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Why can’t we get even the simple things right?

Libertarian author and philosopher John Stewart Mill wrote…

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.”

You would think that in the over 150 years since this obvious truth was put on paper that at least America of all nations would have learned this lesson and applied it.  But, as those with eyes willing to see have observed, common sense is not all that common.

So I now come to the incident that has me alternately enraged and ashamed.  On December 20th, 2010, 14 Contract Working dogs were in transit to their units Afghanistan.  After having been certified by a veterinarian as fit to travel, the dogs were turned over to Animal Port Houston (Indian Creek Enterprises) and Live Animal Transportation Services.  The bomb-sniffing dogs were due to fly that day but the transport firm assured the owners (American K-9 Detection Services) that in the event of a delay the animals would be boarded overnight in company kennels.

As with many travel plans these days, obstacles arose and transport was delayed until the next day – December 21st.  Agents of American K-9 Detection Services arrived at the shipping facility that next morning to inquire about the status of the dogs.

“(T)hey found the animals inside an unattended refrigerated box truck…The truck was running with the doors partly ajar.  The agents smelled a rancid odor… and when they shook the crates, the dogs inside failed to move. They found blood on the truck floor and in some crates and damage that suggested (at least) two animals had tried to escape the containers.  All the dogs were dead.”  (Houston Chronicle Online Edition, December 14, 2010)

Now understand that a lawsuit has been filed and the defendant parties have chosen to hide from their negligence behind the suits and skirts of their lawyers.  What I cannot fathom is the lack of criminal charges filed by Harris County.  Animals in the care of humans are at the mercy of their handlers.  Their dependence is absolute and therefore the culpability of the caretakers just as absolute.

Tiny, Rex, Rocky, Crock, Dork, Harrie, Stress, Sigo, Rex, Jaco, Kimbo, Kilo, Albert and Bak deserve justice.  For the useless, negligent, and cruel deaths of these noble creatures I am outraged.  For the fact that they have not yet received that justice they deserve, I am ashamed.

(My wife first found this story here on FoxNews.com.)