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Nothing should be subjected to cruelty

Published 5:42pm Friday, August 16, 2013

I have reported on all sorts of stories.
Some of them have been uplifting, the sort of tales that leave you with a case of the warm fuzzies. Some have been just plain bizarre and have been memorable due to their sheer novelty.
And others stick with you for all the wrong reasons. These are the stories that show the ugly side of humanity, unimaginable acts that bear no signs that those involved knew the difference between right and wrong.
I will never forget the first story that left me with a sick feeling in my stomach. A woman gave birth inside her home. She did not tell her family or friends, and had somehow been able to keep the fact she was pregnant secret as well.
A few days later, the Department of Human Resources was given a tip that something might be amiss at this woman’s house. Police got involved. In a closet inside the home, police found the newborn dead.
The details of the story – including the ones I couldn’t in good conscience print – ran through my mind for weeks, bouncing around on sleepless nights.
But there was some sense of closure on the story, a clear villain, if you will, and justice eventually was served.
The tale I recently wrote, however, has yet to come to an end. Sometime during the early morning hours, some individuals made an uninvited visit to the farm of Bill Schuler. They grabbed cart whips from his barn and made their way to a small paddock in the back. They trapped a colt in a small area by rearranging a modular corral. Then they tied the horse’s leg to a fence and proceeded whipping the animal. The horse’s natural instinct to try to escape the torture burned the rope across his flesh as he kicked and struggled.
There has been a reward put out for anyone who can help bring this case to a conclusion.
As a community, we should make every effort possible to not tolerate this. It’s not a matter of being a snitch or a tattletale – it is a matter of defending our sense of right and wrong.
I don’t care whether it is a champion Clydesdale colt or a mixed-breed pup adopted from the local shelter, no living creature should ever be subjected to this sort of treatment.
The number for the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department is 256-825-4264, and Clay County Sheriff’s Department can be reached at 256-354-2176.
If anyone knows the people responsible for this, please pass along any information you can.
Reward or not, it is just the right thing to do.
Nelson is news editor of The Outlook.