PROSKIW: We are not the worst animal

The shockingly brutal attack on three sleeping dogs by a coward with a machete last week has truly shown the best and worse in us all.

I admit to wishing very bad things for whoever did this; a swift, violent payback from some anonymous hero. But the better part of me says be patient and have faith in law enforcement and our judicial system.

The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “At his best man is the noblest of all animals, but separated from law and justice he is the worst.”

When the person who did this is caught, there will be a trial. And while I do not pretend our legal system is perfect, it is far more effective than mob rule.

Don’t be surprised the RCMP aren’t saying much about the case; they don’t want to compromise the investigation. But they are  just as motivated as anyone to bring the culprit to justice.

During the past week a picture and a name have been circulated online by some who claim to know who did it. There are so many disturbing elements to this story, not least of them the sickening persistence it took to deliver more than half a dozen swings of a blade to three sleeping, innocent dogs. But now is our opportunity to show that we are not the worst of all animals. Whoever did this is.

If that person is reading, know you will be far better off if you admit what you did and face your punishment like a man. It’s difficult to claim remorse when you hid the crime until the last moment. Judges don’t like cowards.

And as the noose tightens, the public needs to embrace their noble side. If you have any information relating to the case, just call the  police.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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