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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Why I Hate People

(Updates at bottom of post.)

This month was supposed to be "No Woe" month on this blog, but fuck it. When human beings are as barbaric as they are to each other, it's futile to pretend that refusing to address the negativity in the world will somehow make life better.

See the dog in this picture? This is Buju. He was adopted from the Animal Rescue League, where I volunteer.

Buju was loyal, friendly and beautiful. But, because his mom decided to move to a place that didn't take pets, she brought him to the ARL. I worked with this dog nearly every day. I walked this dog. I played ball with this dog. This dog missed his mom so much that he would curl up against the cage after a walk and allow himself to be petted, against the bars, for as long as I was willing to kneel beside him, because all he wanted was to go home.

I knew this dog.

Then this happened.

Fuck people. Fuck each and every motherfucker out there. Fuck the people who think dogs don't matter. Fuck the people who think "there was nothing we could do," or that this isn't a "real problem," or the sign of a society so impossibly fucked up that this passes for "minor news."

Fuck the woman who decided her dog was so inconvenient to her personal life that he had to be put in a shelter. Fuck the newpaper for thinking the ARL would have euthanized Buju (he wouldn't have been on the adoption floor if that were the case).

But especially fuck the bastard who did this. It's times like these I wish I believed in hell, because that's where I'd like to see you burn for eternity, you heartless, disgusting waste.

Fuck you.

*UPDATE* 12:43 PM -- Looks like they found the bastard. (Thanks to Sunil for the link.)

*UPDATE* 1:58 PM -- I just had conversations (both in person and via email) with a couple ARL employees about the possibility of improving the check-up system. Evidently, they DO do (minimal) follow-ups on adopted animals via phone, and they also make suggestions on resources people can use if their adopted animal still has behavioral issues, etc. (Thus, I've retracted that accusation from my earlier rant.)

However, they assured me there's no chance of the follow-up procedure changing. In essence, making it harder to adopt dogs would mean more dogs would be put to sleep. Thus, they're already doing the best they can.

I call bullshit.

It was also pointed out to me that, in this particular case, there was nothing the ARL could have done to prevent this because the original owner reclaimed her own dog and THEN gave him away. As far as the ARL is (legally) concerned, there were no further actions they could take.

Ironically, this makes me even MORE frustrated...

I believe I may take a break from the ARL for the moment. Granted, it's not the dogs' fault they're in there. But when you're presented with an opportunity to look yourself in the eye and say, "Yes, we need to improve what we're doing," and all you can come up with is "It could be worse" or "We're doing the best we can," it turns my stomach.

I'm sick of mediocrity passing for quality in this world; is mediocrity now passing for goodness too?

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  • I'm really sorry to read about this. It's a horrible story and there's nothing good to say. I'm sorry for your loss.

    By Blogger Chris Brogan, at 10:01 AM  

  • I'm so sorry to hear that this happened. I spent a number of years volunteering with local animal rescues, and it did nothing for my (already waning) faith in humanity.

    People really are sick. I'm going to go home today and give my cats some extra attention. I hope that you can find some peace in time.

    By Blogger Marina Martin, at 10:06 AM  

  • I love my dog, and all the dogs I have had through my life. They deliver far more joy than pain. They share love and loyalty in measures that exceed human capacity. They are wise in understanding human behavior, even at its ugliest. This is a sad story that may be all to common. I am sorry for this loss, I am sorry for the shortsightedness of these bad people. I am sorry for your pain.

    By Blogger Larry Lawfer, at 10:16 AM  

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    By Blogger Sweet Discord, at 10:24 AM  

  • ;(

    People make me sad

    By Blogger BlackThir13en, at 10:28 AM  

  • Dude, I am so sorry. This is absolutely sick :(

    At least he (and other dogs) have you and Anne for some much needed interaction and affection .

    The guy that did this isn't a part of humanity - he's a monster.

    By Blogger righteoustetris, at 10:33 AM  

  • Jesus -- I feel sick, especially when I think about what could have happened to our amazing, wonderful cat if the wrong person had adopted him from the shelter eight years ago.

