A Brief History of Animal Abuse and Cruelty Essay

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In October of 2012, a Jack Russell Terrier puppy named Phoenix was set on fire in Buffalo N.Y. The woman who discovered him was attracted by black smoke. She managed to put out the the flames with her sweater and proceeded to rush him to a small animal hospital with severe burns over his whole body and a serious ankle infection. Although he lost 60% off of both of his ears he maintained almost complete mobility of his leg. He still has a slight limp. Judi Bunge, a senior vet technician at Buffalo Small Animal Hospital who had been looking after Phoenix, adopted him soon after he had fully recovered. He now lives with Judi and her two other dogs. "Phoenix will become a therapy dog and continue his work as an ambassador for the …show more content…
In October of 2012, a Jack Russell Terrier puppy named Phoenix was set on fire in Buffalo N.Y. The woman who discovered him was attracted by black smoke. She managed to put out the the flames with her sweater and proceeded to rush him to a small animal hospital with severe burns over his whole body and a serious ankle infection. Although he lost 60% off of both of his ears he maintained almost complete mobility of his leg. He still has a slight limp. Judi Bunge, a senior vet technician at Buffalo Small Animal Hospital who had been looking after Phoenix, adopted him soon after he had fully recovered. He now lives with Judi and her two other dogs. "Phoenix will become a therapy dog and continue his work as an ambassador for the Shelter, an advocate against animal abuse, and a symbol of resiliency" (Phoenix’s social network page). But most stories end tragically and not as happily as Phoenix’s. In most cases, the animal doesn’t survive. Others survive but become too aggressive or timid to find a “forever home”. Animal cruelty is one of the most common and serious issues worldwide and affects us more than we realize.
Animal cruelty has been around since the beginning of time, since humans first interacted with animals. Animal cruelty is causing suffering to an animal, whether by deliberate abuse or simple neglect. The Humane Society of the United Stated defines neglect as “not giving an animal the right food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery goes on for
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