I try not to be a know-it-all about most things, but there is an area I’m quite passionate about, and that’s people who leave their dogs tied up outside while they shop or dine.
Quite often you’ll see me in front of the post office kneeling beside a pooch whose owner is inside buying stamps, my heart pounding in its defense. It’s so easy to steal a dog, especially a small one. I’ve seen it happen, and the culprits are so quick it would make your head spin.
I find myself cautioning those who casually act as if they live in Oregon or Iowa where canine kidnapping is at a fortunate low. Even if I tactfully say anything, I’m often received with arrogant resistance. There was a time I’d get all fired up, yelling at their carelessness, but learned, on the animal’s behalf, gentle persuasion is the better course to take.
This leads me to the source of this post.
Flyers are pinned up everywhere over the disappearance of a little chihuahua named Theo, taken while its owners ate in a pizza parlor on the Upper East Side.
As I read it, even though they’re offering a 1500 dollar reward, no questions asked, I know, that dog is gone.
This is a hard piece of info to relay, but he was probably sold to a dog fighting ring, big business in these parts.
He looked just like Rocky Mazzilli, a dog I babysat for just a few weeks ago, my friend Chris, never letting him or his sister, Coco, out of his sight.
Animals depend on us when they don’t live in the wild. A slice of pizza, stamps or a cup of coffee, isn’t worth putting them in harm’s way. If you have to go someplace where they aren’t allowed, then simply leave them home.
My heart aches for this little guy, who was a tender victim of someone’s reckless stupidity.