When you break up after living together with someone, there's a whole list of logistical crap to try and work out. You gotta figure out who gets the KitchenAid, who gets that awesome ship painting you bought at the thrift store, and unfortunately, who gets the pets. If you're a mature and high-functioning human being, deciding on pet-custody is an emotional experience that may leave you unhappy, but it's not something that should leave anyone dead.
Unfortunately, Sarah Rust didn't get the memo about how animal cruelty is a felony, no matter how pissed you are at your ex. She allegedly threw the dog she shared with boyfriend Shawn Davidson off their two-story balcony after a heated argument, and the dog didn't survive.
Sarah's been charged with cruelty to animals and was released on $5,000 bail.
There are a lot of things that get hurled around during a furious quarrel -- insults, glassware, piles of dress shirts still on their hangers -- but pets shouldn't be one of them. I couldn't imagine causing harm to any animal, let alone taking my mis-directed anger out on a lovable dog. The fact that she was capable of cold-hearted murder is a sign that she's got some anger management problems.
Stable people don't go throwing pets off porches when they fight with their partners. Even though the dog's gone forever, I hope at the very least Sarah has learned something about herself from this tragedy and gets some needed counseling.
I think we've all been in a passionate fit of rage at one time or another, and maybe we've said or thrown some things that we regret, but when you bring in the pets, that shit is just inexcusable.
What's the worst thing you've done during a fight with your partner or spouse?
Photo via purpleapple428/Flickr -- dog pictured is not Sarah and Shawn's dog.
Something my kids handmade
A fun holiday at home with my family
Some time off!
Something just for me, like a plush robe