US woman hangs, burns 'devil dog'

2011-01-25 12:03

Columbia - Authorities have charged a US woman with felony animal cruelty, saying she hanged her nephew's pit bull from a tree with an electrical cord and burned its body because the dog chewed on her Bible.

Animal control officers said on Monday that 65-year-old Miriam Smith told them she killed a female dog named Diamond because it was a "devil dog" and she worried it could harm neighbourhood children. Authorities said bond wasn't immediately set for Smith, who remains jailed in Spartanburg County after her weekend arrest.

Officials said she didn't have an attorney yet.

She faces 180 days to five years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say the remains of the dog were found under a pile of grass with part of an electrical cord around its neck.

  • Picasso - 2011-01-25 12:27

    They must hang her, bloody biatch! I can never understand these bible freaks. As Gandhi said: "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

      Annie - 2011-01-25 12:31

      I agree with you 100%!!! Hang her and set her alight, what is going on in her head and wher does she come from!?

      Margaret2 - 2011-01-25 12:59

      The article said nothing about her being a Christian. Many non-Christians have Bibles.

      robertgunning - 2011-01-25 13:09

      Awesome quotation. Hadn't heard that before.

      Ateis - 2011-01-25 13:10

      Why Margaret2 To use it as a doorstop?

      Sue - 2011-01-25 13:16

      Agree 100%. Disgusting and they call themselves christians! More than likely devils themselves.

      Kyle_logan - 2011-01-25 13:20

      @Margaret2 it's called deduction... see she has a bible and she thought the dog was a devil dog, and yes there are people out there who arnt christian but it's very safe to assume she is christian. Personally I think the dog was trying to save them from their stupid religion, dog should be praised as a martyr

      Epicurius - 2011-01-25 13:24

      @ Margaret2 - yes, you have a point, it's cheaper than a crate of Rizlas

      Introspector - 2011-01-25 13:37

      This article has zero to do with Christianity and everything to do with a disturbed person. Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, his fellow Hindu. Safe to say that they didn't get along too well in the end either.

      Allain - 2011-01-25 15:19

      Why do you hate christians this much, This woman killed an animal not a human being; why do christians's belief is always a question and concern for you, If a book of some other religion is burned or threatened to be distroy,the whole entire world will know about that. What this woman did is not right, but that is no reason to lash on CHRISTIANITY; everyone of us believe in something and let us all respect that.

      Kyle_logan - 2011-01-25 15:43

      @Allain - we blame a christian becuase it's 90% chance it was a christian that did it, if it was a jewish or muslim person I'd blame them. As to your attitude that it was an animal not a human, humans are animals... besides christian religion is eye for an eye...hang her and burn her!

  • John - 2011-01-25 12:39

    I want vomit when I read this story. That woman deserves more than just a simple jail sentence. BURH HER ALIVE!

      Jou-Ma - 2011-01-25 13:04


      Homo-Sapien - 2011-01-25 14:45

      you can have my vomit John

  • Revive - 2011-01-25 13:10

    WTF is it with these people? Sheesh! - 2011-01-25 13:22

      Agreed. None of these responses have been very civilised... If the woman is found guilty, then she should serve the proper penalty, as has been outlined in the article... Calling for her to be alive is to my mind an even more severe crime than what hers was. - 2011-01-25 13:23

      Sorry, my last sentence should have been "Calling for her to be _burned_ alive is..." Apologies for typo.

      sabrael - 2011-01-25 14:02

      So burning her alive would be a worse crime than what she did? BS. She strangled the dog and burnt its body, not exactly mild behavior. And who are you to decide she's worth more than the dog? The minute we stop thinking of ourselves as superior creatures, events like this will stop happening.

  • maxanansi - 2011-01-25 13:19

    In an attempt to be a voice of reason, which I am certain will be slammed from all sides, I would like to say: I, a Christian, am disgusted by this woman's actions. It is the actions of the few like this who bring disgrace on those of us who simply wish to worship and love God without persecution or hatred. However, it is clear to me that this woman's problems run deep and she is in desperate need of serious psychological assistance, and prayer from those of us willing to give it. As I would ask anyone not to judge my race or gender because of the actions of a few, I would like to request the same courtesy in relation to my faith and that of those who share it..

