That’s what one mother basically told Animal Care and Control in Brooklyn, New York according to the article Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Child Skips Homework, Mother Turns His Dog Over to Kill Shelter when she turned in the family dog to the kill shelter already over run with dogs just like her. A beautiful Red dog with eyes that make you melt. The dog was a gift to her son and her son has not be completing his school work. The woman decided that as punishment the dog had to go and without a second thought delivered her to a kill shelter so strife with issues in the past year including the firing of the only person who cared enough about the dogs in their care to try and get them more attention by taking friendly pictures of them.
Now I get that the mother wants her son to do his homework. I agree school is very important and a child needs to learn in order to succeed in life but how is throwing out the family dog the way to go about making that happen? Ground the child take away phone privileges, or tv time, or make him do extra chores in order to learn responsibility. But no this mother decided those consequences weren’t enough and the dog simply had to go. Not to a breed rescue, or a place that would do anything possible to find Jewel a new home but to the most convenient place without caring what that meant for the dog. Jewel is currently listed on the urgent list at ACC in Brooklyn which means her time there is very short.
Now I would understand a parent making the decision that they had to find a new home for a dog if their child became violent in the home or was beating up kids at school and the family was worried for the dog (or cat or any other pet’s) safety. But all kids rebel against school once in a while and killing the dog or doing something which in effect could lead to the dogs death over missed homework is just unbelievable to me.I honestly don’t see how this is going to make things better and the child more obedient and willing to do his homework. If the child was truly attached to his dog the only way I see this going is very badly with the child becoming angry and mad and acting out in all sorts of ways for many years to come.
How do you think the child reacted to finding out the dog was gone? Do you think it will help with the problem of not wanting to do school work? Do you think there are consequences to this mother’s actions that will have repercussions for years to come?