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(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)   Iowa court: Killing dog with bat not torture. It is a helluva way to deal with the bat problem though   (democratandchronicle.com ) divider line
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2013-07-11 10:37:05 AM  
4 votes:
I got nauseous while reading TFA... Saying that "It's his dog, he can do what he wants" is (to me) the same as saying "It's his kid. If he wants to beat it to death with a baseball bat, that's his right". I don't expect anyone else to agree, that's just my personal opinion.

If you can't deal with a pet, take it to a shelter. There are so many around and puppies get adopted quickly. My suspicion is that this guy wasn't much for training, and of course an untrained puppy is going to bite, piss and shiat all over your house.

/Got my dog from a shelter.
//Was the last of his litter left because people though he looked stupid because his ears were so big.
///He grew into his ears. One of the handsomest looking dogs I've ever seen.
2013-07-11 10:25:23 AM  
4 votes:

Mirandized: I would like to point out that the puppy was a gift-- the dumb fark could have just given it to someone else who could house-train it.


He could have, but the type of person who would beat a pet dog to death over something so inconsequential is the type of person who is just generally malicious. The subtext of his actions are that he's a scumbag in general and that he probably behaves cruelly to everyone around him, not just the dog.

I would not be the least bit surprised if this guy eventually winds up in court again, next time over something he does to people.
2013-07-11 10:20:50 AM  
4 votes:
But it's wrong to hit a baby with a bat for doing the same thing but ok to hit a dog?  Why? And the "because it's a human" reason is total horseshiat.
2013-07-11 12:52:29 PM  
3 votes:
What the fark is WRONG with you sadistic mofos in this thread??? Jesus, the anonymous-kill-sucking assholism in this place is farking disgusting. Yeah, yeah, "welcome to fark", ha ha, we are bloated death-suckers, get used to it". Take your blood lust to Reddit or something. FOCK.
2013-07-11 12:43:21 PM  
3 votes:
I'm a tiny 100lb woman and I'm pretty sure that if I saw a man clubbing his dog I would have gone completely batshiat-no-mercy on him.

If you don't want to kill your dog, you really do not have to. There's breed-specific rescue groups who help foster and rehabilitate dogs with problems. There are dog behavior specialists. If really desperate, speak to your vet as they usually will help in some way.

Sorry, that dog did not deserve that.
2013-07-11 10:20:57 AM  
3 votes:

Tigger: He clarifies the thinking by explaining that it's not bad because it's the same as clubbing a seal.

"I mean, in Canada, they beat baby seals over the head and club them to death, and I don't hear anybody but the PETA people saying that's torture. It's 'harvesting fur.'"

Piece of shiat deserves to die.


Yeah, I don't think that was the best comparison to draw. Most people I know, none of which are PETA people, find clubbing seals pretty disturbing, especially if it just for fur.
2013-07-11 10:10:09 AM  
3 votes:
He clarifies the thinking by explaining that it's not bad because it's the same as clubbing a seal.

"I mean, in Canada, they beat baby seals over the head and club them to death, and I don't hear anybody but the PETA people saying that's torture. It's 'harvesting fur.'"

Piece of shiat deserves to die.
2013-07-11 12:47:34 PM  
2 votes:
Oh, yes, a puppy bites a kid who was probably being a dumbass around it because dad can't be bothered to train the dog, and the dog deserves it.

Anyone here who is ok with dog killing because you are annoyed at it for being an animal should never own one. Hell, you shouldn't have kids either.

Disgusting. How a nation treats its animals is how they treat each other.
2013-07-11 10:30:47 AM  
2 votes:
Colvin said Meerdink's case illustrates the need to change another law. He wants to broaden Iowa's definition of animal abuse - a crime that doesn't currently require depraved intent but that also doesn't apply to someone who owns the animal he or she is accused of abusing.


Face f*cking palm
2013-07-11 09:47:06 AM  
2 votes:

RembrandtQEinstein: Would it be more or less cruel to let it out at the edge of a state park and drive away? I'm going to go with less. But it isn't like getting beaten to death with a bat is worse than getting eaten by a bobcat. The guy had options, he took the dick option. But taking the dick option shouldn't be a crime.

I love animals and this guy sounds like an asshole but I reluctantly agree the court made the right call. At the same time I think there should some kind of action the state can take that would prohibit him from ever owning another animal.


From TFA:

Court records show Meerdink, 31, of Scott County killed his 7-month-old Boston terrier with a baseball bat in December 2011 after the dog repeatedly made messes on the floor and bit his girlfriend's children.

So what's the over/under on when we read an article about him using the bat on his girlfriend's kids?

Animal cruelty laws aren't in place for the welfare of animals.  They're in place to weed out the psychopaths among us.
msP
2013-07-11 05:32:14 PM  
1 vote:

RembrandtQEinstein: Would it be more or less cruel to let it out at the edge of a state park and drive away? I'm going to go with less. But it isn't like getting beaten to death with a bat is worse than getting eaten by a bobcat. The guy had options, he took the dick option. But taking the dick option shouldn't be a crime.

I love animals and this guy sounds like an asshole but I reluctantly agree the court made the right call. At the same time I think there should some kind of action the state can take that would prohibit him from ever owning another animal.


I just... I don't understand... it's not like his ONLY two option were dog gets eaten by bobcat or dog gets beaten to death my bat (which could arguably be more painful, depending on how fast that bobcat devoured him). He could have taken it to a shelter, a vet, posted on Craigslist about getting rid of it, any number of options. In this case, the "dick option" SHOULD be a crime because he had other, NON-DICK options available.

