On March 2, there was an article in the Missoulian about a Victor man being charged with “cruelty to animals” for shooting two dogs he thought were chasing deer through his yard. Did they consider the ramifications of charging a person with cruelty to animals for shooting an animal? The anti-hunting, anti-gun, PETA-type groups will have a field day with this if he is found guilty.
If a clean kill is made, there is no cruelty involved with shooting an animal. Many people use a bullet to humanely euthanize animals. Are they going to be charged with cruelty to animals? Are all hunters who wound animals now going to be charged with cruelty to animals? Shouldn’t the mountain lion hunter, who shot the female mountain lion, possibly causing her yearling kitten to slowly starve, also be charged with cruelty to animals?
Obviously, the person who shot the dogs should have been charged with destruction of private property, not cruelty to animals. Some thought should have gone into this, prior to charges being filed. Hopefully, the NRA will have something to say about this, for the sake of gun owners and hunters.
Judy Hoy, Stevensville