119 Saved by the Law
Now it was time to hunt down the callous, calculating criminals against canines and stick them with a cattle prod. I know what you’re thinking, not a severe enough punishment. How about we find the culprits and fry ‘em? Two days of tedious scanning of partial plates rewarded us with the location of the vehicle. The pickup was registered to a male who had a restraining order against him from an ex-wife and a battery conviction. There’s a shocker.
Florida has laws against intentional cruelty to an animal. The penalty carries a fine up to $10,000 and imprisonment up to five years. We were eyewitnesses, not much allowance for a not guilty plea. My friend and I were anxious to make the collar (no pun intended), but we were taking no chances. Backup was coming with us. A female with a swollen lip answered the door. She gasped when she saw us but allowed us to enter. I glanced around and saw a few dog toys on the floor and a photo of her holding Ali. Through racking sobs she admitted to the felony. Her boyfriend said he would kill the dog if she didn’t toss it out the window. Apparently he was jealous because she loved the dog more than him, go figure. She also admitted that he had kicked the dog, thus the bruised rib. As on Judge Judy, justice prevailed, both were convicted and never allowed to own a dog again.
Ali was sentenced to live the rest of her long life with this single mother and her son. At first, she would shy away from all male figures. My son was very gentle and patient with her. She made a full ruff recovery in our caring home. I was never going to abandon our Ali Wali pal.