Saturday, 25 September 2010

criminals and dogs

There was an article in The Age newspaper today about crooks and their love for animals, especially dogs. I'm not sure how long links to articles in The Age stay active, so just in case you can't click across to it, I'll mention a couple of the incidents in the article.

The writers, Andrew Rule and John Silvester, say
For every psychopath who pulled the wings off butterflies and tortured kittens on the way to his corner of hell, there are plenty of hard men who would happily break (human) bones to punish cruelty to animals.
They give the example of the murder of Les Kane in 1978. When the Kanes came home from a restaurant to the house where they were hiding out from their enemies, their dachshund, Simon, was on a chair beside the front door - a chair he was not capable of climbing up onto. One of the three masked killers (who then pushed Mrs Kane and her children into a bedroom before shooting Kane and taking away his body) had apparently let the dog out and put him on the chair out of harm's way while he waited to commit murder.

Another story is about a man called Bazley who was hired to kill two people involved in the drug scene, in 1979. He was ordered to kill their dog, but he didn't, instead turning the dog loose. He later said he wouldn't shoot the dog because it hadn't done anything wrong.

And on one occasion another man was saved from a sharpshooter on a roof because he noticed his companion dog was staring out the window at the roof of the house next door.

There are more stories in this interesting article, but I'll let you read them for yourself if you want to.


Honey the Great Dane said...

Hmm...very thought-provoking! It's funny when you look at morality and "decent behaviour" from a different angle!

Oscar the Indefatigable said...

Really loved this article, so interesting to see the other side of the story.

Even though it's sensationalised reality tv, this show is interesting for the same reason:

Timea (Oscar and the gang)

parlance said...
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parlance said...

Oh, Honey! I'm sorry the humans wasted money buying that bed, but it's your choice, after all. And I think your humans are like me in wanting dogs to have choices in life, in order to enhance their intelligence. You know, it's rather funny, but the Snooza company has a sideline where you can send back a bed that you are finished with and they will repair it and give it to shelter. I guess you just short-circuited the whole process.

parlance said...

Timea, I'll have a look at the tv show. It sounds as if it might be like a show my sister used to watch each week on Foxtel, about convicted criminals training dogs in prison.