    What should you do? Please please please continue to spend whatever time you can at the shelter, regardless of its shortcomings. The attention the pets get from volunteers and staffers is the most valuable thing you can provide.

    By Blogger Uncle Crappy, at 10:58 AM  

  • wow.
    I had to take a few minutes to regain my composure.

    I don't know what to say other than I feel your hurt and anger. I sat here reading your blog and then the article with tears welling up in my eyes and the lump in my throat growing larger. I hurt and I too, am angry.

    Nevermind the monster, he will get what he deserves in time. Just know that there are some awesome people in this world - you being one of them. Keep doing what you do.

    By Blogger fleasha, at 11:01 AM  

  • Repulsive and...sad. I don't know. It's just so sad. No words.

    I'm so sorry, Justin.

    By Anonymous Rachel, at 11:04 AM  

  • This kind of stuff destroys me.

    We rescued our dog 5 years ago and she has been the best thing that ever happened to us. These poor animals look to us for food, shelter, and love. To take that trust and do this makes me sick.

    If there is something that we can do about this, tell me. I'll do whatever it takes.

    By Anonymous Sunil, at 11:24 AM  

  • Looks like they found the bastard:

    By Anonymous Sunil, at 11:32 AM  

  • Though I'm not a dog lover, and I say that because I'm too selfish to want to look after one, (I like cats), I agree with ya, people need to think through their responsibilities, unquestionably.

    Dogs are for life, not xmas.

    You doing GREAT work in that job Dude, hats off to you for that.

    By Anonymous Chris Hambly, at 11:40 AM  

  • As I sit here at my desk with my two dogs at my feet I feel so horrible. No words can be said. Thanks for the time you did/do spend trying to help this dog and the other animals at the shelter. It just plain sucks that some people are such shitheads. so so sorry.

    By Blogger Mike McAllen, at 11:51 AM  

  • This isn't animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is leaving a dog in a hot car while you run into the store for milk. Animal cruelty is neglecting an animal. This is animal murder. I don't think there is a huge leap between doing this to a dog and doing this to a human. Here's hoping they find this guy and he's locked up for a long time.

    By Blogger Locobone, at 12:26 PM  

  • Justin - I am so sorry to hear this. I believe there have always been cruel people but we now have the ability to know about them first hand. I can only hope that it raises the collective consciousness and the people who do this (gang membership initiation??) start getting tons of push back from the rest of us that it stops eventually. I think it's easier to keep things going when they remain secret - shedding light can only help IMO.

    Lexi and I are going to the beach for an underwater rant. We'll take your pain with us.

    By Anonymous rox, at 12:45 PM  

  • This story makes me sick to read. Thankfully it appears that this jerk is now in custody. Since my wife and I can't have pets we make it a point to go to Animal Friends whenever we can. I can't imagine anyone harming and animal in this fashion. honestly I'm speechless.

    By Anonymous spoon, at 1:36 PM  

  • I didn't comment earlier, because I don't like to comment when I am angry. I reserve Twitter for that.

    By now, I'm still angry, but calmed down. I'm not going to say anything about the killer—I think most, if not all, of us feel the same about that waste of "humanity".

    I'd like to talk about the woman who gave away her dog to such a person. I want to talk to her face-to-face, look into her eyes, and ask her why in the hell she took her dog out of a decent shelter and put his life in the hands of a monster.

    It's a trick question. You don't take your dog out of the shelter, because you don't put family members in a shelter. You don't trade your dog for cheaper rent or a nicer view. If you do, you show how much you are worth, and I wish someone treats you with the same respect.

    And if you misbehave, I pray that your euthanization is painless.

    By Blogger John R. Carman, at 1:36 PM  

  • As a guy who treats his dog better than lots of people treat their kids, I'm dumbfounded by how anyone could do this.

    I'm really sorry for your loss.

    By Anonymous Jim, at 1:39 PM  

  • Damn, that is heinous. There's so much I don't understand about people, and how horrible they can be.

    I guess that's why I limit my "mainstream media" intake -- it just makes me feel as though the world is mostly about bad things.

