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Starving a Defenseless Dog Should Require Owner to Suffer 5 Times Over the Same Cruel Lethal Treatment

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The above photo is not about the subject of this article; here is a photo of Lou before he died; I would have used this as a headline here, but it is not yet available through Commons Search:

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/04/27/animal-friends-humane-society-announces-starved-dog-dies/3598609002/

(Please don't read this story if you have too soft a heart or are not thick-skinned enough to handle extreme animal cruelty, or if you don't believe that defenseless animals deserve as much justice as humans do.

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I pray that the judge in this case absolutely nails this miscreant with the absolute maximum sentence, and then that he suffers five times what this dog in Ohio suffered before dying a horrible and ENTIRELY AVOIDABLE death. If you witness animal cruelty, speak up to authorities immediately; don't wait till it is too late, as it was in this case; if you want to communicate the prosecutor in this case, his phone numbers and address are at the end of this article.)

If you wish to add some heat to those prosecuting this miscreant, please contact the Butler County Prosecutor, Michael Gmoser at Main Number: 513-887-3474 or 513-785-5206; Butler County Prosecuting Attorney P.O. Box 515, Hamilton, OH 45012

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Sweet Lou, the Doberman, has died in Butler County, Ohio, from starvation with complications of blastomycosis, a fungal disease in the lungs. He was so hungry that he ate rocks, the Xrays showed.

"He lived his life on too short a chain and was deprived food for quite some time, and he got to the point where he was willing to eat anything that he could get his mouth on," the Humane Society post stated. His ideal weight should have been about 75 pounds. He came in at 51.9 pounds, but he'd gained about six pounds in the first few days he received care. He took a turn for the worse with breathing troubles in the last few days, dealing with a recently confirmed fungal infection called Blastomycosis.


"That is a fungal infection that dogs can pick up in the environment, and if not treated can be deadly. Lou was severely infected with this disease, and despite us doing everything medically possible, he passed away late last night after going into respiratory distress. His body was just too weak to fight the disease," Bowser said.He was 2 years old, and was brought to the Animal Friends Humane Society Monday, April 22, with open sores in and on his skeletal frame.

Named Lucifer by his owner and renamed "Lou" by his new friends, he received five days of love and medical care before he succumbed to his condition late Friday, April 26.

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This story breaks my heart more than any other animal cruelty stories I have read in a very long time.


As a public and veterinary service, I add to my comment a short video about Blastomycosis from the Mayo Clinic:


Dimorphic Fungi: Blastomycosis [Hot Topic] Dimorphic fungi cause several common diseases including histoplasmosis, blastomycosis, and coccidioidomycosis. Dr. Roberts discusses the distribution and ...
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We ask new visitors to our house if they are afraid of dogs. If "Yes," we say no problem,"We have a separate room for you." Haven't done it yet, but eagerly look forward to it.

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I am not at all clear what your comment has to do with this article.



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Humans who don't appreciate the enormous value of dogs aren't welcome here, and abusers of them should absolutely be punished. Your article much appreciated.

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Thank you for this article pointing out animal cruelty. People need to be made aware. I did not allow myself to read it. I am sure I would not to be able to stomach it. And, I need to be able to sleep...

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A person capable of abuse, cruelty or neglect of a creature capable of expressing pain and suffering is equally capable of treating a fellow human that way. A domestic pet--a dog or cat that has been taught to trust humans--is capable of affection. loyalty and love. To return that with abuse or neglect is the act of a particularly depraved sort of human being, devoid of any compassion. Even Hitler was kind to dogs.

Not sure if I would agree with repaying suffering with more suffering, other than jail time and/or significant fine. Anyone turning custody of an animal to a known abuser should also be penalized. Perhaps they should be tattooed for life with the letter A, for "animal abuser".

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Thanks for your insights. I think you are too kind, but maybe in punishing such a miscreant, that would be appropriate, compared to my anger and hostility.

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As much as we might feel justified, if we take to abusing the abusers, we lower ourselves to their level.

The unfortunate reality is that no form of revenge or punishment brings back the dead or resurrects a victim from damage. All you can really do is shed a tear for the victims and be thankful when they're no longer suffering.

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I am not willing to merely shed a tear.


I want the prosecutor and the judge and the jury (if there is a jury on these felony charges) to nail this guy badly.


He is a subhuman and deserves subhuman treatment by the worst subhumans inhabiting the prison system (and that is not to say that the rest of the prisoners are also subhuman!)


I have had 7 dogs since 1983, and can only react in horror at the unspeakable evil this person has committed.


His punishment should be appropriate and the prosecutor, jury, and judge can determine what exactly that "appropriate" should be. I have confidence that Justice will be done, in this case.

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Oh, I'm definitely not saying there shouldn't be punishment. Of course there should!

I just meant we can't allow ourselves to justify torture as part of that punishment. (No matter how appropriate that may seem.)

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