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Dog ran away, but is that good reason to abuse it?

To the Editor: I was on my way to work in Carlton at 6:52 a.m. on June 23, and as I was driving over the Cloquet bridge I saw a medium-sized white and tan dog running across the road. I came to a complete stop as did the van next to me. Once the ...

To the Editor:

I was on my way to work in Carlton at 6:52 a.m. on June 23, and as I was driving over the Cloquet bridge I saw a medium-sized white and tan dog running across the road. I came to a complete stop as did the van next to me. Once the dog was safe I started to go again. Just then I saw a man with a bike helmet, plaid shirt, tan pants, and grey beard running across the bridge. OK, the dog's owner found him and he'll be OK now.... WRONG! The man grabbed the dog forcibly by the collar, dragged it to the sidewalk and began to beat the poor helpless, defenseless dog. I saw all of this in my rearview mirror. He didn't just spank the dog once, he kept on hitting it. I got to the stop lights and did an illegal U turn and cut off some traffic. I got to where the man was and stopped my truck on the top of the bridge and got out. I then told that man that he should be beat like he just beat that poor dog, maybe that's why it ran off because he beats it. He told me to mind my own business and some other words that cannot be printed were said by both him and me. I also saw that when this man reached the dog, the dog cowered right away. Obviously it's not the first time he's beat the dog before. OK, the man was on a bike, either he goes for a bike ride frequently or he is staying at the campground. Either way, why wasn't this dog on a leash? Even after the dog's unfortunate beating it still was not put on a leash. I am sure I broke quite a few laws this morning. But I did not BEAT a poor defenseless animal who could not stick up for itself. If that man is a local I hope he feels like crap for what he did. I also hope this gets published one way or another and he sees this and others see it too so people know what kind of person he really is. This is wrong! Pets are supposed to be companions, a part of the family, not a punching bag. Yes, the dog took off from its owner, but to be continually beaten like what I saw this morning is totally uncalled for!

I have never stuck my nose where it doesn't belong before, but I saw this and something inside me snapped. I would have regretted not going back. I am glad I did.

Brandi Malenius

Eveleth, Minn.

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