An Open Letter To a Future Resident of Huntsville

Dear Sir or Madam,

You must be relishing your accomplishment Tuesday — setting a puppy on fire in the middle of South Corinth in Oak Cliff. It took no brains, no guts, no talent to strike the match that created an excruciating death. When you saw the creature screaming in pain and running in confusion, did you get some kind of thrill? What will it take next time? The vile abuse of a child? The rape of a woman? Your kind always needs to ramp up the level to get a greater thrill. You start with the most helpless and move up the ladder because it’s the only thing that you can do successfully — hurt others for your own failings.

But there is an end in sight. You see, our society doesn’t cotton your kind. You’ll make a mistake. There will be a witness or a victim who will be able to identify you. There will be a judicial system that will eventually stop you. And then there will be the community of residents confined in Huntsville, who will provide a type of payback that “civilized folk” secretly wish to give you but are prohibited by the laws of the state. The residents of Huntsville have their own form of justice for your type and will execute it accordingly.

So, you’re big stuff today, knowing that you got away with torturing a small, helpless creature. But you might start thinking about the phrase, “Payback is a . . .”


Jeanne Prejean


  • mm

    I’m hoping for a pit-bull mauling, sparing taxpayer expense of the inevitable stay in Huntsville.

  • Oh Snap

    Thanks, Jeanne. And if this vile human being is found, I ask to be left in a room with him for 10 minutes. He will never do anything like that again.

  • Disgusting, Dreadful. reminds me of the people that were literally tearing cats apart limb by limb near the disney streets last year. Do things like this happen more frequently in the summer for a reason?

    So…which mid-level Dallas political figure comes out and says that this was the dog’s fault?

  • Rawlins Gilliland

    It’s easy to hate a person who would do something so monstrous and so I instantly do. But if anyone reads about the path of serial killers and violent crimes-against-human psychopaths, a running thread is that they inevitable began their sociopathic slide by torturing and then killing animals. Name ‘em all; the BTK killer, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, on and on. They tell the same story. You want the scum, look for the sludge.

    My personal belief is that those who willingly harm, neglect or otherwise victimize the elderly, children & animals…none of which are capable of defending themselves or surviving without the help of decent responsible people, are degenerate monsters whose impotence as a person is glaring. As when another dog a few years back was set afire & died a tortured death, named by the Operation Kindness angles, perhaps the poor dog I’m naming ‘Sugar’ will do more than raise eyebrows by opening our eyes to the increasing violence and harm being heaped upon helpless animals…particularly dogs & cats…throughout this great country.

    Regarding the crisis plight of unwanted/homeless/abused animals: We can solve this ‘problem’ while we are helpless elsewhere. Spay/neuter, registering to own animals, restrictions on breeding …especially puppy mills…, better adoption procedures, funding for animal rescue, education, hotlines. It’s a big dream but one that could come true if we only 1) recognize the problem where 10 million animals are killed (’euthanized’) annually in American ‘shelters’ while millions more die abandoned. Or on fire like Sugar. We’re better than this and I am ready for us to prove it.

  • This is Texas……

    Animals have very little value in this state as far as punishment for those who get caught doing such things. It’s a bubba mentality. Horses left in fields to starve, and then promptly given back to the owners, etc…… I could go on and on.

  • Bethany Anderson

    Having just lost a dog I actually wanted to live, this story just made me ill.

    Seriously. If you don’t want the animal, there is always someone who is willing to take it off your hands. It’s usually Rawlins, but still, there’s always somebody.

  • Daniel

    This may be Texas, but I’m sure the courts would order some kind of intervention in the form of mandatory therapy or something. This incident is rather more than a case of callous neglect.

  • I think everyone has figured out that I love animals. But this act goes beyond the cruelty to animals issue. We have someone on the streets who is a danger to the vulnerable — children, women, the elderly or even men. If this person is not stopped, the acts will escalate.
    So please do not dismiss this small item on page two of the Morning News’ Metro Section as just a disgusting incident. It is a sign of a predator among us who needs to be stopped whatever his/her motivation.

