“well, I think there are lower levels of hell for people like this.”
This is a horrible story, and there is no defense for the perp. At the same time, I found it disturbing a few weeks back that I was in a place where the news was on about Newtown, CT, and this young female adult who had no response to the Newtown story reacted with horror to a dog abuse story that followed it up (because it had pictures of a beaten dog).
I don’t advocate abusing them (or even owning them, unless it is a “working dog”), but it is just a dog. If someone threw the perp under a car I’d have a similar reaction...
So if I said, “Oh, well, it’s just an Irishman”, that would be acceptable?