    Times like this, it's hard not to focus on all the shit that happens, but I personally choose to focus on the good and shut out the bad. Some may feel I'm numbing myself to the real world, but at the end of the day I want to have good thoughts in my head. So I put up serious armor/borders, and shut out the bad.

    By Anonymous Jordan Mitchell, at 1:46 PM  

  • Sorry to hear that Justin. It's sickening. But this dog was better off for having you in his life. I understand the frustration, but I hope you'll consider sticking with it.

    Sounds like they (the organization *and* the animals) need somebody like you around there.

    By Blogger Eric Mortensen, at 1:53 PM  

  • *huge hugs for you* I'm so sorry.

    By Blogger chel.pixie, at 1:55 PM  

  • I'm so sorry, Justin. Having lost our dog recently, suddenly, but by no means violently, I have only an inkling of how you must feel.

    In terms of the update and what people can and cannot control, systems are slow to adjust and move. One case of anything does not necessarily mandate a whole new policy change. Making sure you capture data, follow up and help prosecute are the only reasonable actions that can be taken. The other actions call for powers of foresight none of us possess, no matter ho hard we wish we did.

    I think about my husband who sees Moms who go without prenatal care, those pregnant moms who leave the hospital after getting into a bar fight, before their baby can be observed, because they want to see their boyfriend in the Emergency Room, and all the other ugly things that happen. He takes care of them all, tries to make their lives better where he can, but he can't make them change, he can only facilitate change.

    Mother Theresa said something like "We can't all do great things, but we can do small things with great love." What you do with the ARL makes the lives of many animals better. You do that with great love. You can't protect or save them all, but those you do, it makes a huge difference to.

    It's frustrating when this stuff happens, but writing the organization off because of it might not be the most constructive action. It saves you from potential pain, but does it help anyone else?

    By Blogger wsh1266, at 2:14 PM  

  • Ugh, I'm so sorry about this. There are no words.

    By Blogger Steve Woolf, at 4:54 PM  

  • I find it hard to believe that a man would go to all the trouble of going to animal rescue centre, just so he could get a dog and shoot it. I also find hard to believe that said rescue centre didn't vet their adopters more thoroughly. I volunteer at a cats shelter and the owner only gives them up when she's sure that they're going to good homes. Surely someone must have noticed that this guy was severely disturbed.

    Anyway, I suppose it goes without saying, but that guy is nothing but a piece of shit in my eyes. Fuck him.

    By Anonymous Michael, at 8:36 AM  

  • just a random passerby who happened to run across your blog on Google...

    I understand completely. I'm 17 and have been volunteering at an animal shelter for 2 years now. Last week, we had a lady who tried to return her puppy but didn't want to pay a surrender fee, so she went on a highway and threw him out of the window.

    So, after watching that puppy scream and die a most miserable death (the woman still hasn't been found), I can truly understand how you feel. It hurts.

    By Anonymous Dee, at 11:31 PM  

  • Dee - thanks for commenting.

    I've begun walking dogs again at the shelter, intermittently - every few weeks or so. I know they still need my help, and it's not THEIR fault the world is full of sick fucks.

    I'm just frustrated at humanity's inability to step up and take responsibility for its own actions, and refuse to allow people who are clearly bottom feeders to continue living life according to their terms. We're allowed to be good, humane people, and we're allowed to not stand for it when others refuse to be good, humane people.

    That's called evolution.

    By Blogger Justin Kownacki, at 12:55 AM  

  • I decided not to read any of the linked articles because I'm sure it would have made me sad.

    But all of this, the post and comments seems whiny and naive.

    People are just animals with oversized brains. Our nature is to kill all the other animals, including the weak humans and dominate each other and have sex and make more of ourselves. That's it. All this stuff about "suffering" and "humanity" and "evolution"... its all just words. It means nothing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:53 AM  

  • If "that's it," anonymous, then why do some of us care so much when people do heinous things to animals?

    There isn't anything to say except that people are cruel, people are mindless, people are ignorant, people are monstrous.

