This past June, a Maryland man, David Beers, who sought revenge
against a couple who had asked him to leave their property, admitted
that after leaving the couple's yard in a huff, he later returned and
snatched their 18-month-old dog, Zoey. Beers drove off with Zoey and
then hurled the four-pound dog out of the passenger side window of his
car and over the side of a bridge. Her tiny body was never found.
When we first heard about the story, we wrote to the prosecutor and
pushed for vigorous prosecution of Beers. We also asked that Beers be
required to undergo a psychological evaluation and receive counseling
and also be prohibited from having animals.
Now Beers is headed to court and faces a felony aggravated cruelty-to-animals charge, which could mean three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Zoey's death is a reminder of the dangers that await dogs
who are tethered outside or are allowed to roam unsupervised. Please,
don't ever take chances with your pooch's well-being—and always take a
moment to educate others who might not know any better.