With the voices of more animal rights activists being heard and propagated via
the social media, animal abuse has gained worldwide recognition as a serious
crime punishable by law. Forgetting to periodically feed your pets or even
kicking them in anger could land you in jail or see you slapped with a heavy
fine. What then about animals who abuse humans ? Should domesticated creatures
be penalized for displaying their true nature ? Or is it a mistake of the owners
that warrants criminal prosecution ? Despite their life-threatening encounter
with a mad hound, both ten-year-old Samuel Ang and thirty-nine-year-old Mr Tan
Kim Wei could not bear to hear of the monster being put down and its young
owner, thrown into a cell for ten months !
Perched comfortably, Samuel had
been savoring some juicy rambutans. A fierce snarl violently jolted him forward.
Slipping, he hung on for dear life. The pit bull terrier propped itself up
against the trunk and clawed its fore limbs upward. Samuel's trousers soon
dangled in ribbons, blood oozing down his legs. "Somebody help me ! It's ...
It's going to kill me ! Help ! Help !" he yelled, legs flaring aimlessly in a
futile attempt to save his feet from the ferocious beast.
Then, without the slightest warning, Samuel came crashing down. That was all
the canine needed. It lunged at the boy, sank its teeth into his leg and hung on
tight. Samuel hit it in vulnerable areas and one of his punches met its chest.
The hound howled with pain. Samuel tried to scramble away but the agitated beast
pounced on him within a split second. Though panic-stricken, Samuel
doubled his efforts, punching and kicking
the vicious creature wherever he could.
Seeing the ugly tussle between man and beast, Mr Tan sprinted over, grabbed
the thick branch that had brought Samuel down and rammed it at the savage
creature. It leapt and yelped as it landed a few meters away. A good portion of
the heavy baton had ripped off. Before he knew it, the animal charged at him
with renewed vigor. A second swing and more wood and splinters flew but the pit
bull fought back relentlessly. Not long after, it managed to knock Mr tan over.
The sound of snapping and sight of the teeth coming at him terrified Mr Tan.
"Isn't anyone going to help me ? his heart cried out as he tried his best to
fend off the animal.
"Rover !" screeched a feminine voice, ending the senseless attack on a
helpless victim and his innocent savior. What became of Rover and its young
owner was a heart-wrenching tale indeed.