Friday, October 03, 2008

Dolly the Dashchund

I can’t help but wonder about what is really important to the people of Portland. As I’ve been going through my email this morning, I’ve come time and time again upon the story of Dolly the Dashchund. Dolly was apparently severely mistreated when she was brought to the Multnomah County Animal Services in August.

People who read the article were up in arms about the inhumane behavior of her former owners. There were comments about putting them to death or treating them the same way they treated their dog. Portlanders take animal abuse seriously.

But what about people abuse? What about the hundreds of people with developmental disabilities in Oregon who are abused yearly? Do these same protectors of dogs get hopping mad when the story comes to light about a woman being raped with a toilet brush handle and dying of infection? Does their blood boil when they pick up a newspaper and learn that people are dying from medical neglect right down the road from them?

Every time these types of stories are brought out in the open, there is a quietness in our city. For whatever reason, there is no uproar. I really don’t get it.

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