News in Singapore broke of a businessman being jailed for failing to feed his emaciated pet.
It is not for me to partake in another person’s sorrow, but I was relieved by the news.
Many pet owners are unaware the neglect is a form of abuse. It’s probably more common than more direct forms. Those who neglect their pets consciously or otherwise need to develop more awareness.
They choose to forget about pets if they no longer have time or inclination to look after them.
The poor furballs we all love are victims of consumerism. They are bought as easily as clothes and can just as readily discarded.
Time is not on their side as well. Without realizing how busy they are, owners attracted to a pet’s irresistible, kawaii features and tote them home. They conveniently leave them aside when they simply cannot find a few minutes to remember to feed them.
These owners think that leaving their pets alone is better than beating them into submission or abusing them by kicking them into a corner.
A most common form of neglectful abuse is chaining a dog up for hours in the hot sun and leaving him alone. His essentials, like a food bowl and water, are often not replenished.
A pet comes with a mess. To solve the problem, some owners cage or crate their dogs and forget about them.
The most disastrous form of neglect, by far, is simply leaving pets in a park and walking home without them.
You cannot take in every single abandoned or neglected animal much as you would love to. You can, however help to stop neglect.
You can get more involved by tactfully prompting neighbors whom you suspect are neglecting their pets.
If the reminder does not work, volunteer to take them in if possible or suggest ways to find it another home should there be no other way of looking after it.
Get authorities involved if things come to an ugly head. This is not pleasant, but is worth the trouble if it helps an animal in need.
Neglecting an animal is just as bad, if not worse, than physically abusing one.