According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “cruelty” is defined as “inhuman treatment, actions that cause suffering, or an act or occurrence that causes suffering.”
Why then are two senior dogs, one of them blind, left out in frigid cold temperatures at a house in Brooklyn, New York and the ASPCA and the NYPD helpless to do anything about it? Does not the acronym ASPCA stand for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals? It is baffling that two dogs are suffering miserably and everyone knows they are suffering including the ASPCA and the NYPD. Yet, according to them their hands are tied by a state law that does not deem this kid of treatment as cruelty to animals.
According to the laws of New York State as long as the dogs have a shelter no laws are being broken. But what if the shelter provided is not adequate to sustain the life and comfort of the poor animals subjected to live in it? Then what?
The dogs and the owner in question June Wiggins live on President St. in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York.
Animal lovers and people across the nation are in an uproar since a video taken by a neighbor Evelyn Costa depicting the dogs crying and howling miserably in last weekend’s snow storm went viral
The dogs, one 14 years old and one 15 years old are both Pit Bulls. The dogs were given short lived relief after the police went to Wiggins home to investigate a complaint last Saturday night and she was ordered to bring the dogs indoors. However, by Sunday both dogs were back outside again in what could best be described as a non insulated, crude, wooden dog house that is surrounded by mounds of snow. Wiggins was warned by police she could go to jail if the dogs were left outside again.
June Wiggins, 62 years of age is easily the most hated woman in America right now for the callous, horrible treatment of her dogs, yet she refuses to bring them in. She claims she needs them for protection. But how much protection can two senior dogs, one partially blind actually be? Apparently June Wiggins is just a sadistic, mentally ill, unfeeling person who gets pleasure out of torturing animals and hearing them cry and whimper in misery.
According to a neighbor Evelyn Costa, the dogs have been abused by June Wiggins for years. One of the dogs has arthritis, is partially blind and has burns on his paws from the sidewalk salt.
While the ASPCA has gotten involved, they told the New York Daily News that the living conditions still “do not meet the definition of animal cruelty as defined by the law, making seizure by the police impossible.”
An organization called Guardians of Rescue actively stepped up to the plate to help the dogs when no one else would. They worked throughout the night on Monday to create a better, more insulated shelter for the dogs.
But many still think that it just isn’t enough. People strongly believe that this kind of animal abuse should be deemed a felony and lawmakers need to pass legislation protecting domestic animals from their negligent, abusive owners.
Someone needs to take a strong stand for these dogs and all others like them. The authorities need to stop pandering to people like June Wiggins. The dogs should have been seized from her long ago instead of suffering for over 13 years. She should never be allowed to own another dog or pet for the rest of her life or she will continue to repeat the cycle of abuse.
A petition has already been launched on CARE2 and a peaceful protest is going to be held in front of June Wiggins home at 1035 Presidents Street in Brooklyn, New York from 8pm to 6am.
It’s deplorable that two sentient beings are being left to suffer and no one in authority can do anything but stand by and watch. We live in an upside down world where abusers are protected and victims are left to suffer.
Henry Bergh would be rolling his grave if he saw the agency he worked so hard to create to help abused animals is NOT able to help two suffering, possibly dying dogs.