The holidays always serve as a good time to remember those in need of tangible gifts as well as personal attention to lift their spirits.
Our pets and other domestic animals deserve similar consideration, and they certainly do not deserve abuse and abandonment.
Nevertheless, two criminal cases of animal abuse came to light this week.
Van Cornelius Brunson, 28, of Valley was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree cruelty to a dog/cat, according to the Valley Police Department.
Brunson was booked at the Chambers County Jail with a $2,500 bond.
The charge stems from a complaint made of howling throughout the night. An animal control officer responded to a residence and discovered two dogs tied behind the residence with no food, water or shelter.
One of the dogs was malnourished, the other dead.
It appeared that the previous occupant had moved out and left the dogs behind, police said.
A Notasulga man who was wanted for animal abuse involving three adult dogs and seven puppies surrendered to authorities on Thursday.
Kion Tezerrian Glaze, 21, was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals. He was booked at the Lee County Jail.
The charge stems from a complaint made of potentially abandoned dogs at a residence located at a residence in Notasulga.
Responding officers found three adult dogs tied up, and seven puppies in a confined fenced area without food or clean water. They described the environment as “horrible living conditions that were life-threatening to the animals.”
The animals were seized by police and taken to a local veterinarian’s office.
Two arrests, and two men sent to jail and facing expensive fines.
Perhaps the arrests and headlines will send a message that will be heard loud and clear where needed, that animal abuse will not be tolerated and will be punished.
It is sad that there are animals treated this way.
Equally sad is that such a message as this is required for the people they depend upon for care.
Stop animal abuse and report it to local authorities when suspected.