Man Charged After Dog Kills Raccoon

Seth Foster, 23, has been accused of a novel form of animal cruelty after his blue heeler cattle dog, Grizz, found and killed a raccoon in his garage.

Foster says that he found his garage in disarray and sent in Grizz, who came out with the raccoon in his mouth. Two neighborhood kids filmed the incident and allegedly egged on Grizz to “tear it apart.” Officials insisted that the raccoon should have been captured and released. They charged both kids as well as Foster.

Foster is facing a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. Blumer insisted that it was the means that pushed this case into a criminal category, noting “[b]ecause you have a license to kill a deer, doesn’t mean you can break all its legs and watch it die slowly.”

The case reminds one of the recent Oregon case where a man was charged after he released his dog on a rabbit in the park.

Source: MLive

29 thoughts on “Man Charged After Dog Kills Raccoon”

  1. Regarding the story. I think there is a big difference between a dog encountering a raccoon and the two work it out to kids encouraging the ripping apart of the captured animal. One is instinct and the other is blood lust.

  2. Rafflaw,
    “I am certaintly not a hunter, but how can you shoot an animal and claim it is a painless death?”

    RE: “Hunters may go through great pains to provide a painless death except back laws that would enforce it.”

    My sarcasm evades some people.

    People go to incredible heights to rationalize their actions. Sustenance hunters get a pass. The rest like to kill and rationalize it as appreciation of nature.

    That is like saying ” I sell cocaine to school kids to support the indigenous people in Columbia”

  3. Michaelb
    the“humane” hunters carry a pistol to end the suffering with one shot to the head.

    you can get into a lot of trouble doing that during bow only season.

    there are all kinds of hunters just as there are all kinds of people. some will track a wounded deer all day, others leave to go to a fund raiser (Mitt Romney).

    as for the kids they’re lucky that coon didn’t rip fido’s face off and then turn on them. maybe a round of rabies shots would do them good.

  4. “And I must say, the act of the hunt is about respect and a lot of other honorable things, not pleasure.”

    Hear, hear, W=c. But I would add the following caveat. “When done properly.” I know a lot of dumb rednecks who just get off on killing. There is no respect component to their actions.

    Now . . . I must go cook.

  5. ‘What Does Responsibility Mean for the Bowhunter?

    Responsibility means personal accountability; you are accountable for your actions. Because bowhunting is not a spectator sport, you manage your actions by following legal and ethical guidelines. ‘~http://www.bowhunter-ed.com/pa/course/ch3_regulations.htm
    ___________

    I don’t believe in hunting for sport but I am not anti-hunting. I am however anti-hack.
    There are still places where people actually depend on hunting for food, on that deer. I have hunted, where there where plenty of game and not at one of those sick ‘we”ll holdem while you shoot’ places.

    Michelle I’m not sure about your statement on where the aim is in bowhunting…the biggest element is distance, long distance or uncontrolled shot are big no-nos because wounding is considered pretty heinous…that is what leads to suffering. The aim is central; heart or lung so the animal is dropped and can be approached and humanely killed quickly. Responsible hunters do not let an animal suffer, never. They will track an animal for days to make sure it does not linger to death. And I must say, the act of the hunt is about respect and a lot of other honorable things, not pleasure.

  6. Here is a video of a country singer that shot a bear and let it slowly die. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDsUx4PH5Aw

    He made an egomentary to memorialize it.

    Deer and bear hunters using a bow go for the lungs. The animals drown in their own blood. Slowly.

    Hunters may go through great pains to provide a painless death except back laws that would enforce it.

  7. “Woosty made a very specific claim, that hunters break deer’s legs to watch them slowly die. That’s just absurd on it’s face.

    Um gee whiz….my only intentional ‘claim’ was that there was a lot more of what this line pointed too going on than people were probably aware of ie CRUELTY.

    The puppy story is gross and without knowing much more about the situation I would venture that the kids grew up to be responsible adults because someone held them to responsible behavior rather than ignoring the situation…fear and guilt can twist kids minds as much as getting caught up in a mob action can.

  8. MichaelB,

    Which is the same as breaking it’s legs? Woosty made a very specific claim, that hunters break deer’s legs to watch them slowly die. That’s just absurd on it’s face.

    Look, there are hunters out there with out a shred of empathy for the animal, and I probably have a much larger problem with them than you do. There’s also a lot of us out there that just want a quick clean kill and a freezer full of meat. I suspect that You-tube has quite a bit of selection bias about which sort submits videos of the kill.

    Read through an issue of Field and Stream , hunters put a great deal of effort and money into making sure that our kills are as painless and instant as possible.

  9. Youtube is full of videos of arrow hunters watching their recently shot animals drowning in their own blood. Some take twenty mins or longer. The “humane” hunters carry a pistol to end the suffering with one shot to the head. The others drink beer and whoop it up.

  10. I had some neighbor kids that set a puppy on fire, which was the most cruel activity that I had ever confronted, but they grew up to be responsible adults. Being stopped in their tracks is the right action.

  11. Too bad we don’t have the names of the kids, because I’m betting this won’t be the last time we hear about them.

    Any kid that could actualy enjoy watching an animal killed in a bloody fight, has far more problems than this incident.

  12. Disgusting. This guy is a hell of an influence on the two neighborhood kids. I hope they are young enough to learn from their mistake.

  13. Woosty,

    How exactly do you suspect people go about breaking deer’s legs just to watch them die?

    If we’re going to talk about slow painful deaths of deer, I think we can all agree that cars are the main weapon of choice.

  14. Actually, from the information in the liked article, it looks like there’s a pretty good case against Foster. And it’s not like Foster doesn’t know how to deal with a nuisance animal, his father has run a nuisance animal removal business for about 30 years. Nothing to see here, just good, clean fun, move along now….

  15. ““[b]ecause you have a license to kill a deer, doesn’t mean you can break all its legs and watch it die slowly.””

    which probably happens a lot more frequently than people care to admit…..

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