Friday, February 27, 2009

Dogfighting. Willingboro, New Jersey. Man Jailed.

In case you haven't heard, truck driver Kevin McCaskill (37) of Willingboro, NJ was sentenced to three years in the state prison for dogfighting. He lives on Tower Lane where local police found paraphernalia consistent with dogfighting, items he claimed he used as a breeder. A breeder? Well, the dogs in his possession appeared to be in bad shape which was the very issue that led his neighbors to call the authorities. Five emaciated and injured pit bulls were found in outside pens in his yard plus blood-stained carpet and fighting ring boards were discovered in the basement. Stephen Eife, an assistant Burlington County prosecutor stated that equipment such as treadmills, collars, ropes and sticks were found inside the home in March 2007.

Sy Goldberg, deputy superintendent of the state Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, asked "Neighbors and public utility workers should take notice if they see four or five pit bull dogs in a yard and should contact us or the local animal control officer."

Citizens can call the state SPCA at (800) 582-5979.

We'll take what we can get because this guy could be out in 18 months. But there is more, McCaskill was assessed more than $17,000 in restitution and fines in both civil and criminal cases involving cruelty to animals and for illegal possession of drugs and a BB gun. He has reportedly paid the amount.

Once again. it was the civic action of neighbors that put an end to animal cruelty. We truly should look upon calling the police as an opportunity to do our part against animal cruelty. Heck, I am ready to call.


Anonymous said...

White men in particular kill animals on a daily basis. Many of these animals kids are extremely fond of. And what happens to them? Nothing. Its called game. As a matter of fact they kill Bears, Whales, Deer, Lions the list goes on. As far as dog fighting is concerned if you pick up any dog fighting book in barnes and nobles you will see nothing but white men who started this man made breed to do battle with one another. But for some odd reason now dog fighting is looked at as cruelty to animals when it started out many years ago as a sport for many white men. Here we are in 2009 and its being portrayed as a hideous sport that blacks are promoting in inner cities. Boy i tell you when you can turn on the tv and see animals being shot on one channel and men beating the shit out of each other on another and then you look on the internet and see a man being taken from his family for possibly three years for this ....this is a crazy fucked up world we live in. People need to pay attention to their kids and families more instead of looking for pitbulls in other peoples yards you think.

Chessbuff said...

Thank you for commenting. You are, of course, entitled to your own opinion but I don't see this man's case as a matter of race. I suspect that animal cruelty existed as soon as the first humanoid walk this Earth. Here, I will report on all sorts animal abusers. In fact, I have blogged on two asian men in Hawaii (dogmeat), a hispanic couple in Florida (animal neglect), an african-american (dogfighting), and " white men " such a vet who heartsticked animals who were under his care(?). I don't make racial distinctions among animal abusers; they are all scum to me.

As for focusing on animal cruelty when there are worse things in the world, I believe that they are not mutually exclusive of each other. Let's be grateful that there are groups and individuals who focus on child welfare, the peaceful alternatives to war, and human hunger. Work on animal welfare should not stop because there are---in some people's value system---more pressing matters.

And, yes, we live in a messed up world but there is also a lot of good in it.