Lynnette Lolly Lijewski is blind. She and her Seeing Eye dog, Brook, took a nice walk down to their local Target Store. Which they do maybe 2 or 3 times a week. When she entered the store, a woman passed her by and gave Brook a good swift kick in the face.
Lynnette felt Brook react but she had no idea what happened until a young woman came up and said “A woman just kicked your dog!”
Lynnette and the young girl informed Target Security where they viewed the store surveillance tape, and then called the police. They found the woman nearby. It’s believed she was intoxicated, but the 46 year old woman (who has not been named) has been cited for animal cruelty.
Intoxicated or not, what kind of trash kicks a service dog – a Seeing Eye dog! Another new low for human behavior. She didn’t stumble upon the dog; she went out of her way to kick him.
In Minnesota, under the Mistreatment of Animal Statutes, it is a misdemeanor offense for interfering with a service dog. The penalties vary with the degree an animal is hurt, but if you hurt a service dog (substantial bodily harm) the penalty could be imprisonment for not more than two years or to payment of a fine of not more than $5,000, or both. To kill a service dog the penalty is imprisonment for not more than four years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
To assault a service dog is to assault the owner. It is abuse of a disabled person’s support base, and its reckless endangerment. The penalties should be stiffer. No “three strikes” allowed here. If you’re going to be that cowardly and low to attack a blind person and their Seeing Eye dog, you should be carted off to jail sans any due process of the law. That’s right; do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
Brook was not seriously hurt, although looking at the video is disturbing. That piece of trash got him good. She’ll probably just get a fine and a few days jail time which will be suspended.
I would have loved the surveillance camera showing someone else immediately booting her in the butt. From the looks of her, she’d probably disintegrate. And that would be no great loss.
Thanks Andrea, I have to say that my reaction was pretty much the same as your when I first read this yesterday. All I could think was, “What kind of a sick person would do something so low?” Luckily there was a good Samaritan and the stupid trash did not get away with it. There really are certain things in life that are just sacrosanct; babies and children, our companion and defenseless animals, the elderly and those who are in some way disabled like Lolly with her companion.