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In regards to previous letters, "Reader taken aback by dog cruelty story," (Feb. 14), and "Tougher laws needed to punish pet abuse," (March 3), I wanted to commend the ladies for speaking out. I salute you and agree with you. I am, however, discouraged.
I know the family in question. I have followed this case closely, even attending court appearances. But all I see are brief appearances and repeated continuations. Despite talk of the adverse effect on her children, they are still with her in that house. I see no consequences fitting the crime. And, yes, animal cruelty is a crime.
I hope this poor dog did not die in vain, with no meaning to come from his suffering at the hands of this woman. If not, shame on her. I hope these children can be somehow spared further emotional abuse at the hands of their mother. If not, shame on our legal and social system.