Here’s my thought, as well as an impassioned plea, for the week: If the puppies on the front page of the Southern Standard on Wednesday look familiar, please report any information you have to Warren County Sheriff’s Department. Let’s not tolerate this behavior.
On Monday morning, three puppies were found in the trash compactor at Warren County’s Convenience Center. Exactly how long they were trapped in there is unknown. Estimates given by center staff based on the last time that compactor had been used, indicate they have been placed in the compactor Friday.
While that one aspect – when – is unknown, why is crystal clear. The person was, at least in their small mind, taking out the trash and getting rid of problems. Their obvious intent was for the puppies to be crushed to death. Shame, shame, shame, shame.
Instead, and thankfully so, they were rescued by center staff when they were heard whimpering and yelping in an unsuccessful attempt to free themselves. The puppies are now in the care of Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center staff, a much better option than their heartless previous owner.
As I’m watching this situation unfold, I convinced myself that the best way to find the dumper is through the puppies themselves. No, they cannot talk, but a picture is worth a thousand words. So, I went to the center and took as much time as needed in order to obtain a good picture of the uninjured puppies. It was placed right on the front page for everyone to see.
I waited. Not one call by Friday.
Is it possible that absolutely no one knows who these puppies belong to? Nope, I just don’t believe that.
Maybe it’s a question of not wanting to get involved? What they did demonstrations their character. What you do is an indication of yours. I don’t care if it’s a neighbor, family member or friend. They need to be held accountable for their actions.
I wouldn’t want to hold onto the guilt of knowing who did this and keeping it to myself. It would make me complicit. Worse, by remaining silent I may as well thrown those puppies into the compactor myself.
In 1992, six pillars of character were outlined as the “core ethical values that transcend cultural, religious and socioeconomic differences.” The six pillars are:
• Trustworthiness – Don’t deceive, cheat or steal. Have the courage to do the right thing.
• Respect – Treat others with respect. Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone.
• Responsibility – Do what you are supposed to do and set a good example for others.
• Fairness – Treat all people fairly and be open minded.
• Caring – Be kind, compassionate, show empathy, etc.
• Citizenship – Do your part to make your home, school, community and world a better place.
Someone failed all six of those pillars by their actions. Don’t join them in their lack of character by remaining silent. Speak up.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.