January 13, 2007

cruelness, not kindness

Not your typical World Briefing story in The New York Times:
Britain: Brothers Guilty of Overfeeding Dog

Two brothers who so overfed their 10-year-old chocolate Labrador, Rusty, above, that he weighed more than 150 pounds, more than double the weight he should have been, were found guilty by magistrates in Ely, Cambridgeshire, of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. The brothers, David and Derek Benton, were given a three-year conditional discharge. Vets working for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which brought the prosecution, said the dog was so fat he was unable to walk more than six steps without having to sit down. A slimmer Rusty, who has lost about 45 pounds since being taken into the care of animal welfare officials, was returned to the brothers on the condition that they did not let him put on any weight.

I certainly hope the Bentons won't solve the problem with Slentrol.

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