CORNWALL Ontario – As I write this my strange and wonderful dog is nuzzled between myself and the back of my chair. My 26 year old cat is wandering the perimeter of my desk, my 16 year old cat is passed out on the dog bed near my feet and my dying beloved Rottie is resting comfortably.
As you can imagine I love animals. When my Rottie lost a lot of weight due to her cancer I decided to start to cook the dogs food from scratch and she gained all her cancer loss weight back. I’m not sharing their gloop with a friends older dog too.
Today in Cornwall a monster was in court. Yes, the bleeding heart liberal side of me can say that he himself is most likely a victim of society; but not every one that has had it tough hurts animals. As a matter of fact some of the most ruthless of criminals will protect animals over humans. I’ve seen it first hand.
For Lance Burgess though justice is not being served in this writers opinion. Lance was charged for abusing two cats. Frankly he attempted to kill them and then discarded at least one. Both ended up at a local vet.
He’s represented by one of Cornwall’s finest lawyers, Gaye Leroux. I’ve interviewed Gaye. I would posit that he’s a good man. I can’t imagine how he or any lawyer can defend such a monster as Burgess.
Lance is going to be sentenced to either six months in jail or nine. He’ll get a ban from owning animals and may have to pay the vet bill, but in the end I can’t imagine the intolerable suffering those two cats went through.
I’m sorry simply doesn’t cut it; even if genuine sometimes. As Stephen King once wrote “shit wipes” meaning that if you can clean something that’s fine, but some things you can’t wipe. This act of abuse is one of those.
While people joke, cats are just as loving a pet as a dog. They’ll even take abuse at human hands. To take physical abuse in the manner that Mr. Burgess dished it out including an apparent attempt to “put the cat out of its misery” simply is not acceptable in our society.
I’m not sure such a person can ever be fixed? I’m not even sure that prison is a solution for such a monster?
But we live in a world with a lot of monsters wandering the streets; many of whom are educated and wear lovely suits. We seem to value life less and less these days, whether it be human or our beloved pets.
We’re reading more and more of incidents of animal abuse. It could be because more of them are being exposed via the media or sadly simply because more of them are occurring.
What do you think dear CFN viewers. What do you think justice should be for Lance Burgess? You can post your comments below.