Well, here we go again. Manatee County and animal problems.
And it seems that "the powers that be" are dead set to execute Padi. Yes, laws and rules are in place but there should be and usually are exceptions to every rule.
You know when a human is accused of murder, the circumstances matter. Was it self-defense? Was it stand you ground? Human beings are the highest order of the animal kingdom.
God gave us domain over all of the other animal species and he, no doubt, expects us to act with compassion, kindness and fairness. But the people of our world today, so many have become very cold-hearted and cruel (look at the canned hunts for trophy kills).
Proverbs 12:10 says: "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."
It was terrible what happened to the little boy, but where was the babysitter who was supposed to be taking care of him? Well, whatever, but she certainly was not doing her job.
The parents should be irate at her if they trusted her with their child! But the child runs off into a private area to heckle the poor dog who was undoubtedly trying to get away from him (with still no babysitter in sight).
It is fight or flight and obviously Padi did the "flight." What was left to do to defend him/herself?
I hope all of you really think about this. Why crucify the dog who had never ever been mean and is loving and probably very sad and wondering why he was taken away from his home and master who loves him. Let's be fair and let Padi go free. Remember, God is watching-judging you.
Rev. Shari Sumrall