Apr 10 2014
Making those who commit despicable acts of cruelty towards defenceless and vulnerable animals serve appropriate and proportionate sentences appears to be largely beyond the powers of the judiciary in this day and age, if anything the sentences handed down are so inadequate that there is hardly a reason to consider them a deterrent to other would-be sadists. When your wrist is merely slapped and you walk free from court where is the feeling that you have committed a hideous crime and the dread of the oncoming months or years in prison…? answer is it does not exist, because few – if any – people who abuse, maim and kill innocent animals ever face the loss of personal liberty they so deeply deserve.
While it is frustrating for those of us who read week after week of yet another case of cruelty to animals to see time and again the perpetrators walk free, it is even more frustrating for those people who work tirelessly and endlessly as volunteers for animal rescue organisations to see the results of their work and efforts to bring these monsters to court come to little effect. Rescue teams such as CARA Rescue Dogs Ireland, located in Portlaoise, have recently experienced this very sense of anger and frustration.
In June 2013, two tiny puppies – a brother and sister – were beaten to within an inch of their new lives by one such bully named Jason Mossa (52) of Esker Hills Portlaoise. A grown man taking out his frustration and personal inadequacies on two puppies so tiny they could barely fit into the palms of the hands with which he bashed them so viciously. Not content with inflicting near-fatal injuries on their tiny bodies, he took the conscious decision to simply throw them away over a nearby wall and forget about them. No feelings of remorse and horror at what he had just done, no dash to the vet to try and retrieve the situation for them at least, no feelings of guilt or concern – just tossed aside like pieces of rubbish.
These pups laid injured, starving and near death for a week where they had landed on the ground, their situation being made worse by attacks from rats, birds and exposure to the elements. Miraculously, they were found five days after being left for dead and rescued by two volunteers from CARA, Georgina Herlihy and Antoinette Thurlow, who found the pups barely clinging to life. Both had suffered brain and internal injuries, were dehydrated, blind, unable to walk and were deeply traumatised.
Months of specialist vet care followed along with round-the-clock love, care and attention in the safety of their new foster home which has seen, almost one year on, these two pups – now named Alfie and Lexie – thriving, healthy and much loved members of a family of their own. The scars of their ordeal remain however.
Jason Mossa, through the efforts of CARA, has been convicted of a crime that even his own solicitor described as ‘repulsive’, is it enough to give such a person ‘community service’ instead of the ten months in prison that the judge was at liberty to hand down…? no it is not. When you consider that in March, a Belfast court in Northern Ireland allowed to walk free a family of men who had stolen local cats and puppies to use as bait for fighting dogs and had even videoed the agonising deaths of these poor creatures being torn apart, you have to ask just what the hell does it take to send these sadists to prison for their sickening crimes. Where is the deterrent…? when will the punishment fit the crime?
CARA Rescue Dogs Ireland work solely from donations, I can personally speak for the wonderful work they do picking up the pieces and changing lives for injured and homeless dogs. Please support them in their work, the smallest of donations add up (firstname.lastname@example.org) and if you are looking to adopt a dog or puppy, contact CARA and change a dog’s life forever.
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