Despite an extensive professional background in mental health, including an undergrad degree in psychology and more than 20 years of work experience in the field, people still never fail to amaze me. Yes, I understand WHY people do the things they do… I just don’t get that they actually DO those things.
Case in point is the following article from our local newspaper:
Auburn man accused of burning dog
Sun Journal Staff Mark LaFlamme, Staff Writer
Lewiston-Auburn | Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm
AUBURN — A local man was in jail Thursday, accused of assaulting his girlfriend and burning a dog with a cigarette.
Robert Roy Rogers, 29, of 17 James St., is charged with domestic assault, obstructing the report of a crime and criminal cruelty to animals.
Police were investigating a reported assault on Rogers’ girlfriend when they learned of the earlier incident with the dog, investigators said.
It happened Sept. 4, when Rogers allegedly pressed the burning tip of a cigarette to the belly of the dog, a pit bull mix. Police said the dog is owned by Rogers and his girlfriend.
“Apparently, he was angry because the dog seemed to like her better,” Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout said. “He wanted the dog to listen to him, so he burned it with a cigarette. I think it’s safe to assume it was very painful for the dog.”
Police learned of that incident while they were speaking with Rogers’ girlfriend, who was seeking a protection order. Strout said she provided police with a photo of the dog’s wound.
After viewing the photo and speaking with the girlfriend, Strout went to the Androscoggin County Jail to give Rogers, who was being held on the assault charge, a summons to court.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, police went to 17 James St. after receiving a report that a couple was fighting inside an apartment. Police said Rogers’ girlfriend had red marks around her neck, left there when Rogers allegedly slapped her, shoved her against a wall and pinned her there by pressing his arm to her neck.
According to a court affidavit, Rogers snatched a phone from his girlfriend’s hand as she tried to call for help. Police charged Rogers, who has remained jailed since.
The dog remains with Rogers’ girlfriend, Strout said. He said the burn on the animal’s stomach will eventually heal. Using a burning cigarette to train a dog, he said, “is really not an acceptable form of corrective behavior.”
Okay, so I understand that the guy has poor ego strength and rock bottom self-esteem which couple to create control issues, and that he probably has a family of origin in which beatings for “not showing respect” may have been the norm, or perhaps he’s one of the 1% of the population with anti-social personality disorder, or perhaps he’s dealing with any number of other issues…. but seriously, dude.
Do you really think that burning the dog is going to make it love you more? Or did you perhaps think the girlfriend would be so impressed and awed by your machismo that she’d give up her magical powers over the dog, so that he would come to you instead? And in any event, I don’t give a damn what your excuse is… if you would do this to a poor dog – and obviously you’ll pound on your girlfriend – you don’t have the internal controls to prevent yourself from beating on a child.
Get some serious help now, before you end up in jail as some bigger, badder-ass dude’s playmate. Because guys who hurt dogs and kids do not do well in prison.