The Dog Rescuers

I’ve been watching The Dog Rescuers on both Amazon (season 5) and TUBI (seasons 2, 3, & 4).

It’s about the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and their daily efforts in the UK.

I did a lot of research on the RSPCA a few years ago, because one of my characters was involved in an animal abuse situation. That part of the book was left on the cutting room floor, unfortunately. Regardless, I was impressed by their work and the fact that they’re the oldest welfare organization.

The Dog Rescuers shows the wonderful side of people and the awful side, too. I couldn’t help but wonder how many more incidents of cruelty happen in the US on a daily basis. Not because we’re worse, but because we’re a bigger country.

I don’t understand starving an animal. Nor can I grasp living with that same animal you’re starving. That’s just another level of sick.

Yet, for every act of needless violence against an animal, or deliberate unkindness, there are many more people who devote their lives to the betterment of animals, from the person who donates five dollars to the people who foster countless strays.

I’m left, not with a feeling of sadness, but of encouragement and hope. I wish we had something comparable to the Animal Welfare Act here in the US. Plus, I wish that the RSPCA had more authority than they do. However, the police seem to act as a supportive partner in rescuing those poor animals that desperately need it.

Something was recently passed here called PACT – Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. It prohibits intentional acts of crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise subjecting animals to serious bodily harm. Evidently, it’s now a federal felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison. Dear God in Heaven, I’d never heard of crush videos before and the idea that they’re being made – and watched – stuns me.

Thinking about it makes me cuddle Stanley a little more, and say a prayer for those lovely people who rescued him. And, maybe, a prayer that the awful people capable of torturing animals are visited by karma.

16 thoughts on “The Dog Rescuers”

  1. A federal law was just passed making it a crime to abuse an animal. It won’t stop it immediately but hopefully slow it down. People who abuse animals often go on to abusing people. It’s disgusting and inhumane.

    • I have this separate category in my brain for people who abuse children. It’s a very personal subject for me and one that I normally don’t discuss. I think talking about scumbags that abuse animals helps me vent some of my rage.

  2. I don’t understand how anyone can abandon let alone torture an animal. I don’t have the stomach for the Sarah Mcglaouglin commercials and if I could I would save them all.

    • I can’t watch the commercials. The Dog Rescuers warns you if there’s something really disturbing. I don’t understand how someone can refuse to feed a dog that lives with you. What the hell is that all about?

  3. I have lived with rescued animals for many years. I know from their histories that there are people who are not nice.

    But, I also am well aware that there are people who do even worse things to children. Their own children are starved, abused physically as well as sexually and emotionally. It should not be a huge surprise that animals are abused.

    In another life, Mr Wonderful and I visited puppy mills in the mid-west in order to be able to make reports to the Dept. of Agriculture. We went as people looking to open our own puppy mill. Even now, it almost makes me vomit when I think of what we saw.

    Yes, there are people who are cruel and hateful to all kinds of creatures. But, there are also many people who work to do what is good and kind for animals as well as children.

    Unfortunately, I believe we will always have very sick people among us. The best thing to do is to try to recognize them.

  4. How much hate can a human being have in their heart to hurt an innocent animal? Those people do not have a right to live. Seven years is not enough time in prison.

    • I don’t think they have values, Rita. At least not the ones I’m aware of. Or maybe they just see the world differently. I honestly don’t know.

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