85 dogs convince me to not move into Philadelphia

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This is one of the saddest stories I’ve read in a long time. How does a city allow something like this happen? 7 years of complaints, 87 dogs (including two dead), two cats, and a stench that caused even the most experienced PSPCA officers to leave the house for a break. How does this happen? One word: bureaucracy.

The story about 739 Earp St. on Philadelphia Weekly is pretty amazing. This one article convinced me that I should stay in the suburbs. The fact that these taxpayers complained to the city government, city council, the PSPCA, Licensing and Inspections – and were unable to get any of them to act until a false tip was called in, tells me all I need to know about my hometown.

One thing about living in my small town, just outside of Philly – if something is happening that I want to ask about, I can call or email my councilperson and expect a response. I don’t know how these people dealt with it for as long as they did. I would have gotten in trouble.

So for all of that, I’ll stay in the suburbs. Close enough to enjoy, but far enough away to comfortably ignore and remain blissful.

Cats and Dogs can live together – it’s the humans that fuck things up

There are people out there that simply do not have any right to live. As bad as Michael Vick’s behavior was, this is worse. In South Jersey someone tied a pit bull to his bumper (yes he, only a man would do this) sorry, I digress, he tied his pit bull to his pickup truck and dragged the dog through a South Jersey neighborhood. The dog was found on a neighbor’s porch the next morning – horribly mutilated, but alive, and treating it’s handlers better than its previous experiences with humans would demand.

More than any thing that happens in the world – it’s things like this that sadden me the most. This isn’t just violence – this is sociopathic. Of course it was also last week that Miami police arrested a man for the mutilation attacks on up to 30 cats.

It just seems that we should be putting this type of behavior behind us. In all the sci-fi movies we evolve past this kind of violence. Where’s the future where we’d be have no wars, murder would be a thing of the past, and money wouldn’t exist – ok, that one may be coming true.

Where is the future we were promised?