      Homer - 2011-01-25 13:27

      I like your reasoning. Her actions are not representative of Christianity and should viewed in isolation of the Christian way of life. Im sure many would view her actions as that of Christian behaviour rather than that of a sinner.

      degenerate - 2011-01-25 14:53

      I have to agree with you. Some of my friends are Christians and I know they would never do something like this. A lot of people slam religion, Christianity especially, but when asked why they cant not carry a decent argument.

  • JMan - 2011-01-25 13:23

    Lock her up for five years please.

  • Judith - 2011-01-25 13:24

    Good to know that madness is a worldwide phenomenon!

  • Krush - 2011-01-25 13:27

    The woman should be burned alive.

  • Epicurius - 2011-01-25 13:31

    This woman is the kind of person who epitomizes the extreme end of the christian spectrum...the bible thumping, literal-bible-interpreting, fire-and-brimstone-preaching, mumbo-jumbo-spewing, self-righteous, psychotic, scizophrenic tyrant who simply sees themself as an honest church-going, god-fearing, run-of-the-mill christian. Trouble is, just about everyone who has the intellectual ineptitude to accept the wholly babble and its contents has the potential to become one of these people.

      maxanansi - 2011-01-25 13:40

      If I may make an argument using this same logic: Richard Ramirez, the infamous "Night Stalker" claimed to have terrorized and murdered people because he was a devoted Satanist. Albert Fish, one of the sickest predators to hunt and eat people - mainly children, claimed not to believe in any God. By the above logic then, all people whose intellect leads them to either refuse to believe in a benevolent God, or to reject His Word, has the capacity to become a twisted, murderous canibal. Generalisations are pointless. All humans carry teh capacity for extreme violence and evil, while also carrying the capacity for pure goodnes and holiness. Most of us - whether we be believers of any kind or not - are just people trying to live our lives and use what we have learned and do or do not believe to make sense ofthose lives.

      Epicurius - 2011-01-25 14:02

      @ maxanansi - I was quite clear to specify she is at the extreme end of the scale. Now, tone this lady down just a little bit and she probably has the makings of an evangelist, whom most christians look up to and aspire to emulate. Maxanansi, you either accept the entire bible or none of it, there is no cherry-picking. So, she was just doing what the bible says to do. She should be revered and admired by christians. If not, why? True, you get sickos from all parts of humanity. Christianity, however, was the catalyst to this woman's depraved act. Her reverence for the Goat Herder's Guide to Life for Dummies (who are afraid of death), and what the religion has led her to believe, led her to take an innocent life...human or not.

      maxanansi - 2011-01-25 14:36

      A few further points: 1) The Bible does not, at any time, encourage, order or require actions such as this. I am as sickened by her actions as anyone, regardless of their beliefs, partly because of the cruel treatment of what I believe to be another of God's creatures, and partly because it leads to such misunderstanding of what is required from us who follow faith. What we are taught is to love and respect one another and all the gifts God has given us. 2) Evangelists are the plague of Christianity and are not followed by nearly as many people as they like to announce. Many of them are people who promise earthy reward and preach a Gospel of discrimination, hatred and exclusion for people who do not believe, or who worship God in another way - often including other Christians. These are the people who cherry-pick and ignore one of the most fundamental tenets of the Christian faith - if not THE fundamental tenet - to love one another, as well as the clear statement that Christ did not come to save the righteous, but came to save the sinners, the weak and the downcast. It is evangelists who are most dangerous to people seeking comfort and sense. 3) I accept the entire Bible as the foundation for my belief and, as such, must accept that this requires extreme tolerance, giving of love and making known my faith. This also means that I must pray for this woman to find her way back to the truth of Christianity and to live a life based on said truth, instead of the one she leads now.