    Justin, don't ever think that the time you spend with the shelter animals isn't worth it...even if the shelter practices murder (euthanasia) for mere efficiency. ANIMALS ALWAYS REMEMBER--as does God.

    By Anonymous animals are better than humans, at 7:40 PM  

  • I agree, humans are sick. Society is sick. But what can one do? Other than to work for animals, as you do. Don't give up what you can do for animals...

    By Anonymous Greeshka, at 4:11 PM  

  • I also volunteer with shelter dogs and constantly hear horrendous stories about assholes who beat and torture animals.
    People suck, its true. But there are still a few good ones left or else there would be no shelters for these animals to go to.:)

    By Blogger Silverstar, at 5:54 PM  

  • You know, I sit here and think about how much I hate people and the evil, cruel absolutely disgusting things they do, and I really do believe I like animals so much more. I know there are a few good people out there though, and Justin, you for sure are one of them. I also believe in karma and what goes around comes around, and rest assured this prick will burn in hell for what he's done. God bless you for helping out those precious shelter animals

    By Anonymous dillonbaby, at 11:13 PM  

  • That is very messed up. No animal deserves that kind of treatment.
    Unfortunately, I do know many people who deserve to be killed in such a manner.

    Let's look at why things sick things like this happen. People are treating each other like that sicko treated that poor dog, and worse. People are supposed to be more important than animals, right? Then how can we possibly fix the problem of animal cruelty, when "people cruelty" is so commonplace?

    People have mistreated me my entire life, for no reason whatsoever, other than for their own sadistic, evil pleasure - even my own mother. I feel like killing people everyday because of that. I'd like to get psychiatric help, but I can't because I don't have health insurance. I haven't been able to find a real job with health insurance for over a year. I have a part time job which I hate, which frustrates me even more.

    You're damn right I hate people!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:41 AM  

  • people reali are w****rs poor dog i hate people...¬_¬

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:53 AM  

  • It makes me sick that there are people like that sick fuck alive. Don't give up hope, I'm not one for blind-faith in humanity - but people like you do mean a lot to the world.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:11 AM  

  • I hate people too. I would much prefer the company of a dog than any human being on this shitty, fucked up hole of a planet.
    I am, without question, right with you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:00 AM  

  • This tragic event confirms my absolute distrust and hatred for all people. Most people are a waste of air and need to be buried alive.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:41 PM  

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    By Blogger Allen and Arcadier, P.A., at 5:42 PM  

  • I agree, Justin! This idea that animals don't matter -- don't have value -- is insanity!

    I use to give people the benefit of a doubt and offer my trust (with caution) right away. Then, I was betrayed for the last time and said "fuck that"! Now, I trust no one. My trust must be earned (good luck with that!).

    I also use to assume (with caution) that people were kind and will do the right thing. Gave them the benefit of the doubt.

    Today, after a long-awaited meeting with my (disinterested) Asst. County Manager to discuss an animal rights issue and the deceipt & incompetance of her Animal Services department...I have reached an official decision. Rather than say, "Hello, friend", I now will say "Fuck you arrogant, self-centered bastard." ...and let people earn my respect and esteem from there (good luck with that!).

    But, for this moment, I say to each of you who have responded herein with kindness and compassion: "You don't suck that"

    When did the world get this out of control? Arrogance, intolerance, and lack of compassion run rampant? Has it always been this way? I'm a very aware person; certainly it hasn't been this way my whole 30-something life?

    Goddess love ya, Justin, for working with an animal rescue group. I don't have the stomach for it. I would just cry non-stop. My battle scars are deep, but the daily disappointment would be too much. (I do volunteer with animal groups, and am an animal rights activist, but I have to do it from a distance or I would be overwhelmed.)


