By Jaimi Dolmage
A man who served prison time in Buffalo, New York for setting a Jack Russell puppy on fire in 2012 has been shot in the groin and buttocks, causing animal lovers, or just plain normal people everywhere to not feel bad for him. At all.
Adell Ziegler was one of two people who chose to douse the dog in lighter fluid and light him on fire, an act that received the maximum allowable sentence of 1-year in prison for aggravated animal cruelty under the state’s Agriculture and Marketing Law. His accomplice, Diondre L. Brown, received 6-months for his part in the crime.
This story reads like a case study for the poor societal contributions people who perpetuate cruelty to animals provide. Diondre Brown was arrested not long after serving his jail term for assaulting a female college student, and now Mr. Ziegler has been involved in escalated violence as well. Though, to be fair, details haven’t been forthcoming about why someone felt a bullet needed to intimately shake hands with the man’s crotch. Did we mention we really don’t feel bad?
The positive side to all of this (aside from the mental picture of an animal abuser getting blasted in the baby maker) is the recovery of the dog Ziegler tortured. Named Phoenix, the dog sustained burns over 30 percent of his body but made a full recovery under the care of the Buffalo Small Animal Hospital and was adopted by a veterinary technician there. Phoenix, aside from getting the chance to have a loving home and a normal life, also inspired the creation of “Phoenix’s Law,” which would double the penalty for aggravated animal cruelty cases. It has passed the state Senate and awaits passage into law.
Is violence as a response to violence, or the old eye-for-an-eye, the answer? No. We don’t advocate for perpetuating more brutality in the world as a result of someone’s heinous acts. Having said that, these situations seem to create themselves. Studies have shown a very clear link between cruelty committed against animals in a person’s youth and violence against humans in their adult years.
So if that violence ends up turning on the abuser, or more specifically, their nether regions? That might just be a case of karma at her bitchiest…or most badass, depending on your perspective, of course.