      Epicurius - 2011-01-25 14:53

      @ maxanansi - I'll agree to disagree with you on what you say the Bible does and does not tell people to do. Thanks for confirming you accept the entire bible and therefore the following - 1)Stubborn and Rebellious should be stoned to death 2) Adulterers should be put to death 3)People who work on the sabbath should be put to death 4)Practicing Homosexuals should be put to death 5)That it is disgraceful for women to talk in church 6)That slaves are property and can be beaten as long as they are only put out of action for a day or two.....I could go on but I think you clearly have not read the entire wholly babble.

      Kyle_logan - 2011-01-25 14:59

      @maxanansi- have you actually read the bible? they slaughterd thousands/ hundreds of thousands not only in gods name but by his order. Honestly people who say they are christain and say they know their faith really seem to have no clue aboutt he bible and probably have never even read it.

      maxanansi - 2011-01-25 15:12

      Christianity requires total acceptance of the Gospels of Christ, in which Christ clearly states that all previous commands are nullified and that the one true commandment is "to love one another as I have loved you." Included in these Gospels are reports of instances where the old rules, as you describe, are violated, such as the example of the woman sentenced to stoning for adultery being pardoned of her sin by Christ, Christ himself performing miracles of healing on the Sabbath and taking on the church leaders for their criticism thereof, women - including a known prostitute - being part of the known and recognised disciples of Christ, etc (I'm not going to transcribe the entire Book), all of which were used as the excuse for condemning Him to death for serving humanity as the Son of God. It is in this acceptance of the Book that I can not and will not judge your beliefs, but must make every attempt to ensure understanding thereof, so that your own free-will decision is not made out of misunderstanding, but rather out of choice.

      degenerate - 2011-01-25 15:14

      @Epicurius. "you either accept the entire bible or none of it, there is no cherry-picking". And you see Christians as being intellectually inept? A friend of mine is a christian, but he believes in evolution. He gets the message of the bible and believes in a higher power. Because the bible is basically just, stories told and recorded after they evolved from word of mouth to convert as many people to a new religion. Which is, in my opinion what counts. Believe in a higher power if you want, but mainly try to be a good person. I think you might be intellectually inept if you cant see that.

      Epicurius - 2011-01-25 15:26

      Maxanansi, it is also my duty to make sure you are well informed that your decision to follow the bible may be driven by nothing more than a delusion imposed upon you by authority figures during your childhood and that your fear of death and what happens to you after you die is what sustains your white-knuckled grip on a fantasy tale on which you base your entire life.

      maxanansi - 2011-01-25 15:39

      Epicurius, I certainly agree and I would be remiss in not listening to your points, or dismissing them out of hand as the rantings of a hell-bound soul. It was only after many years of personal soul-searching and intensive questioning that I did accept faith into my life, and not based on fear or indoctrination, but rather on the back of many doubts, much anger at what I perceived Christians to be and fierce defense of my right to choice. I still believe that I, and everyone, has the right to choose their beliefs and implement them in their own lives. In fact, those of us who do choose Christianity are comforted in that even one of Christ's closest friends and disciples, Thomas, had doubt and wanted proof - which he was given. I believe that this tells all of us that we should ask the questions, we should not be afraid to doubt, we should make sure that we believe not because our parents told us to, but because we have come to our own, individual conclusion that it is the truth.

      BRONZE - 2011-01-25 15:44

      This conversation is so above my head. What on EARTH are you guys talking about????

      maxanansi - 2011-01-25 16:00

      Anyway, Epicurius, thank you for a lively and intelligent debate, and for the opportunity to speak about my faith without immediate reversion to insults and dismissal. It is good for me to sometimes be forced to remember why I chose this life, as those dark days do come from time to time. Unfortunately, I am heading off home now, so am unable to continue this, but I do look forward to hopefully engaging again some time.

      lacisnesnon - 2011-01-25 16:14

      Epic-fail...shame dude. Someone stuck something very huge up your ass and gave you this "god" complex. It's a pity that you try make yourself feel better by bashing other people's beliefs. You KNOW they can't counter your argument as this argument is one that has gone on for centuries, yet you keep on pushing. Leave it be.

