Edited by WindyCityMom - 2/13/12 at 8:11am
Really? How do you accidentially push your dog down the stairs? It's like saying you need physical evidence before reporting potential domestic/child abuse. That's how an abuser gets away with it, people are too scared to report in case they're "wrong" or it was an "accident". The laws protecting animals are a joke as it is.
Well, OP mentioned that she is "not all there" first of all. Also, not everyone believes that animals have any value or rights beyond being a chattel or that something like pushing their dog down the stairs is even a big deal.
Maybe she was joking, maybe not. If this was a kid and not a dog, would you take the chance?
The OP seems sufficiently concerned that the person she reported may not be joking, that's enough for me.
Also, just because some people don't view animal abuse as a problem, that doesn't mean it isn't a problem. This is one of those, "sure, you can have an opinion, but some opinions are wrong" situations. Animal abuse is wrong, and usually illegal, whether the abuser agrees or not.
The OP followed her instincts and her conscience and reported it. The person she reported is aware that someone reported it. If she is actually abusing the animal, she knows someone is paying attention. If not...well, there are hardly any consequences for when someone DOES get caught abusing or neglecting an animal, there are certainly no consequences here.
If you make jokes like that, people probably know you as someone who makes jokes like that. If someone decided to call and you had gotten the dog vet care and it was well cared for, there would be no consequences besides someone taking up a little of your time. It can't hurt to be sure.
Oh, I agree she should have reported it if she really believed her friend was abusing the dog.
It just seems so odd that an animal abuser would post pics of a leg in a cast and say they pushed the dog down the stairs. Bizarre, and sick even if it was an accident. I mean, who says that? Can you imagine saying that about a kid who was injured?
Also, we recently got a puppy, and she really is a ton of work; however, I don't see why anyone would keep a pet if they were going to abuse it. Why not give it to a shelter or another family? I read an article earlier about a local guy who was being charged with burning his dog's genitals as a means of torture. Yet, he housed and fed numerous other pets.
I was just going to suggest this - they'll transfer you to either animal control or your local precinct where a cop can advise you on if she's breaking the law, and if she is, you can file a report right over the phone.