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Teens who unleashed dogs on highway deserve the worst

It is little wonder that I generally prefer the company of animals to that of two-legged creatures.

I will not call them humans – those two teenage boys who took two dogs and released them on the northbound lane of Route 422 between Kittanning and Ford City in morning rush-hour traffic on Aug. 13.

So depraved are these 15- and 17-year-old Ford City and Kittanning boys that they waited around in their vehicle to see if the dogs got hit by speeding vehicles, according to a witness to the incident.

I’ll bet even now they are joking and hee-hawing about the incident with their cronies. I’m sure they think it’s hilarious.

Now, why aren’t we given the name of these cruel and perverted youths• Because they are underage?

Baloney.

Tell us who they are so the community can unload our derisiveness and loathing on them for their cruel and inhumane behavior. Domesticated animals rely on us for their care. If you don’t love them, you at least can treat them with kindness and respect.

What’s going to happen to these cruel children• Are they going to get a slap on the wrist from authorities?

Probably.

Their parents will get them a slick lawyer who will plead that they are misunderstood, didn’t know what they were doing and were depressed or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

They are fiends.

Whose dogs were they?

They were wearing collars when they were rescued by Kim Shellhammer of Apollo. The animals know commands. They belong to someone. I hope to God it wasn’t those delinquents who released them on the highway – though we shouldn’t be surprised if that is the case.

The dogs showed more loyalty to each other, according to Shellhammer, than those evil boys showed mercy.

Shellhammer says the German shepherd-huskie mix and Labrador retiever-collie mix were terrified out there on the highway with vehicles whizzing by – and trust me, folks, speeds on that road sometimes exceed 30 mph faster than the 45 mph speed limit.

The boys are charged with cruelty to animals and disorderly conduct. They will have a hearing before District Justice J. Gary DeComo in Ford City.

I hope DeComo is an animal lover.

I hope he throws the book at these perverts and their parents.

I hope the boys get sent to a detention center for a good long time – though I doubt it. A fine probably will be their punishment. Big deal. Their parents will pay the fine and court costs for them and the two delinquents will be free to terrorize still more animals – only maybe this time, their victim will be a human animal, a little kid walking home from school or from a corner store.

Magistrate DeComo, please show them no mercy. Make them pay dearly for their offense. They deserve only the worst. They are despicable.

By the way, Amos and Andy, as the dogs have been named by Shellhammer, are available for adoption. For information, call the State Police in Kittanning at 724-543-2011. Shellhammer, the hero in this story, is hoping they will be adopted as a pair since they are so close and loyal to each other.


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