It kind of makes me sick that you can try and justify his behavior when it is so obvious he could have done so many other things instead...
2013-07-11 12:16:55 PM  
1 vote:

nitefallz: But it's wrong to hit a baby with a bat for doing the same thing but ok to hit a dog?  Why? And the "because it's a human" reason is total horseshiat.


The boy who beats his dog grows up to be the man who beats his son.
2013-07-11 11:37:02 AM  
1 vote:

nickerj1: It's completely legal to kill your own animals. While I agree he could have easily given it away, opting to kill your own animal rather than give it away is not a crime.


No, it's just reflective of a f*cked-up brain.
2013-07-11 11:17:28 AM  
1 vote:
Ruling sounds like it was made by PETA Adoption Center workers.
2013-07-11 10:58:13 AM  
1 vote:

Mirandized: I don't want to argue the pros and cons of the court's opinion, but I would like to point out that the puppy was a gift-- the dumb fark could have just given it to someone else who could house-train it.


Yes.  Why the fark was it such an issue the 'owner' just couldn't take it to the pound?  I think he should have been punished.
2013-07-11 10:56:29 AM  
1 vote:
Since I happen to live in Davenport I checked his facebook page for mutual friends... yeah he's the typical tapout shirt wearing MMA wannabe you could see beating his puppy to death with a bat.
2013-07-11 10:49:14 AM  
1 vote:
Man, I learn so much on sociopath Thursdays.

1. Lots of experts in here declaring what is more or less humane. How the fark do you know, animal whisperer?

2. Getting slowly beaten to death by your father is somehow more humane than being attacked and killed by a bear. Got it.

3.If you "try other measures to change behavior, and there's no evidence of happiness or eagerness to please",   then it's quite alright to beat the holy fark of its skull.

4. It's quite alright that this guy has or is around children. Totes.
2013-07-11 10:25:28 AM  
1 vote:

RembrandtQEinstein: Would it be more or less cruel to let it out at the edge of a state park and drive away? I'm going to go with less. But it isn't like getting beaten to death with a bat is worse than getting eaten by a bobcat. The guy had options, he took the dick option. But taking the dick option shouldn't be a crime.

I love animals and this guy sounds like an asshole but I reluctantly agree the court made the right call. At the same time I think there should some kind of action the state can take that would prohibit him from ever owning another animal.


I was outraged at first, but after reading the article, I'm just slightly angry. It seems to me a good solid whack to the head would be an instant kill and not torture. But at the same time you shouldn't be allowed to just go killing animals because you don't know how to train them. It bitting his kids? Were they farking with it while it was trying to eat or pulling it's tail? Train the kids not to fark with dogs while they are eating and train the dog to allow you to fark with it while it's eating. I had my hand in my two dogs' food since I first got them to show them I am the boss and can reach in there. If one of the dogs tries to steal food, it will get nipped, but I can stick my hand right in the bowl while the dog is eating and she will stop and patiently wait for me to remove it.

Now was the dog attacking the kids for no reason? That's different. If it was a pup that can be corrected. If it was an old dog that had gotten violent, I might be inclined to put it down. I've had to put down a very sick cat once (.22 to the head) and it sucked. I grew up with it. It really hurt me to do it, but the cat was really bad off. But to just kill an animal without a good reason should be a hefty fine at the very least and a ban on owning animals unless you can show good cause that you're not a total dick bag anymore.
2013-07-11 10:09:15 AM  
1 vote:

neversubmit: GoldDude: I would certainly like to use a bat to "not torture" the judges that came up with that ruling.  See if they maybe want to review their decision afterwards.


it wouldn't be torture.  just assault, perhaps with a deadly weapon, and depending on some other things, maybe attempted murder.  no torture though.

ruling makes sense, the prosecution didn't meet its burden of showing sadism or depraved intent.  they might have shown it if they did their homework, but they didn't.

FTA:
Sarcone said. "I think what the court is saying is you can't just show the death, you have to show more than that.":

if you have a problem with this ruling, take it up with the legislature (or blame the prosecution for failing to meet their burden).  legislature wrote the elements of the offense.  and, while the court implied this, the people who really said it was the legislature (which is the closest branch to the will of the people).  death is not enough.  if it were, every hunter, rodent exterminator, rat trapper, etc would be an animal torturer.
2013-07-11 09:57:25 AM  
1 vote:
Cujo died because of a bat
2013-07-11 09:44:57 AM  
1 vote:

RembrandtQEinstein: Would it be more or less cruel to let it out at the edge of a state park and drive away? I'm going to go with less. But it isn't like getting beaten to death with a bat is worse than getting eaten by a bobcat. The guy had options, he took the dick option. But taking the dick option shouldn't be a crime.


I don't think the only options were kill the dog and..kill the dog, could have given it away... Not sure how beating a dog to death could be anything but a crime.
2013-07-11 09:35:54 AM  
1 vote:
Those kids are having awesome childhoods, I'm guessing.
2013-07-11 09:32:44 AM  
1 vote:
I don't want to argue the pros and cons of the court's opinion, but I would like to point out that the puppy was a gift-- the dumb fark could have just given it to someone else who could house-train it.
2013-07-11 09:31:57 AM  
1 vote:

GoldDude: I would certainly like to use a bat to "not torture" the judges that came up with that ruling.  See if they maybe want to review their decision afterwards.

2013-07-11 09:29:09 AM  
1 vote:
I wish we had a bat problem here. They could rid the area of pesky bugs that ruin outdoor summer activity.
2013-07-11 09:27:52 AM  
1 vote:
I would certainly like to use a bat to "not torture" the judges that came up with that ruling.  See if they maybe want to review their decision afterwards.
 
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