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Old 02-05-2015, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Back at home in western Washington!
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This has been getting quite a bit of media attention in the area I live. I have read the article and cannot decide if this was a malicious act or a humane disposal. Anyone else have any thoughts?

Veteran animal control officer charged with animal cruelty | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
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Old 02-05-2015, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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What would be malicious about instantly, painlessly killing a sick animal? Sounds more like the PETA nuts getting up in arms because someone killed the animal, it's only ok for them to do it.
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Old 02-05-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Washington State. Not Seattle.
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I think that this article is leaving out a lot of the facts. According the to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are two methods of humane euthanasia for a goat: lethal injection and gunshot/captive bolt to the appropriate area on the head.

At least as for the information given in the article, and assuming he knew what he was doing as far as shot placement (he was an animal cruelty officer, after all), Mr. Barber did nothing wrong.

This is how animals are slaughtered humanely all the time.

I'm assuming that this is either another PETA-sensationalized story, or there is more to it - i.e. what exactly does "concerned about mistreatment a goat not being given necessary veterinary care" mean? Was the goat suffering for an extended period of time? Did Mr. Barber only shoot the goat because law enforcement was on to him? Why would he be charged with "animal cruelty" for firing a gun in a no-firing-zone?

This story makes no sense, so I think there must be more to it...
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Back at home in western Washington!
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That was my though also. Why aren't they charging him with a firearms charge instead of animal cruelty? They may have a hard time proving the cruelty part, if it's all based off of him shooting the goat. Will be interesting to see how this turns out or if the media keeps sensationalizing it.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:33 AM
 
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Maybe they will release a sex offender early to make room for this monster.
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