    By Blogger Greta, at 5:46 PM  

  • wow, all this for one dog... why dont some of you turds gets your dicks out of your dogs and go help some sick children!
    for fucks sake! dead dog, killed by a person. cry me a fucking river. what about all the dead people killed by a person, eh?
    limbless vietnam veterans living on steets?
    starving children in africa?
    sick, lonely old people?
    you all have such big hearts? go help some people, you pompuos asswrenches!!!
    lots of love,
    The Alpha And Omega

    By Anonymous alpha and omega's kingdom come, at 7:30 PM  

  • Alpha, you are the biggest asshole alive. It's idiots like you that make me not want to be around people. I have a lot of love for animals as well as children. I don't like to see either suffer. I can't stand pedophiles, child molestors, or animal abusers/murderers.

    I understand totally where Justin is coming from. I have had dogs all of my life and I can't fathom how anyone can harm such beautiful animals. How can you look at yourself after you have tortured or killed an innocent being? How?

    Justin I am sorry about what happend. I feel like you most days in my hate for people, because some do this to animals and other people. This world is sick and I believe it is going to get worse.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:58 AM  

  • I can't even bring myself to go to the link and read the poor little dude's fate. I know it'll about kill me. People suck, but some of us "get it" and bend over backwards for our animal buddies - I do! I'm glad you were a good friend to him. Anyhow - I'm very sorry.
    PS - I really wish I could get my hands on jackasses like that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:03 PM  

  • "Alpha" probably call yourself that because you want to pretend you're extra important somehow when you're most likely just impotent. And you call others "pompuos" (nice spelling you ingnorant POS control freak).

    If you feel superior and don't have compassion for animals, you can't have REAL compassion for anything.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:17 PM  

  • I love my animals far more than any piece of shit humans. I hate people. They are insensitve, arrogant, don't give a shit and most of them are lazy and rude. Kids are even worse. Anyopne than hates animals is a sick and worhtless piece of shit. this woprld is full of sick and disgusting worthless people that should never have been born. My animals give love and warmth and loyal companioship, people sure the hell don't.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:36 PM  

  • I don't think this is a minor incident at all. I think the small things that happen around the world are example of the larger examples of hatred we see, as well as the only ones we can change. Hatred is what's wrong with the world; if their was none this poor dog would not have died, and with no hatred, lots of our problems would go away and we could focus on real things.

    At the same time, I almost, in a weird way, feel sorry for this man. What could have been going on in his head at the time? Something fucked up must have happened to him to make him want to shoot this dog. He deserves jail and possibly death... yet, I almost feel like we should just give him a hug; he really needs one. Hate breeds more hate, even against those who deserve it... idealistic words, I am sure, but if everyone lived by them...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:06 AM  

  • Fuck people. People are inherently evil, born with an evil spirit. Why else would laws have to be created with punishment attached if we were born good? I hate people, they're are a few good ones out there, but not many. I used to live in Dallas and there is a sidekick to the radio personality Russ Martin whose name is JD Ryan. That son of a bitch had a dog for 9 years, he moved, and his girlfriend did not want the dog so he took it to the pound after 9 years. I hate that fucker, die you piece of shit. People suck, yeah I'm fucking angry, everyday I am consumed with a burning hatred for most all human beings. I am what you call an equal opportunity racist-I hate everyone.

    Ahh, I feel a little better.

    My dog and three cats are our children, my wife and I put them above all else. We eat shit when we are broke in order to get them good food. We love them, and they love us back, they make sense in a senseless world. If you can't understand that, FUCK OFF AND DIE !!

    By Blogger NASHUA, at 3:17 PM  

  • its a fucking dog, pussy...

    By Anonymous dylan, at 8:10 PM  

  • I start hating people too. I was very nice and everything, I couldn't hold hate until I came across evil people who bullied me at school because I was different, then I was raped and I changed completely, now I just hate this world. this happened 10 years ago and it changed my view on life. I love pets but I don't own one because I am afraid to not be able to take care of it it. It's like a child, I wan t to eb able to give him the best. People are evil yuk, I am so digusted by them. I am very sorry this happened. Nothing surprises me anymore, NO-THING! take care.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:41 PM  

  • I agree human beings are the worst thing to ever happen to this planet, nothing short of scum. A disease that needs eradicated asap. I just hope God or whatever else is out there finds a cure for the earth sooner rather than later!

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