      degenerate - 2011-01-25 16:20

      I agree with you that this woman is on the extreme end of the scale as you said. What I'm saying is that some Christians aren't the doomsday type, who follow every word to the letter. They get the message that Christianity is about, but doesn't believe that Noah actually took two of each animal onto a boat. If he goes to hell(his religion) that is something he has to deal with. Whats wrong with him or maxanansi wanting to be better people? If they live according to an ancient philosophy and believe in a higher power, does that warrant your attack on their beliefs? Quick history of the bible: There were different sects of Christianity after Jesus died. All were vying for converts. Telling embellished stories, because mainly standing on your soapbox, you have to be entertaining. The more entertaining and amazing your story, the more people listen to you. In effect, the more converts you get. The Romans bound the bible according to the strongest Roman sect and that was the official bible. So the best stories won. Believe every word or go to hell, was a scare tactic.

      degenerate - 2011-01-25 16:30

      Oh and using Latin phrases might prove that you aren't intellectually inept. But it does make you a douche-bag. Hows that for to the man? Poopy head.

      Epicurius - 2011-01-25 16:57

      Maxanansi - all the respect to you and the lifechoices you have made. Your rational, structured response shows you are in fact a balanced individual, however much I may disagree with your religion. Et tu Degeneratus, you have mortally wounded me with your razor sharp intellect.....NOT - such a predicatble reaction. Tell your's you isn't it? Don't bother, your 'friend' i.e. You, already know what I posted. As for want me to justgive up?!? No apologies from my side when I say poke it up your hoop. All I would like is for people to snap out of the wish-thinking for a while and see if they can deal with cold harsh reality of, well, reality and still be the person they claim christianity alone enables them to be. Of course they freakin' can, it just takes effort, and self-discipline, that is all. So it's OK to attack those who don't choose to believe christianity? We're fair game right? Wrong!!!

  • JustinD - 2011-01-25 13:36

    She must be a product of inter-breeding. Hang the bitch.

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-01-25 14:47

    Disgusting woman! Feed her to a pack of Wild Dogs!

  • shmangle - 2011-01-25 14:56

    Set a pack of rabies-infected pitbulls on her!!!!!! Now there's justice! And @ Margaret - you'd have to be a moron to not come to the conclusion she's a christian.

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-01-25 14:57

    Dimwitted asshole. Hope she gets a proper cavity search. Does she believe that a dog knows the difference between a bible and any other book.

  • Jennie - 2011-01-25 16:04

    The only good thing in this article is her sentence. We need sentences like hers here in SA. Pleople here get a tap on the hand for harming dogs and she could face 5 years in jail. Good on the US courts for acknowledging that it is a crime to harm animals

  • anarchy86 - 2011-01-25 16:18

    the dog got hold of a bible!!!!!! however as a non-christian(im hindu) i will stand and say this is not the work of a christian. this is the work of a sick human being!!!! lets not make race and religion the topic of hate speech. To the Hindu's commenting here lets remember our one teaching we respect all religions and faiths. This women will get whats coming to her.

  • najanivea - 2011-01-25 16:30

    Typical Christian...hang and burn anything they disagree with.

  • Introspector - 2011-01-25 18:08

    I have a question - apparently 1 in 3 South African men have committed rape. I know I'm not one of them, so my neighbour probably is. He is a Hindu. OK, so that means Hindus are rapists? Dumb reasoning, I know. The same quality of reasoning that is displayed in these comments.

  • Chelee - 2011-02-03 19:27

    sick sick women!!!!!

  • kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-07-12 09:23

    - Dog: I must destroy the word of God, for it hinders my Dark Master's progress on Earth. Retarded Woman: Oh, no. I must torture this animal to death for it is a harbinger of the darkness!

  • abrar.hussain.1293575 - 2012-10-17 00:24

    She's sick christian and most of ur comments are sick too. She's a human and prison is enough . U ppl worse than her.

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