Friday, October 2, 2009


Bang. Bang.

I heard the sound from my study room late last night. Maybe firecrackers. Or just some fool firing off his gun in a backyard.

But then the sounds were followed immediately by the yelp of a dog in pain.

Shots again.

I left my book on the floor, jammed on a shirt and ran outside. Slipped around the side of my house in the dark, heart pounding, trying to figure out what had just happened, without being spotted.

Saw nothing. Nothing but an old white car near the intersection in front of my house that may have had nothing to do with the situation.

Heard nothing. Nothing but a slight rustling from the darkness a house or two over by the treeline. Might have been someone walking, might have been a possum creeping along.

For the first time in my life, I called 911. Told them I thought I had heard a dog being shot.

Don't know if it was one of our trashy neighbors or some outsider, like the child-of-hell demon-spawn scumbag who once threw a dog out of his car in the street in front of our house -- a dog whom we took in and loved, sweet little thing, til the day he died.

So 911 asked me if I had seen anyone or any vehicles in the neighborhood. I told them what I remembered.

To their credit, two police cars were in the neighborhood within a few minutes. I don't know if they discovered anything. They drove up and down and then drove away.

By dawn's early light, our neighborhood appears quiet and seemingly deserted. People have hauled their recycling to the curb.

But something happened here last night. Something terrible was done.


Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Hey man, what a terrible experience. I hope you are not too shaken by it.

Eastcoastdweller said...

LGS: I was quite shaken -- I hate cruelty and hate the thought of any animal or decent person suffering. Enrages me.

And these days, you never know -- whoever did that might have no qualms about shooting a witness or firing a shot through our window as a warning.

We've had our car window shot out before, and come home to find bottles smashed all over our carport.

My Beloved wants to move.

Me, I would love to just get away from all the crap and find ten acres out in the country somewhere -- but everybody who does that just ends up dragging the mess out there with them.

Janice Thomson said...

Scary and quite disconcerting. Glad you and family are ok.

...amarpreet said...

That's terrible ECD, I truly hope that if the dog was hurt in anyway that someone was able to get it the help it needed - good for you for calling 911!