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Life Arts    H4'ed 3/19/16

Requiem for a Mutt named Roscoe

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Some very serious questions will need to be considered after an unfortunate incident involving a security guard occurred this week in the SF Bay Area.

Family dog named Roscoe is dead after being kicked by the security guard at an outlet for a well-known supermarket chain.

Ultimately a jury may have to determine the value of the victim and supplying a code of conduct for security guards.

A snarky columnist who is usually content with snide remarks and sarcastic comments is bamboozled by this heartbreaking family tragedy. Weekend protests are planned and they might bring the topic of animal cruelty to commentators around the country.

Out of respect for the family who describe themselves as lifelong customers of that supermarket chain we will try to limit ourselves to "just the facts, Mam" approach to our coverage of this tragedy.

The family will receive suggestions as to what legal path to be followed and what amounts for compensatory and/or punitive damages.

As a former dog owner, we sympathize with this family's loss and know that such a death can be a crushing blow.

We have always endeavored to observe, analyze and then comment, however, the relatively new concept of "vicarious trauma" might be applicable in this particular case. Money and/or cliche's cannot heal the emotional wounds related to this family's tragedy.

We only hope that the well-known homeless lawyer in The Bay Area can use the events of this week to bring the subject of animal cruelty to a national audience as well as companies and security guards aware of their responsibilities and duties.

If it were a child instead of a dog who died, the guard might well be facing first degree murder charges.

With all the election year mud-slinging, perhaps radio talk show hosts will be grateful to have a change of pace topic available.

The DJ will now play, "Dead Puppies aren't much fun", "How much is that Doggy in the Window" and Elvis's extremely tear jerker ballad "Old, Shep".

Have a "Remember Man's Best Friend" kind of week.

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