It's cold all across the country.
Even down here in Austin, our night time temps of late have dipped into the teens causing the entrance fountain at my development to resemble something more suited to Superman's Fortress of Solitude rather than a city four hours removed from the Gulf.
Northern states are enduring record cold. Not ha-ha-funny-let's-make-a-joke cold, or inconvenient-my-car-takes-forever-to-warm-up cold, but DANGEROUS-TO-ALL-LIVING-CREATURES COLD.
The temps and wind chill have been so dangerous that mayors have called for offices to be shut down because it simply is not safe on the roads or walking the short distance from a parking lot to a desk.
Common sense would tell you, if you are that cold outside, your furry friend is that cold outside. That their fur coat is not some magical heat making device that insulates them like some under garment from REI for an Outward Bound trip up Kilimanjaro.
It's fur. That's it, that's all. It makes them hot in the summer, and provides little protection in the winter.
SO WHY ARE PEOPLE LEAVING THEIR PETS OUT IN THIS WEATHER??????
That's rhetorical, don't answer.
We all know why. Because those people are not people. They are inconsiderate, rude, lazy, careless fucks who should not be allowed the privilege of another creature being dependent upon them.
I have read story after story the past week of animals being called in by anonymous sources and rescued by authorities, and I'm glad people are actually getting involved, but this story has put me over the edge.
In Indiana, authorities received an anonymous tip about another couple dogs being left outside in this dangerous cold. Upon investigating, they found one dog on a chain, and another - a small Sheltie mix - FROZEN TO THE GROUND.
Look at his face. LOOK. AT. IT.
That is the look of any dog who simply wants to be loved, taken care of, and do its master's bidding. Dogs want very little. And they give so very much.
This poor animal, Peanut, was frozen to the ground - his tail, feet, stomach. Think about that. Think about how cold that poor animal was to have that take place. Cold that cold? It's not just uncomfortable, it's painful.
(Oreo, our Pomeranian, looks over her shoulder at me every time I have to let her out, as if to convery, "You have got to be kidding me, and you'd better not shut that door!" She does her business and then wants RIGHT BACK IN and she is ALL fur.)
Police had to pour warm water over the areas to finally melt him off the ground and be able to take him to get care.
Not surprisingly, given he belonged to shitstains who thought nothing of leaving him and his friend outside in these temps, he is also about half the weight he should be. Color me shocked.
Both animals have been removed from the home and are up for adoption. Hopefully they will both get what any pet deserves - a loving home with people who will cherish them, provide for them, give them the comfort and security they have never known.
At this writing, the owners have not been charged with anything (but authorities are reviewing the findings).
Bull and shit.
The owners should be undressed, chained outside, and watered down until they, too, are frozen to the ground. Drive the message home. Maybe if some guy has his testicles frozen to the sod, or some woman's milk jugs are turned into ice cream cartons, they will begin to grasp what their pets endured.
It makes me wish there was a Dexter who specializes in cretins who abuse animals and children. They simply are not needed in human society any longer.
Am I being harsh? Listen closely ...
I. DON'T. CARE.
My ability to tolerate stupidity, abuse, arrogance, willful, belligerent ignorance in this world has reached critical mass. My patience is gone. I simply have none left. If you have proven by your actions that you simply "don't play well with others", we don't need you. If you think nothing of abusing a child, raping an infant, kicking a dog, putting a kitten in a microwave, drinking and then getting behind the wheel where you kill a family heading home from the movies - then you are done. Your services are no longer needed, and your oxygen supply is revoked.
And please don't give me a plea of "hate the sin, love the sinner." No. Save it for your church group. I HATE THE SINNER.
I realize that makes me sound as cold hearted as the sewage that left the dog frozen to the ground. GOOD.
Perhaps it's time that our tolerance froze up and stopped being extended to the proven inhumanity dished out on this planet.
The Sheriff's Office is now charging 50-year-old George Kimmel and 55-year-old Dorothy Kimmel with Animal Neglect, a class A Misdemeanor.