Why, why, why must I insist on reading these terribly upsetting stories about people torturing and killing innocent animals? Perhaps because I’m an animal lover? Or because I treat my own two dogs as if they were my own children? This recent one, however, really got to me.
Yesterday, Josper Sanon of Miramar, Florida, flung his teenage son’s two-month-old black Labrador puppy off a fifth-floor balcony simply because the puppy had an accident on the floor. An accident on the floor? And it was only two months old? How ignorant must one be to not know this is what puppies do until they’re properly trained?
The puppy died after being tossed from the 50-foot high balcony.
Charged with felony animal abuse, Sanon was released yesterday from the Broward County jail after posting bail. If convicted of the dog killing, he faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Excuse me? This isn’t just animal “abuse” — he killed an innocent puppy!
Please join me in e-mailing Miramar’s city manager Robert A. Payton and mayor Lori Cohen Moseley to ask they do everything possible to encourage prosecutors to punish Sanon to the fullest extent of the law. You’ll find Miramar’s other city officials listed here.