Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pit Bull Hanged From Tree, Burned to Death

In Columbia, South Carolina, 65-year old Mariam Smith admitted to killing her nephew's female dog by hanging the pit bull on a tree with an electrical cord and then burning its body. The reason behind his gruesome act was that the dog chewed on her Bible, and she thought it was a "devil dog" that would be dangerous to the neighborhood. She is charged with felony of animal cruelty and may face from 180 days to five years in prison if convicted. Sadly, authorities found the dead dog with part of an electrical cord still around its neck. 

My thoughts: I'm not sure if the dog is the "devil" or if she is. Although there is not enough information on the temperament of the dog, I would think that measures would have been earlier by the owners or community if the dog had shown an aggressive or dangerous personality. Furthermore, she based her heinous actions on a superstitious thought-- all dogs like to chew on items that they can get a hold of or get away with, and this particular pit bull happened to chew on a religious book. If it had been any other object like a novel book or slipper, would the dog have been condemned to being hung and burned to death? 

original article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/25/miriam-smith-killed-dog-f_n_813583.html


  1. I try to keep an open mind when it comes to people's religious beliefs, but I draw the line when that leads them into cruelty towards humans or animals.

    I'd be happy to serve on the jury that hears her case.

  2. >< she is psycho!!! ><
    I hate it when people do things like this!
    People like her make me mad!!! ><
    One of my bf's dogs got hung on a tree like that once :'(
    his neighbor said the dog hung himself coz it was stupid -__- but how can it swing a huge rope over a tall tree branch and tie the rope around its neck -__-