Shocking NewsPosted by Dana Campbell, ALDF Attorney on July 13, 2009
A recent news story caught my eye and I haven’t been able to stop considering its implications. Here’s the story: A man in Salem, Oregon was arrested and charged with four counts First Degree Criminal Mistreatment for “putting an electric dog collar on each of his four children and shocking them,” according to the Salem Statesman Journal newspaper. The paper claimed the father told police that he would chase the 3-year-old boy around with the collar, making him cry at the thought of being shocked, and that because of the boy’s reaction, it was likely the children were shocked more than once. The children ranged in age from 3 to 9 and have been removed to their mother’s custody. The case is still pending.
You know where I’m going with this, right? If it’s so outrageous and incomprehensible that a man would put a shock collar on his children and later use it to taunt them