|From: Ronna Detrick|
“An Idaho man was arrested last Saturday for strangling his own dog to death at the Daniels Parkway rest stop along I-75 in Fort Myers.
Witnesses say a dog leaped out of a van driven by 54-year-old Larry Ellis Peterson and attacked a Yorkie on a leash. Peterson got out of his and kicked his dog and managed to get it away from the Yorkie.
The owner of the Yorkie had left the scene to take her pet to a vet to get its wounds treated. A Lee County Sheriff's deputy arrived to find Peterson's dog dead.
One witness said Peterson had asked him for a knife to cut the dog's head off. When that witness refused to help he and another witness said that Peterson then choked the dog to death.
[…] Peterson was charged with one count of cruelty to animals causing death or serious injury.”
“I will say that the ‘if you can talk, you can breathe’ talking point is an instant invalidator of the speaker, and something that continually makes me need to stifle the personal urge to punch the speaker in the throat. Yes, yes—the victim in such a scenario is attempting to convey that while they can indeed currently breathe, they are not necessarily confident that they will be able to keep said breathing up much longer.
I suppose the more proper expression would to say something like:
‘Hello, persons surrounding me, I am getting fuzzy-headed due to lack of oxygen and my vision is blurring and I feel like I am going to pass out, I require immediate assistance because I cannot go on describing these various symptoms much longer.’
Instead the person—say, an asthma or stranglehold victim—shortens it to something like a gasping three-word ‘I can't breathe’ and expects/hopes the people surrounding him will comprehend what he or she meant by that, naturally assuming he or she is not surrounded by complete fucking idiots.”
— Hunter, Daily Koss
“The state of New York is often associated with its most famous city. As much of a large metropolis as New York City is, the state has numerous, large rural areas. All New Yorkers are subject to the same animal cruelty laws whether inside the city or out. When these laws are broken they result in fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and possible prison time up to 18 months. The severity of the crime and the number of offenses dictates the punishment.”