slideshow included with this editorial reveals a sad knowledge of betrayal and sadness; the expressive eyes clearly show that these dogs know that they have been cast aside.
Perhaps someday, with the new found 'science' which reveals that dogs have feelings, there can be a change in the tide from where we are today - a change from looking at these beautiful, soulful creatures as just "things."
Someday, in a perfect world, the word "gone," will no longer be posted with a photo of a sad dog who knows that he has been betrayed.
Rest in peace.
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