Does anybody remember this old campfire standard?
Bill took a stick
Gave him a whack
And tied him to
The railroad track
The whistle blew
The train drew nigh
Bill Grogan’s goat
Was doomed to die
That’s all there is
This story’s done
I hope you had
A lot of fun
Yeah, if you wanna get the kids to giggle, sing about train wrecks and animal vomit. Works every time.
Anyway, that’s what came to mind when I came across this decidedly less amusing story:
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Three dogs were tied last week to the CSX railroad tracks that run through Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Two of them were killed by trains. The third was a small dog that hunched down when the train came. She survived.
The railroad worker told officers that he had discovered the first two dogs’ bodies in the same secluded stretch of tracks near University and Scranton roads. And he witnessed from a distance the third dog being tied out. He said a man tied the small dog to a rail then appeared to take photographs or video of her. — Cleveland.com
What’s especially troubling is the report of some doucherocket taking video. That suggests youtube, a following, even an international fetish society. Are you familiar with the sickos who watch young Japanese women in thigh-high boots (and little else) stomp kittens to death? This sounds a first cousin.
In other news, on Tuesday Miami-Dade County voted overwhelmingly not to repeal its ban on pit bull ownership. “We have plenty of dangerous sonsofbitches running free in the streets already,” one voter told a reporter. “Maybe some of these goddam dog lovers want to adopt one of them instead. At least then they’d have a collar and a name tag.”