It took one Oregon family awhile to discover what happened to their missing minature pony, named Gir. Gir was an American Miniature horse aged 30 and, aside from some arthritis, was in excellent shape but wouldn't have gotten too far if he escaped. They were forced to do their own detective work on February 18th when Gir wasn't in his stall even though the owner locked it and double-checked it.
And he didn't get too far at all. However, the Fitzgerald family was left to frantically search for him. When they started knocking on neighbors' doors, they discovered with horror Gir's dead body laying in the neighbor's yard.
Again, the family was left to seek answers. The neighbor said she had called the Sheriff's department and they came out and simply put the animal down.
However, the tale the department eventually weaves is worse than the original complete lack of response...
Gir was found with two bullet holes through the cheek area of the head and a pool of blood behind the head where it lay. The Sheriff's department claim - the family had to call them - was that the pony had gotten hit on the road and had its two back legs broken. But an autopsy completely dissolves that claim. The veterinarian confirms there was absolutely nothing wrong with him.
For recent years, police have gotten away with killing pets by claiming to feel "threatened," as if by senselessly blasting away lifeforms they could even be capable of anything resembling feeling. Now, they don't even bother with pretense. They don't bother explaining. Or, they lie and will pretend it was some kind of mercy killing for the good of society to cover for the fact that this is how some so-called men get their jollies. How do we know this? Because there is no rationale for senselessly killing someone else's precious creature.
People need to know that feeling "threatened" does not account for police killing tiny breeds, chained or tied dogs, cats, kittens, squirrels, baby deer, docile cows, or a parakeet - and of course, innocent people. Nor does it account for using live, injured animals for target practice.
Don't believe the "mercy" line for deer, cows, ponies or other barnyard animals. Once dead, the animal is the owner's responsibility - why can't it be the owner's responsibility beforehand? Sadly, the animals are killed before the owner can reach them and deputies are all too eager to say they've killed it. Furthermore, animal control is simply a deputy and the animal will be executed on site. No other choice is always the claim regardless of the situation.
Indeed, as one officer reveals, he can simply say he feels threatened if he wants to shoot something. And that is the real reason for the loss of life. A psychopathic desire to kill - just because. It has nothing to do with legitimate fear or incompetence.
“There wasn't very much I could say at that point because they shot the pony. I mean, i didn't know how to react,” Crista Fitzgerald said. That's the kind of shock treatment that perpetuates the chance of the behavior. How can one react in such a state of shock?
Maybe this doesn't seem like a big deal to a public successfully programmed through TV and movies to accept this behavior and figure to themselves that "at least it wasn't a human" - but it is a big deal. It's a completely unnecessary loss of life with no accountability.
One hopes that despite the shock-and-awe treatment this family was put through, that they continue to press the department and the media for this barbaric behavior and loss.
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