On Animals + Abuse

I had an entirely different post set up for today, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about two particular dogs all weekend. And no, they are not even my own dogs (though Judy & Bill are never far from the forefront of my thoughts…
I’m talking about these dogs. The two that died after their owner threw them off a cliff here on Oahu earlier this year.
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Some amazing citizens found them after she left them for dead, but it was too late. One had already died and the other was so badly injured, he was later euthanized. If it happened earlier this year, why am I so mad about it now? Well the woman who did this was sentenced this weekend. Her punishment? A $400 fine.
$400 dollars. That’s it. I’ll be straight with you – I can spend $400 in a single trip to Costco, so when I found out that is what her consequence was for doing such an evil act – I was downright pissed.
I posted this on Instagram over the weekend, but I stand by what I said and I think it bears repeating here: 
“While I get that there are many other important things to worry about this world today, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the pure evil it takes to develop and execute a plan like this. The reality is this — dogs have all the good qualities of humans and none of the bad ones. While we have jobs, hobbies and friends — our pets have us; we are their world. They depend on us for everything and in turn, love us without condition of expectation, which is something the world could use a little bit more of these days, don’t you think?” 
I slept terribly on Saturday night and on Sunday, I woke up and still had the dogs on my mind. What can be done about something like this? I really had no idea, but my dad suggested I write to my senators, so I did. I wrote that inhumane crimes are crimes against humanity and asked what type of precedent was being set? I inquired what sort of message we were sending to animal abusers and how abuse like this is a felony, not a slap on the wrist. If you’re local and want to write, you can contact Brian Schatz or Mazie Hirono.

What sickens me more about this entire situation is that this woman had options. There are shelters, there are people seeking to adopt and there are rescue groups. THROWING THESE POOR ANIMALS OFF THE SIDE OF A SEASIDE CLIFF SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ON THAT LIST. 

As you can see, I’m still pretty torn up about this, but aside from donating to shelters, writing my senators and volunteering – what else can be done? I’m at a little bit of a loss and feeling downright helpless. 
As a human race, we are better than this.


  • I don't have any advice about what can be done, but I agree with you that this is both heartbreaking and incredibly maddening.

  • Jen

    I just can't handle those who abuse animals, it disgusts me in so many ways.

  • That makes me so sick 🙁 I never understand how human beings can be so cruel. I love animals, my choice to go vegetarian was 90% because of my love for animals. I can't imagine what would posses someone to do something like that, and I am ashamed of the legal system which allows people to get away with crimes against animals.

  • Oh my gosh, this kills me right now. I can't even imagine what goes through someone's head when they decide to do something like this. And $400 fine? Are you kidding me?! I truly hope that something gets done with the laws after this.

  • This is heartbreaking. The pathetically low fine sets a terrible precedent. You are doing the right thing by reaching out to those who can lobby and impact such laws.

  • This is so hard. We see deplorable acts of animal abuse every damn day in animal rescue (I started volunteering about 6 years ago and let me tell you, it sometimes takes an iron stomach to counteract your bleeding heart).

    I encourage you to volunteer at a rescue, no-kill shelter, or another outlet to help animals in need today. It helps ease the pain to know that you are hands-on helping. It's the best decision I've ever made. It's NOT the easiest. But I can sleep at night knowing I made a difference in a lives of animals who need it most.

    Thank you for posting about this. It needs to be heard.

  • I hadn't heard that story, but it makes me sick. I was thinking exactly what you said as I read it: dropping those dogs off at a shelter would've been SO easy. I can't even fathom how someone could do that. A $400 fine is a joke. There should be tougher consequences.

  • Absolutely sickening. It would have taken nothing to take them to a shelter. Or even to just leave them somewhere to be found! My gosh. That's pure evil.

  • I LOVE that you're using your platform (this blog and your IG) to talk about this HUGE issue. Makes my heart hurt.

  • This is just makes me so sick! But good for you for making your readers aware of this, and taking a proactive approach!