Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Don't Vilify Them

Those are my neighbors.  The Sheriff deputies in Muskingum County may not be people I know, personally, but I am certain I know someone who knows them.  They are my neighbors.

Don't vilify them.

The blue dot is my family's home where my wife, four kids, and two little dogs live with me.  The purple dot is where one guy and 50+ wild animals, including carnivorous ones, lived until October 18 and 19, 2011.  Those carnivorous animals included dozens of ones capable of leaping 18 feet and killing a human being in an instant.

That the guy at the purple dot decided to take his own life and, before doing so, let loose his bounty of animals on the rest of us is not anyone but that guy's fault.

The Sheriff's deputies who took the lives of those wild animals did so for the sake of their neighbors, people like me.

All I ask.  Don't vilify them.  They did their sworn duty.  I'm grateful they did.  Thank you, neighbors.


  1. Very well put Rick. Living in a neighboring county as well, my hat is off to the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office for their handling of this volatile situation. I feel saddened that these animals had to die because of their careless owner's actions.