More than an animal

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 8, 2019
People have strong opinions on a variety of subjects and I typically try to stay out of any heated arguments, especially on Facebook. They like to talk about Trump, abortion, immigration and many other controversial topics.
I have my own opinion about these things, too, but not enough to type out a comment with my response.
However, one thing I am very opinionated about is animal cruelty. So, I’m going to do more that write a status about it. I’m going to write a column.
Recently, I have seen stories about dogs being burned, getting their ear tips cut off and simply being neglected. I absolutely cannot stand to look at anything involving an animal being hurt. It aches my heart.
If don’t understand why anyone would cut the tip of their dog’s ears off. No reason would be sufficient enough to justify putting a dog through that much pain.
I believe God created these animals to look a certain way and we shouldn’t be trying to change them. I’m also going to assume that however their ears are cut off isn’t sanitary. Simply put, don’t do it.
Recently, someone burned down my friend’s doghouse, and her dog was inside at the time. Can you imagine being cruel enough to burn a dog?
I don’t know how people say they are “just animals.” I understand that dogs and cats are animals, but that doesn’t mean they don’t feel. We have all seen how smart animals are and how much they can love their owner. How could anyone think they wouldn’t be able to feel physical pain?
Also, don’t keep your dog outside. I just don’t see the point of having an outside pet, especially if you don’t go out to play with them. Of course, I still let my dog out for an hour or so to play, but he doesn’t stay out there.
 Some might say their outside dog would stink up the house and get everything dirty, but I think they should keep their pet groomed properly to have them inside, or they just shouldn’t have pets. It’s that simple.
Also, it’s currently too cold for them to be outside, anyway.
I just wish that people would stop treating pets like animals because they’re so much more.
They’re family. They’re living creatures capable of feeling pain.

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