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Could imagine hurting something this cute?
It's been a bad week for dog lovers. First there was the news that three members of a family died after their dog ran into the water in California. Now we're hearing that 11 puppies were discovered in a park in southeastern Pennsylvania, all dead and all skinned.

Is anyone else thinking band of deranged thugs? Or maybe a serial killer in the making?

If it were some other sort of animal, I'd at least ponder whether the killer were down on their luck and looking to make money off of the pelt. But there isn't much call for puppy skins -- unless you're working for Cruella de Vil.

That leaves only the conclusion that all 11 puppies were killed by someone who saw them as unimportant, as easy prey whose deaths would not matter. It's the sort of mentality common with people who later go on to kill humans. They start with something "easy," and their lack of empathy for the four-legged carries over to people.

This sort of over-the-top cruelty is nearly the exact opposite of the tragedy in California, in which a teen boy apparently loved his dog so much he tried chasing him into the water to save his life. Here we have a person or persons who seems to have taken some sick pleasure in hurting innocent animals. And not just one innocent animal but 11 of them.

Come to think of it, the person who did this is the real animal.

Do you find this crime as unsettling as I do? What kind of animal do you think did this?

 

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