Another Imbecile Gets Herself Arrested for Posting Her Dog Abuse on Facebook

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Some people feel compelled to post absolutely everything about their lives on social media, and thankfully some people are so foolish that they get themselves in trouble because of their posting addictions.  That’s what happened when Sarah Beth Boothby shared a picture of her dog on Facebook, showing it with shoelaces tied around its muzzle.  People quickly reported her and she was charged for her crime.

The Shiloh Police Department was bombarded with messages from concerned Facebookers who came across the photo Boothby posted of her dog that was accompanied with the caption, “When you chew up mommy’s shoelaces…”

They responded and charged the woman with misdemeanor animal cruelty because the shoelaces were tied “in a manner that appeared that it could restrict the dog’s air flow.”

She claims that her dog’s snout was only bound for about 45 seconds, but the fact that she would do it at all is highly disturbing.  Dogs often chew things that they’re not supposed to, but that’s why it’s important for owners to train them well and to give them things they are allowed to chew.  Positive reinforcement is far more effective than positive punishment.*

Sadly, because the dog was otherwise in good health and appeared to be well cared for, the police were unable to do nothing more for it.

It’s clear that Boothby thought she was teaching her dog a lesson, but hopefully it’s she who will learn something here:  don’t be an abusive jerk, and don’t post your crimes on Facebook.


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* The term “negative reinforcement” is a misnomer, and what people often mean by it is punishment.  Negative reinforcement means subtracting something to reinforce a behavior (i.e. hitting snooze on the alarm – when the noise is taken away, a person will repeat the behavior of shutting the alarm off).  Positive reinforcement is adding something to reinforce a behavior (i.e. giving a dog a treat for learning a trick).

Positive punishment is the addition of something to curb a behavior (i.e. striking a dog – adding pain – to stop it from barking).  Negative punishment is the removal of something to stop a behavior (i.e. taking away a video game because a child misbehaved).

Incidentally, punishment only works on the conditions that it is immediate, severe, and contingent upon the behavior for which one is being punished.  (No, I am not suggesting that animals be punished severely for misdeeds – positive reinforcement is the best method of teaching.) While in this case it was severe, if it took place even more than a few minutes after the dog chewed on the laces, punishment would do no good because the dog wouldn’t know what it was being punished for.  It might have done 10 other things since – drunk out of the toilet, licked itself, barked at a neighbor – so it would make the connection of punishment with only the last thing it had done.


66 thoughts on “Another Imbecile Gets Herself Arrested for Posting Her Dog Abuse on Facebook”

  1. “Incidentally, punishment only works on the conditions that it is immediate, severe, and contingent upon the behavior for which one is being punished.”

    “Severe”? Is this what you intended to say? I do not believe punishment to any animal needs to be “severe”. Nor do I believe that animal behaviorists recommend “severe” punishment. Please be more responsible if you are going to post stories on the Internet. Think about your word choices, and how what you write has consequences.

    • How about taping this “broad’s” face and not letting her eat or drink for a week – not only will she loose some much needed weight but it may teach her a lesson as well!!!!

    • “Severe” is precisely what I meant to say, but no, I’m not suggesting that people punish animals severely, so I will edit that. I was speaking about how punishment works in the psychological sense, as I was trained in college. If a person murders someone else just because they wanted to, and they were fined $10, do you think they would be terribly inclined to not not it again? No, because $10 is not severe. If the punishment for murder was to have the hands sawn off with a rusty hacksaw – something very severe – the inclination to murder would be considerably less. Again, I am not suggesting that animals be punished severely. Positive reinforcement is the best method of teaching for both people and animals. =)

        • What makes you think they don’t care about people as much as animals?? Just because you defend an animal DOES NOT mean you don’t care about people!! With that being said people should treat LIFE as they want LIFE to treat them!! This is ABUSE of life PERIOD!! Now if she thinks this a correct punishment then it should also be done to her!!

  2. Why don’t we pass a law that sentences those pigs that abuse animals to the same abuse they were convicted of?
    I hope people are smart enough to keep children away from this monster.

  3. This is so stupid!!! Why would you do something like that? But yet she still is allowed to have pets!!! She should be made to volunteer to clean all the kennels in her area for 6 months!!!! Enough Said!!!!

  4. I think people who think they have to ‘punish’ a dog for licking itself haven’t really understood something at all. Bigots.

  5. nobody should do this to an animal and post it this is just wrong and not the proper way to train an animal. I have had many dogs they chew you buy bitter apple spray it on things and they learn that is a no no. but to do this is a crime and could have led to some damage to the dog.


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