I rarely veer off the subject of books and literature on this blog, but Toby and "Toby's Law" deserve veering off. I did not begin the petition below, but I couldn't support it more.
Toby was a beautiful, playful, trusting five-month old puppy. The three "kids" who tortured and murdered him lured him away from his home and needed to be punished as adults. The prosecutor, who didn't even try for more than a slap on the wrist, let down, not only Toby and Toby's family, but everyone. Most serial killers began as animal torturers. Toby's life had meaning. Please make his tortured death have meaning, too. This wonderful, darling little dog was a much, much better being than most humans I know.
To all of you who have signed the petition, thank you! To those of you who expressed the same outrage I feel over the senseless and brutal death of a tiny, helpless dog, know that you are special and that you have done something both caring and courageous, something many Americans are too apathetic to do. You will be blessed and together, we will make "Toby's Law" a reality.
An Indian legend says: "When a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into Heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during his/her lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge...and which are turned away." If you're reading this, know that today, you have encountered Toby.