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  • You city folk are funny. What would you have done if this animal showed up in your backyard?

    July 21, 2011 at 1 p.m.
  • Good shot kid!!!

    July 21, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.
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    July 21, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.
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    July 21, 2011 at 8:02 a.m.
  • Some of you animal lovers need to check the hiways. There are probably 500 raccoons, armadillos, possums, skunks, deer, coyotes, buzzards, snakes, and God only knows what others killed every single day on our roads in Texas alone.

    Iwill admit it would have been kind of neat to look at 10 million buffalo roaming our prairies. Now a herd of 200 is pretty hard to find.

    I certainly won't miss one mangy diseased looking dog. Good job this time kid!!! Here's hoping a large flock of whooping cranes land in your range. You could single handedly save our State millions of dollars every year.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:36 a.m.
  • mycatsnuffy wrote: I agree with sugar and born. Such a sad thing for an animal to lose it's life because a child (yes, a CHILD, at age 13) decided that it would be more fun to kill it than learn from it.

    Go ahead and learn from it. Make something like that your pet and let me know how it goes.

    I agree with a couple of other bloggers, regardless of what it is, it was put out of its misery.

    July 20, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
  • TxBohemian wrote: “But what if this is a new breed that evolved recently? If we all had this kind of mentality we'd still be living in caves!!”
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    If we couldn’t detect the presence of mange (it’s NOT rocket science) and recognize what is obviously a suffering animal, then we’d DESERVE to still be living in caves.

    Lab testing has previously confirmed that these are indeed wild canines with mange – as simple as that. During the past several years, reported incidents of mange in coyotes and foxes have become more prominent, and the results – as one can clearly see in this or any of the other photos on the subject – are devastating.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
  • Ok, which story are ya'll reading?? Maybe I missed it but where does it say this animal has mange??

    Or is this conclusion coming from this grainy picture?

    I somewhat agree with MissCat, who I'm sure has a soft spot for animals, that if this is a dog/coyote with mange something needed to be done. Not sure killing is the answer though.
    But what if this is a new breed that evolved recently? We shoot it because it's different and/or ugly in our eyes?
    If we all had this kind of mentality we'd still be living in caves!!

    July 20, 2011 at 8:17 a.m.
  • The name isn't important, the message is. I don't think it was a cheap shot. All of us, no matter what our age, can learn lessons from other people's point of views. It's up to the individuals if they accept those lessons or not.

    July 19, 2011 at 10:36 p.m.
  • born2Bme-

    My reading comprehension is anything but lacking. The bottom line is THIS: a suffering animal was given relief, no matter what emotional spin you try and put on it.

    By the way, were you among those who stood boldly -- hiding behind computer anonymity -- and took cheap shots at a 13-year-old child? As an aside, thank you, Advocate, for removing such unnecessary attacks.

    July 19, 2011 at 9:14 p.m.
  • Bobby, your reading comprehension is sorely lacking. The point we were all trying to make is that the young boy shot it solely because he thought it was a chupacabra, not because he thought it was a mangy animal. "Intent"

    "But that's exactly what he saw and shot: a chupacabra - well, at least in his eyes. "I've seen pictures before," Carter said, an "excited pitch in his voice". "This is what it looked like."

    July 19, 2011 at 8:52 p.m.
  • Mycatsnuffy wrote: “I agree with sugar and born. Such a sad thing for an animal to lose it's life because a child (yes, a CHILD, at age 13) decided that it would be more fun to kill it than learn from “ 

    Perhaps YOU and some of the other posters could learn a thing or two here, like what MANGE does to an animal. Have you ever seen an emaciated animal covered in sores and driven literally insane by the presence and continual itching of mange? In latter stages, the animal can’t rest, stays on the move constantly and literally runs itself to death out of sheer frustration.

    From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources: “Sarcoptic mange is a serious disease in many animals. Severe infections result in drastic changes in the skin and evidence of ill health in the host. The disease seems particularly pathologic to foxes, especially in pups in the summer. The hair becomes sparse, the skin inflamed and irritated. Tissue serum and pus resulting from bacterial infection in the damaged skin combine to form a thick, odorous crust over the affected areas. Skin changes around the eyes, ears and mouth may cause blindness, impaired hearing and difficulty in eating. The disease is often fatal…”
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    But, mycatsnuffy, if you are truly serious about your statement, how’s this: I’ll put out a few soft-jawed #3 coilsprings and catch and provide a mange-infested coyote. Arrangements can be made through the state and whatever institution or agency agrees to facilitate your project. And as long as you provide all of the coyote’s necessary medical treatment and cover all of the expenses, that “learning” process you mention can become a reality for anyone interested. 

    Otherwise, I’ll shoot every mange-infested coyote I see and end the suffering – not to mention taking out a link in the spread of the disease. You know, you were on the right track when you said there is something “sad” here, but it’s actually how bleeding hearts think with emotion instead of utilizing logic and common sense to analyze simple situations. 

    As to the teenager who shot the coyote, someone please pass him another box of ammo.

    July 19, 2011 at 7:51 p.m.
  • I agree with sugar and born. Such a sad thing for an animal to lose it's life because a child (yes, a CHILD, at age 13) decided that it would be more fun to kill it than learn from it.

    July 19, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.
  • It all goes back to intent. He was shooting a chupacabra, not a mangy, itchy, poor animal that needed to be put out of it's misery.
    We do have to make allowances for age though.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.
  • Look at that poor thing in the picture. Mange is caused by mites... itching, biting, oozing. That can't be comfortable. So, unless you are going to take the animal to the vet for treatment, the most human thing is to put it down. Just my opinion.

    July 19, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.
  • They should have tried to trap it so we could learn more of there behavior. Already have a dead one. We have know idea on how this animal lives and if it had babies. Need to teach to respect for all things on this planet. Trophy shooting is not cool.

    July 19, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.
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    July 19, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
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    July 19, 2011 at 10:12 a.m.
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    July 19, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
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    July 19, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.
  • So...
    Misscat how do we know this thing is "mangy"? or "can't be comfortable"?
    There are hairless cats out there that look the same and people love them!! Not me, I think they are ugly but I wouldn't just shoot it because I think it's ugly!!

    And LadyTexan what makes you think it "needed to be put down"?
    Maybe this thing saw you once and thought "wow, whatever that is, it needs to be put down". But probably had more love for life.

    I'm with Sugar and born on this one.

    July 19, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
  • wow how can someone shoot a dog like that that poor thing was prolly looking for food for her pups now they might starve to death why kill it if it was'nt bothering you dog killer no praise from me i'm an animal lover if i would see something like that i would give it food or water rememember there is no such thing as a chupacabra

    July 19, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
  • whatever it is, it needed to be put down.

    July 19, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
  • Please don’t start this non-sense again. The Hispanic Chupacabra joke had wings and originally flew out of the Caribbean. That last lady who kept that mangy canine head in her freezer really made the area look like, well rural Texas.
    Just throw a party, take more pictures, drink plenty beer and make chalupacabras out of this unfortunate coyote. There's no good reason to shoot what you dont't eat.

    July 19, 2011 at 9:07 a.m.
  • If that animal is mangy all over, it can't be comfortable. I know he did not kill it for mercy but that is exactly what it was. And, if it is some mutated animal, it should be weeded out before it continues to produce.

    July 19, 2011 at 8:43 a.m.
  • I was thinking the same thing, SM

    The thing may not be pretty, but it was a living thing and didn't deserve to be shot just because it looked a little different than it should have.

    July 19, 2011 at 8:35 a.m.
  • And it was shot....why???

    Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD. And certainly doesn't make it right.

    July 19, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.