After several nights of less than optimal sleep, I headed from my morning job to my real job. A few minutes after settling in at my desk, I find out that we have a very disgusting story as the lead for Saturday's paper.
Someone in our area has shot and butchered a 5-month-old baby cow in a farmer's backyard. The farmer is now offering a $500 reward for any information leading to a conviction.
Unfortunately, charges would be larceny, trespassing and tampering with private property - all pretty much misdemeanors. There is no charge called "severe, cruel and stupid animal abuse" - regular animal abuse is also just a misdemeanor.
Reading the story, I almost cried when the farmer described how he found the mommy cow standing over bloody pieces of her baby.
A few minutes later, I checked the AP state wire and saw a brief about a stolen puppy that's been found. Should be happy, I thought. Wrong. I mean, the puppy was found alive, but it was stolen from a well-known humane society and found in a plastic garbage bag in a dumpster at a construction site.
What is wrong with people? I can't even begin to fathom what could make someone be so cruel.
Of course, the calf story got bumped to number 3 after some guy shot another guy outside a local motorcycle club (1) and another guy drove his pick-up truck through two telephone poles causing 2,500 residents to lose power for a few hours (2).
You know, just another day at the office.