FINLEY, Wash. – Here’s a story that has people pretty divided. News reports with headlines such as “Pastor slashes puppy’s throat” and “Pastor Admits To Killing Neighbor’s Puppy” have gotten animal dog lovers pretty riled up. The “puppy” in question was a 6-month old Siberian Husky. The dog had gotten loose, made its way on to Pastor David Rea’s property and was in the process of killing his chickens. When none of his neighbors would step in and help stop his livestock from being slaughtered, he jumped into the fray and killed the dog, reportedly with a knife. “Until you’re in there fighting a dog, you don’t know what to do,” said Rea, pastor of Tri-Cities Baptist Church. “You can’t even imagine. It’s a horribly bad deal.” This act has pissed off some neighbors and readers who are condemning what the man did to protect his property. I just know that had he killed a wolf, or cougar, or an alligator, these pissed off people would be praising the pastor’s actions. But because this dog was a pet all of a sudden the rules change? Instead of the nine chickens that got chewed to bits, what if it had been fluffy bunnies, kittens or puppies? What if it had been attacking a child? Do you think we would still be hearing the outcry?
This isn’t the first neighbor who has lost a dog to Rea. Earlier this year Rea shot and killed a black Labrador owned by Bob and JoAnn Fortman. Rea, who says he has a problem with strays, shot the dog as it was running on his property. What he was not aware of was that Bob Fortman was 100 feet behind the dog. Again, the similarity between this killing and the more recent one isn’t just Rea. It’s also the fact that in both cases the dogs were not leashed and were on his property. “He claims to be a man of God,” JoAnn Fortman said, “but I don’t understand that. Men of God don’t do cruel things like that.” The owner of the dead Husky echoed the same sentiments. I found those comments kinda funny…considering that the God she is referring to drowned an entire planet, killed Egypt’s first-born children and destroyed two entire cities. Hell, she’s lucky the pastor didn’t use his teeth to chew the dog’s balls off, wear its entrails like a belt while mounting the dog’s head on the grill of his vehicle. Here’s a news report featuring the owner of the dead dog and a revelation that Rea may have killed a third dog on his property a couple years ago.
Prevent it from happening again? By what, ordering Rea not to kill a dog on his property killing his animals? How about preventing it by making sure your dogs aren’t roaming the neighborhood. Anyway, I am sure I’m in the minority with my opinion on this story, but I said it in our forums and I will say it again. This sounds a lot less like a man hell-bent on killing dogs as it does a bunch of neighbors who have issues keeping their dogs on a leash. It would seem like if you don’t want your dog killed by the owner of the livestock it’s slaughtering, you’d make sure it cannot get loose. (*dons flame retardant suit*)Tags: Animal Cruelty, Crime, pastor, When Animals Attack