NAFA Declares War on Animal Abuse

August 5, 2007 - Posted at 5:37 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR-"It just is unbearable. It's unconscionable that we as a society would allow this to continue," said Wannda Turner.

Now Northeast Arkansans For Animals is declaring war on animal neglect and abuse.

"From now on we are going to prosecute to the fullest extent that I'm allowed to. There's not going to be anymore of this, just let me have the animal and we'll take care of it. It's going to be, I want you to go to jail," said Turner.

Magnum is the groups latest rescue, and the reason they are speaking out.

"Magnum lived in a back yard where people came and went everyday. There was an above ground swimming pool. There was a boat in the front yard. They could have afforded to feed him, and they didn't," said Turner.

Magnum is literally skin and bones.

"He was tied to a tree. There was no way he could fend for himself. They were slowly killing him, day by day," said Turner.

It's a trend that NAFA says has tripled since last year.

"It seems that people get an animal, and it's kind of like the X-Box. Once the newness wears off, they just stick it somewhere, and if they think about it they feed it and they water it. You can't do that with a living, breathing thing that needs you," said Turner.

Northeast Arkansans For Animals says just because you have land for an animal doesn't mean you should have one, unless you have the means to take care of it.

If you recall, three horses were rescued back in July.

They too were skin and bones and were found in a field with nothing to eat or drink.

NAFA says it's simply a respect for life, and if you can't respect it, give it to someone who will.

"Take it to a local rescue. Give it to a friend. Find somebody that's going to take better care of it than you can. You shouldn't have one if you can't take care of it," said Turner.

That's why the war on animal abuse is now a "Magnum" sized challenge.

"It's a pattern, that we have become so lazy about, thinking that's not my problem. Well, it's everybody's problem. It's Northeast Arkansas' problem. Everybody has got to stand up and say no more. We are not going to take this anymore," said Turner.

NAFA tells K8 News that they participated in 20 major animal rescues in the month of July alone.

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