The L.A. Times published a great story this weekend about their county's efforts to combat animal cruelty. Although parts of the story were difficult for me to read, as I have a hard time shaking the imagery associated with cruelty stories, the efforts of the LAPD and the District Attorney's office to get serious about animal abusers are to be commended. As Deputy District Attorney Deborah Knaan said in the article, "They cannot talk. They cannot get away. . . . They're totally vulnerable. It's our huge obligation to them to take care of them."
I'm glad to be living in a time where I can actually witness the changes being made in the public's views towards animals and our treatment of them, and that as those changes are being made they garner this sort of press attention. Here's hoping that Los Angeles provides a model that will be duplicated across the country. To read the article in its entirety, click here.