Christchurch, New Zealand – Somehow, when there’s animal abuse the punishment always seems small. It is a serious issue not only because of the animals, but for what it implies. A recurrent abuser may escalate into humans and if noticed on time, a lot of people can be saved in the future. The world is definitely heading into that direction – one in which animal abusers are considered serious criminals that should be stopped. In the meantime, let’s keep on spreading the word to put pressure for this not to be tolerated.
Kia was a 6 month old cross-breed puppy who was supposed to be safe, but ended up euthanized because of the serious injuries caused on her by her abuser.
The abuser is an 18-year old called Logan Smoor who was supposed to be taking care of her while his father was travelling overseas. But instead, he deprived her from food and water, beat her and torture her.
By the time his father returned from his trip, seeing the state she was in, he took Kia to the Canterbury SPCA to be treated. But her condition was too painful for her to fight for her life. She had 11 fractures, including two of her lower jaw, several head and rib fractures and three of her legs were broken, she lost her sight in one eye, she was in pain and she was starving. She couldn’t drink, eat or go to the bathroom without help. The SPCA decided it was best for her to be euthanized, so she wouldn’t have to suffer anymore.
And Logan Smoor was arrested. But not only for what happened to Kia but for vandalism to a bus and assaulting a woman. He pleaded guilty to all of the charges and because of the ill-treatment of animals, he was banned for life for owning any pet. He will also spend 15 months in prison.
The judge in charge of his case, Jane Farish, expressed concern because of Smoor’s psychiatric reports and the implication of his inability to change. He will have one on one counselling in prison and he will have to fulfill certain conditions if he’s to be released.
The punishment should be accompanied by a reformation if he’s expected to change. Otherwise he will need to be watched for, because no other puppy should have to suffer what Kia did.