  • HK

    I have avoided reading about the incident as the headlines alone make my stomach turn. F’ing lowlifes. Vile. Disgusting. Blech.

  • I wonder why we don’t put these horrible people in a cage with some pit bulls that have been trained to attack. So sad.

  • Lori

    This makes me sick because animals cannot speak up for themselves. I read on where a woman in Houston started a group that helps dogs abandoned in an area called “the corridor of cruelty”. Many of these animals are the victims of dog fighting (I cannot wrap my head around this horrible blood sport). In the last 2 years she has rescued 180 dogs from there. There are many rescue groups out there. If I go into Petsmart on any given day there is a group with a collection of dogs and cats for adoption. I hope someone who reads this article will go find a forever friend at their nearest shelter.

  • Bill Marvel

    And your wish marks you as humane because….

  • Brad

    I don’t want to diminish the cruelty of this act because it is absolutely atrocious and vile, but, as someone noted earlier, animals as a whole hold very little value in our society.

    My 2 rescued pups sleep in my bed and are treated better than half of the children of the world (for better or worse). I love animals – all of them. I hope that some good comes from acts like this – like encouraging others to think about rescue operations, etc (as evidenced by the comments above).

    And while headlines and stories like this draw anger and contempt out of everyone (also, as evidenced by the comments above), there are equally heinous acts committed (legally) each day in the US.

    We often scald pigs alive to remove their bristly hairs. We cut the beaks off of farmed chickens with a hot blade. We castrate calves without anesthesia. We throw baby chicks (just the males) in the garbage and leave them to suffocate/ starve and/or throw them alive into a giant grinder. And so on and so on.

    As Rawlins mentioned, there are MILLIONS of dogs & cats euthanized in the US each year (I think the count is closer to 5 MILLION than 10, but still). Of course, each year 9 BILLION (with a B) animals are killed for food in the US.

    So, while I oppose lighting animals on fire and running them over, I also oppose abusing animals for food. Just food (veggies, to be exact) for thought….

  • UC


    You went too far with that post. Sorry, but you can have my bacon when you pry it from my cold, greasy, slightly pudgy, dead hands.

  • Kristina

    Thanks Jeanne, for enlightening your readers to this horrific act. As a lot of us already know, this type of cruelty goes on all the time and is rarely punished. I am refraining from publically saying what I would like to do to the person responsible.
    And, yes, Brad is absolutely correct in that unspeakable cruelty occurs billions of times a year (legally) in the world of factory farming and yet very few seem to care. Why is that? Ignorance is not bliss for those animals.

  • Reasonable

    Rawlins – thank you for your sensible response to this terrible news. Last week, I tried in vain to get Dallas Animal Services to remove two dogs from a tiny, filthy, uncovered, third floor balcony at a worn down condominium complex on Melody Lane in east Dallas. The neighbors reported that one dog had already died there from exposure to the heat this summer. The condo manager did go to check on it and confirmed that there was no water or food for these suffering animals left 24/7 in a space where they could barely move around – in heat that would eventually bake them to death as it had the other dog.

    They were finally removed by their owner – no thanks to Dallas Animal Services – and may now be in a situation where they are being fought or perhaps have been dumped in the country or at the Trinity River bottoms, which is the final resting place for so many dumped dogs. Once they eventually die from starvation and disease, their bodies rot with the rest of the trash. The neighbor reported that she knew these two dogs were gone the day that she did not hear them “crying all day long – like they always did.”

    Bethany – it is a fallacy to think that there is always someone to take an animal. I desperately wish it were so but the hearbreaking truth is that hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are killed in North Texas every year – because no one wants them or has room to take them and care for them. There are far, far too many – the companion animal overpopulation problem is hideous and out of control. Still, puppy mills thrive and are popping up all over Texas and backyard breeders sell their (nontaxable) “products” in the newspaper and at places like Canton and Wal-Mart parking lots.

    The issue is huge – it is horrible – we are surrounded by monsters like the person that set an innocent puppy on fire and watched it scream. Please contact your politicians – the Mayor and Dallas City Secretary as well as those who will represent you in Austin in the upcoming Legislative session beginning in January – and demand change for the helpless animals.