How low?

Lower than a dog can dig, you'll find someone who'll shoot it

Check under a rock.

 

There, you will find all kinds of creepy, crawly bugs.

Beneath them, you’ll find the kind of people who break into your home to just take what you’ve worked hard to buy.

Beneath them, you’ll find the kind of people who take a gun with them when they break into your home to just take what you’ve worked hard to buy.

Beneath them, you’ll find the kind of people who will shoot your dog when they break into your home to just take what you’ve worked hard to buy.

Beneath them you’ll find the kind of people who will shoot an injured veteran’s service dog when they break into her home to just take what she and her husband have worked hard to buy.

Yep. It’s about as low as you can go without hitting shale.

This is what befell Augusta’s Kinga Kiss-Johnson, an Army veteran enduring a slow and painful recovery from head and back injuries suffered while serving this country in Afghanistan.

While she was away from home for a short time the evening of May 7, Kiss-Johnson’s English Labrador retriever, Balto, was shot and wounded by a burglar. After a search, authorities arrested Joshua Kelly Patterson, 31, in the 1900 block of Wylds Road. He was charged with burglary, aggravated cruelty to animals, theft and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Kiss-Johnson had left Balto at home during an errand to get some dog food because he was still tired from a plane trip to The Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

It was the third break-in at the home in the past year, the second inside of a week.

It’s bad enough that someone would break into a home and shoot a dog. But burglars and thieves have it in their capacity to make life in a city unbearable. Three break-ins in one year?

Unfortunately, the state of Georgia this year decided to go easier on all but the worst burglars. What we really need is to make life unbearable for them for a change. We need to do everything in our power to stop this scourge – particularly those burglars who are armed and at the ready to shoot the first thing that moves in a house.

The punishment cannot possibly fit the crime in some cases.

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