Rarely have I been so sickened as I was to read about the Muncie, Ind., man who tried to force his children to stab the family cat and, when that failed, strangled the cat himself (8/2, A-3, “Guilty plea in cat killing”).
Even more horrendous than the act of animal cruelty is what he has done to those children. He could face 18 months in prison for killing the cat. Not nearly long enough, in my opinion. For the indescribable emotional pain he inflicted on a 7-year-old and an 11-year-old, he should be sentenced to life.
Nothing in the article mentioned where the children’s mother was or what she may do for these kids in terms of counseling. I only hope and pray that someone responsible takes good care of their needs, as they’re going to need help getting over this awful incident or be traumatized the rest of their lives.