A Letter to the Scumbags Who Let Their Puppy Starve

You’ll get away with a fine for animal cruelty, but I trust karma has other ideas.

Bev Potter
3 min readFeb 19, 2022
Photo by Joy Christian on Unsplash

Dear Pieces of Shit:

Help me to understand. Why would you pay money for a dog (you bought it from a breeder) and put pictures of it on your Facebook — several pictures — playing with your kid, laying in your lap, looking happy and healthy?

Why would you buy it a new crate and show it sleeping there, content, trusting?

And then three months later it’s a skeleton covered in its own filth being euthanized at the vet’s office where you finally took it — explain that reasoning to me, too — first telling the vet “I found it as a stray” and a minute later admitting that you’ve had it for three months but “It was fine yesterday.”

Yeah, like the vet’s going to believe that.

And then you have the nerve to post the dog’s paw cast on Facebook.


I am sick with rage. If you didn’t want the dog, or you found out it was too much work, why didn’t you just take it to the pound?

Did you offer it back to the breeder? When my ex-husband bred his police dogs, he always had an open door, no-questions-asked return policy. You don’t want your dog? We will take it back.

If it had medical problems like you keep insisting, why didn’t you take it to the vet? The fact that the animal was brought in in that condition is prima facie cruelty. No vet would have recommended that you let the animal suffer for that long.

Here’s what really happened.

(And I don’t even know this for a fact, but let’s call it an educated guess.)

You’re both drug addicts. You can’t tell just to look at you, but you are.

You went on a bender and you forgot you had a dog and you left it locked in its crate. And then you finally sobered up and thought, “Oh, shit. Maybe I should take the dog to the vet.”

Because you didn’t realize that the vet would call the cops and that animal cruelty is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a thousand dollar fine.

Not that you’ll go to jail. Jail would be too good for you anyway. I have other ideas that one doesn’t post online, but one can imagine.

The best that I can hope for by way of immediate vindication for the puppy is that you’ll be prohibited from owning another dog.

But does anybody even check up on that? Are there surprise home visits to check for toys and water bowls and other evidence of a canine occupant?

I doubt it.

You’ll go on with your fucked up lives and, yes, I know dogs and other companion animals die every day in equally horrible ways. And that’s why when humans are wiped off the face of the planet, it’ll be okay because we’re everything that’s wrong with the world.

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Bev Potter

Legal secretary by day, insomniac by night. Ally. BA, MA. Humor, pop culture, and things that make you think. My weekly-ish newsletter is bevpotter.substack.com