May 08, 2012

#BusterLaw - Animal Rights


Nobody ever said anything when they saw the Knowles smacking his puppy, until one Sunday afternoon while sitting in my bedroom reading a book.  In the courtyard just outside my bedroom window were other entrances to apartments in the surrounding area.  In the court yard came a screaming sound of a puppy and a loud thumping each time the puppy screamed.  Looking out the bedroom window I was able to see the neighbor but could not make out what he was doing.  Witnessing him beating the puppy previously, yes shamefully enough not reporting it prior either, I was positive that was what he was doing, except, this time around it sounded worse.

Back in 1999 while living in Troy, New York, a neighbor of mine, Kelly Knowles, that was always beating his puppy.  The Knowles was attending RPI and had so much to look forward with his life, except, he screwed it up by getting angry with his puppy. 


When something upsetting happens in my presence my entire body begins to shake and my stomach seizes up.  After calling the police and running around the front of the building to meet them and let them into the court yard, it was luck that it was a female officer first at the scene and not the male that followed her.  She immediately saw the puppy's leg was broken and became upset, the male that followed just wanted to write it off but she said no his leg is broken and called animal control.

After giving the officer a blanket to cover the puppy, animal control came and brought the puppy to the veterinarian.  What was learned later on was that the Knowles became angry at the puppy for going to the bathroom on the floor while he was sleeping.  The Knowles had been out all night partying and it was two in the afternoon when he awoke.  Obviously the puppy could not hold it anymore and the Knowles then brought the puppy outside and began to throw the puppy against the wall. 

A year later the District Attorney located and asked me to answer some questions in front of a jury, which I did.  Because they were able to track me down a year later the man pled guilty, the first case tried under the Buster Law, spent some time in jail and was never able to own a puppy again.

From the Free George:
“Joel prosecuted the first ever Buster’s Law case in New York State in 2000, which led to the first person serving jail time for animal abuse under a newly enacted law. The case involved a 24-year-old graduate student at RPI named Kelly Knowles. He broke the leg of an 8-month-old puppy in a fit of anger. He plead guilty and was sentenced under Buster’s Law to six months in jail and a fine of $2,500 and 120 hours of community service at one of the local shelters. The animal was treated for his injuries and adopted by a loving family.”
Having to tell this story because whenever I reflect back on it that old shaking feeling comes back from when it happened.  The jury memebers asked me questions, such as, how did I know he was beating the dog.  Maybe it was a look on my face and had probably started shaking all over again, the same way I shook during the incident.

May 06, 2012

#how-to-catch-a-pesky-squirrel

I killed the wabbit!

In this case it was a squirrel.


A few months back I wrote this post about an annoying squirrel that had been living my ceiling, which is also the floor of the apartment bedroom. Lately this little pest was even more annoying then ever. The damage it has done is probably astronomical.

Most people will comment, that includes most of those reading this post, "awe but squirrels are so cute." When you wake up one night, to the smell of smoke, because a squirrel chewed through a wire, leaving it exposed. Next that wire catches fire, then you can talk to me about adorable. The only difference between squirrels, rats and mice are that squirrel crap is bigger.

After seeing a video like the one below, an idea came over me as to how to get rid of this pest. My son told me what the trick was to get a squirrel`s head stuck in a cup. He said it was a peanutbutter trick that he and hIs friends did all the time. You simply put some peanutbutter in the bottom of a cup and the squirrel can't resist, they love peanutbutter.

What I did was took a dixiecup and put a dab of peanutbutter in the bottom of the cup. Next, leaving the cup on my bedroom windowsill, the outside part, two things were possible to happen:

1. The squirrel would get it`s head stuck in the cup, hop around on the roof until it hopped right off into the yard. Then hopefully the stay cat that lives in the yard woud eat it so nobody had to dispose of the dead carcass .

2. The cup would roll off the roof, either from a breeze or when the squirrel knocked it over. The squirrel would hopefully jump down into the yard, get it`s head stuck in the cup, hop around and then the stray cat would pounce on it and eat it.

Well I think it worked because the cup is in the yard, torn in half, it has been peaceful all day. As for the squirrel, I have not seen or heard from it for more then twenty-four hours.

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