Now I got nuttin' agin "red-neck" or backwoods hillbilli types in general, as I do have some red-neck relatives that I kinda like (the ones that wouldnt abide animal cruelty) and I am more than just a tad o' (NY) hillbilli myself, but I do despise animal cruelty, by anyone anywhere at anytime. OF COURSE I dont mean to say that everyone who lives in the south or in the hills or the woods is an animal abuser (there are exceptions to every rule) but (if the shoe fits, wear it, if it dont apply, then let it fly, ok?) there does seem to be a proliferation of that particular mind-set "down there,"...of "back-woods-hillfolk-types" ..that are indifferent to the suffering of animals and where animals are considered nothing more than personal property, and are somehow not deserving of a good or better or (cruelty-free) life. It is that ATTITUDE that has to change if ever WE are to fully evolve as a civilized society or race, otherwise, you get this: ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
We need to change the "hearts and minds" of these type of simple-folk from one of callus indifference to that of a more compassionate lean. These people need to evolve and develop a little more respect for every living thing. That would be a dam good start down the road to a better world.
WARNING: GRAPHIC PICS
Back in Nov. of 2007, authorities in Cullman County, Al., began investigating a shocking case of animal cruelty. Police said a Vinemont family's beagle was skinned alive and had to be euthanized, but a second beagle escaped with minor lacerations. Neal Rodgers said he had let the family's two beagles run loose in a rural part of Vinemont located on Cullman County Road 1428 last weekend. He said he first thought his 3-year-old dog named Anne had been hit by a car, but after a closer look it was clear someone skinned his dog alive.
Rodgers said her coat was removed from the nape of the neck to the base of the tail and down to the nipple line. The second dog, 3-year-old Buttercup, suffered lacerations around the neck and shoulder before apparently escaping.
Cullman County Sheriff Tyler Roden said the case is under investigation.
A growing cash reward was offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction in this animal cruelty case. At last report, the reward is nearly $1,300; however, since it is funded by contributions from donors, it is likely to grow. (Note: The fund was last reported to have grown to around $14,000!) If you would like to donate money to the fund, you may do so at any Merchants Bank. Simply place the donation in the "Justice for Anne" fund.
If you have any information about who's responsible for the crime, contact the Cullman County Sheriff's Office at 256-734-0342, or the Secret Witness Hotline (to remain anonymous) at 256-734-0210.
BLOGGERS NOTE: I have called today to follow up on this case, to see what, if anything, had come of it. Today, being a sunday, I was told to call back on Monday and ask for the "Investigation Dept." I will most certainly do that tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I do believe that Annie was needlessly euthanized. The worst part of her ordeal was over and she should have been given a chance at recovery and a good rest of her life. There are plenty of sources of skin for grafting, including artificial "second skin" patches. Sounds to me as if someone didnt want to go to the expense of the surgical procedures involved, which we all know can be very pricey. So the tragedy of Annies torture was compounded, in my mind, by her un-necessary death due to economics and the high cost of vet care. Poor Annie. I would have gladly given her all of the skin off of my own meaty thighs just to see her thriving and happy and healthy again. .
PLEASE ALSO NOTE that the area where this atrocity occurred is a very rural area with only a handful of neighbors. How far could these dogs have wandered to have come into such gruesome hands? How many suspects could there possibly be in such a rural place? Surely someone knows something.
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The "pool" of suspects is VERY limited in this case so I am thinking surely the owners must have a good idea of who the offender is.....perhaps complaints have been lodged against this owner as he apparently has no problem in letting his dogs run free.
http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:--Ayw3cOm0MJ:www.abc3340.com/news/stories/1107/475615.html maggie, the skinned alive beagle.
UPDATE: March 30, 2010
I have just gotten off the phone with the sheriffs dept asking for an update on this case. I have been informed by the secretary that a determination was made that the injuries suffered were "accidental,"....claiming that it somehow got itself caught in a chicken-grinder or some such non-sense. I asked her who had made that determination, imparting to her my belief that it looked very much like a professional job,....she wasent sure who made the determination but told me she would have the sheriff contact me directly for details. Apparently, the case is closed and they still have some REFUNDS to issue to the good people that gave to Annies Cause, so if you are a contributor I suggest you contact the sheriffs office to see about getting your money back.
Will post further updates as they come along. Thanks for carin. Meanwhile, click on title above to sign petition.
For more examples of "Southern-Style" Animal Cruelty, check out "Hog-Dog Rodeos";
Also beware of "Hillibilli's With Guns"; http://badlawyernyc.blogspot.com/2009/12/hillbillies-with-guns.html