Torturing animals is usually a warm-up for other, more severe, anti-social acts. Like killing people.
But meanwhile, the amount of public outrage at the dog slashers is way over the top. Greg, from Guilford, says he would execute them. Ken, of North Branford, thinks they should get a taste of their own medicine.
And Bruno, of Milford, is threatening their lives.
It goes without saying that people should not harm animals. But animals are, well, animals.
Why do so many people care more about dogs than about fellow humans? Because dogs are innocent and have done nothing to deserve this kind of vicious act?
Because pets are pure and people are corrupt? Sure. What about dogs that attack and maim people? There are currently about 75 million dogs in the U.S. and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculate that these dogs bite about 2 percent of the population - more than 4.7 million people - a year.
Do we hear any outcry over dog bites? Getting bitten by a dog is the fifth most frequent cause for visiting an emergency room. About 1,000 people end up in ERs every day because of dog bites.
It is not a shock to find that pit bulls and rottweilers are responsible for 74 percent of the attacks; 68 percent of the attacks on children, and 65 percent of the deaths.
Owners never think their dogs are dangerous until the dog mauls someone. Then the owners say, "He must have provoked the dog."
So, basically, the number of people who attack dogs is minuscule, while dogs take chunks out of people all over the place.
It would be interesting to hear what people who've been bitten and scarred by dogs have to say about the Milford case.