A Canaanite dog of one year suffered from severe abuse by its owners, but the police closed the case
It took about two months of watchfulness and medical care at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, to return the joy of living to Bill, a Canaanite dog of one year. However, the human who injured him did not pay any price. The staff of the Society, who brought the name of the abusive owner to the police, found out, and not for the first time, that the law against cruelty to animals has no teeth.
Two months ago Bill was brought to us injured and with exposed flesh as a result of a traumatic burn or exposure to acid as a result of negligence on the part of its owner. The wound that was exposed next to Bill’s right eye has already closed up and his face has returned to normal. Recently Bill received cosmetic surgery at the hands of the Society’s veterinarian, Dr. Aya Peri, who performed a deep peeling of the infected skin while the dog was under general anesthesia. Similarly Bill received intensive antibiotic therapy and anti-bacterial soup and after the skin closed up Bill received cosmetic treatment.
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel brought a complaint to the police against the person who was definitely identified as the owner of the dog. However, in the police no one hurried to take the matter seriously and the file was closed on the contention that it was not known who had done the crime and from lack of public interest. We see the attitude of the police regarding such cases as contemptuous and we stand helpless against the factor that is responsible for the implementation of the law, which is sweeping, time after time, the abuse cases under the rug and leaving animals to pay the prices of non-implementation of the law with their blood and with emotional trauma. Even the Justice Authority does not show any great responsibility regarding the matter, and the phenomenon will lessen only when deterring punishments will be meted out and when abuse criminals will sit behind bars.