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Killing family pet is a despicable act

I am utterly disgusted by the Sloan man who was charged with beating and shooting his dog. My heart breaks for this poor dog, who allegedly was viciously killed in his own home by someone who was his caregiver. I wonder if this was the first time? And it was witnessed by the poor son – something that child will never forget.

I’m so very tired of hearing the excuse that this happened because alcohol was involved. This man is more than old enough to take responsibility for his actions. Own up to it. If convicted, he should be banned from owning any future pets. He should also be evaluated by Child Protective Services. Hopefully the judge will sentence him to jail time, substance abuse classes, anger management classes, family therapy and a hefty fine. No animal should ever be treated like that.

Lynn Pasternak

Williamsville