July 30th, 2010

Friday Four Cents: Dog Day Afternoon

I don’t know why, but I have more sensitivity to animal cruelty than I do to any horrors that humans face. I’m the guy who ran out of Dances with Wolves crying because I thought they shot the wolf. Of course, I’m also the guy whose parents continued to watch the movie while their son sobbed in the lobby of the movie theater. That didn’t affect me at all, or at least that’s what I tell my therapist.

Naturally, when I came across this story, it sent shivers down my spine and I knew immediately that it was something that we should feature on The Loop Scoop. I’m warning you now that this is not a feel good story,

Apparently there is a part of Houston, an area is along 59 and Little York which is known to some as the “Corridor of Cruelty,” where severely abused and malnourished dogs are abandoned. As sick and disturbing as this is, there is a woman who is doing something about it.

Deborah Hoffman is not just a hometown hero, she’s a brilliant example of what human beings should be. I can’t applaud her efforts enough and I can’t encourage our loyal readers to do their part in helping such a great cause. The Corridor Rescue website has a list of volunteer opportunities if you can donate your time. if you would prefer to donate money or supplies there is a list of needs also. Any additional inquiries can be directed to the Corridor Rescue through their website.

The transformation that the Corridor Rescue is able to provide in these dogs is a testament to all of their love and effort. Looking at the before and after pictures is like looking at a Hair Club for Men participant, it’s almost too hard to believe that the animals are one and the same. It is just sickening that there needs to be a charity like this in the fourth largest city in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. We claim to live in a civilized country, but the treatment that these animals are submitted to is not only pathetic, it’s inhumane. I think that you judge a society, not by how they treat their equals, but how they treat the people or animals below their stature. Granted not everyone beat and abandon dogs, but the fact that this is prevalent enough that there is a stretch of road known as the “Corridor of Cruelty” is absolutely disgusting and shows just how primitive of a society we are.

Again, I can’t urge you enough to do what you can to help Deborah and the Corridor Rescue in their efforts to nurse the neglected canines back to health. We might not be able to stop the animals from abusing these dogs, but we can do our part to rectify the situation. Deborah started this organization by herself and has grown it into what it is today. All you have to do is help. An ancient Chinese proverb that is featured on their website pobably sums it up best: “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” If you are interested in helping them with their mission, find out how to volunteer here http://www.corridorrescue.org/volunteer.htm

— Marc


Linda Mauro — Saturday, August 7, 2010 5:28 pm

The American Humane association advocates against cruelty to animals and children. I agree with you and Martin Luther King, as a society we will be judged by how we treat the vulnerable. You are right on!

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