Medford woman charged with abuse of young dog

May 11, 2008 Full story: Medford Mail Tribune 7

A 19-year-old woman was jailed on a felony aggravated animal abuse charge after she reportedly threw, squeezed and stomped on a Pomeranian puppy near the Medford Center on Wednesday. via Medford Mail Tribune

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Tonya West

Grants Pass, OR

#1 May 18, 2008
who in there right mind would do such a thing to an animal, i think they should do alot more about animal cruelty!! i just don't know why people can only get a few days in jail and a charge over something like that!
Grandma

Albany, OR

#2 May 26, 2008
Tonya West wrote:
who in there right mind would do such a thing to an animal, i think they should do alot more about animal cruelty!! i just don't know why people can only get a few days in jail and a charge over something like that!
I believe that you should treat animals kindly and not abuse them, but the penalties are totally out of line. They are animals after all! A fine for cruelty to animals would be more appropriate. The line between animal life and human life is becoming too blurred. It is time we returned to reason.
Animal Lover

Shady Cove, OR

#3 Jul 3, 2008
A small light nudge with your foot to a dogs hind quarter to correct (From Be the Pack Leader Book) to get attention while walking is in order for correction - much beyond that or losing your temper and taking it out on the dog is abusive and I hope the person gets "corrected" for it - We are all the animals have to protect them!
whiteyward

Sunnyside, WA

#4 Jul 7, 2008
If she had cut off the head and ate the dog it would have been legal, if she had cut of the head and fed the dog to the other dogs it would have been legal, but don't harm the dog....what is going on here? IF citizens can eat a cow or kill a pig and gut it and eat it or kill a wild deer and leave it to bleed to death all is well...some pork sausage plants feed the pigs pig dodo..every other day (called pre-digested feed) and it is in our stores for all to eat...so if you wear leather or eat dead animals you are part of the death culture.
Good Grief

Sullivan, MO

#5 Jul 10, 2009
OH Good Grief. I have listened in silence to the city people/animal rights activists til I'm sick. Sick of the ignorance. What do you think half the animals eat? Probably at least half are carnivores. Are we going to be able to "educate" them to eat vegetables?
The fact is that without hunting or some population control, there will be a population explosion that will end in animals starving to death. And if we all stop eating meat, and letting animals breed at will, they soon will cover up all the places that vegetables are grown. What are you going to eat then? What are the other animals going to eat then? We'll all starve together.
All this bs about pre digested food, is just that, untrue. Or if it is true, it isn't in the farming land I live in. I've lived on farms all of my life and all the feed that we fed was grain based. Every last bit.
I eat meat and wear leather, just as my ancestors and yours have for well over 35,000 years.
But what do I know, I'm just a "dumb" farmer. Of course without the farmers, all you smart city folk would starve within two weeks.
I am absolutely opposed to animal cruelty, as in causing them unnecessary pain. I have and love many animals. But I hate to think of them starving because no one thought any animal should die for any reason. It's called the cycle of life, and the food chain. It will be around long after you silly activists have all gone on to your better reward, where the lion will lay down beside the lamb, right before he has him for dinner.
Candy

Central Point, OR

#6 Jan 25, 2010
Grandma wrote:
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I believe that you should treat animals kindly and not abuse them, but the penalties are totally out of line. They are animals after all! A fine for cruelty to animals would be more appropriate. The line between animal life and human life is becoming too blurred. It is time we returned to reason.
They say that those who abuse animals go on to hurt humans, so....
The lesser fines and punishment have been tried and it hasn't made an impact. That is why stricter punishment is needed.
A life is a life, pain is pain. That's like saying there is a difference between a child and an adult when it comes to feelings.
GaiaGirl

Ashland, OR

#7 Jan 28, 2010
Candy, I certainly agree with you. It is a proven fact that almost all serial killers began practicing on small animals while the killers were still very young. Cruelty to animals is considered a signpost to psychologists that the person involved may have some very serious, deep-rooted cruelty issues which could lead to them being cruel to children and other humans. Cruelty is unnecessary and abhorent. I was raised on a ranch and, like all humans, am an omnivore. Being a herbivore is not truly a natural state for human beings, otherwise why would we be born with canine teeth which were originally designed to tear meat? Look at the teeth of natural herbivores. All but a few in front are flat-topped for grinding vegetable matter. The few in front are designed to chop off the vegetable matter before it is ground by the molars.

But to get back to the topic, the cruelty displayed by this woman is most certainly a wake-up call for those around her. She obviously has serious anger and cruelty issues which put those around her at risk. She not only needs some jail time for her actions, but some serious, in-depth psychological counseling and evaluation. I hope she gets the help she needs. If she is or becomes a mother, I worry about the safety of her children or the children of others she might be around.

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