*The dog in the photo above is not the dog referenced in the story.
It's not a pleasant subject to report, but unfortunately, it happens all too often-animal abuse. Here we have yet another case of repeated, violent animal abuse. Thankfully, the abuser is in custody.
The dog, named Charly, is a 5-year-old Shih Tzu that weighs 10 pounds. On June 24, Charly's owner noticed her dog was "unable to walk, appeared disorientated, and was not completely alert" and took the Shih Tzu to the veterinarian. The dog was treated and able to be picked up the next day.
After reviewing her home video cameras to see what happened, Charly's owner found some disturbing footage. The report states that the footage revealed at least three separate incidents of Lockamy abusing Charly. Those incidents involved "throwing and kicking the dog, as well as other occasions in which he hit the dog with cardboard and slammed a baby gate on the dog." Disgusting.
Cedar Rapids police seemed to have found the footage just as disturbing. Lockamy was arrested for three counts of Animal Abuse and Animal Neglect, as he "failed to seek medical attention for the dog after seeing it go catatonic and unresponsive."
These cases continue to get my blood boiling. Just this year alone we've seen many animal abuse cases, including a 9-week-old puppy that suffered fractures. Luckily, the abuser was arrested and the pup is doing fine. The stories don't always turn out well for the animals though. In April, another man was arrested after his dog starved to death in a crate in his garage.
HOW can someone mistreat an animal? I will never understand. I'm glad to see these animal abusers behind bars, but is that really enough?
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