Holly, I'm just frustrated to see an animal in such condition. I know that most teachers are great, caring people who would not do this to an animal for anything. You, Becky, my sister and I know there are others that I'm forgetting are all prime examples of how great teachers are. I'd really like to get school systems to stop allowing animals in classrooms, honestly. There isn't enough time for them anymore with the immense amount of pressure that NCLB has placed on you. I'm not against teachers, but I sure do hate to think of the little guy sitting there day in and day out in so much pain. I may not want to see him/her arrested in front of their students, but I wouldn't mind an ACO giving a talk to the class, and seeing him/her do community service & pay for his vet bills if convicted.
Pinta, thanks for your thoughts. I'll leave it alone until someone more qualified can do that. I don't feel competent enough to take that on, and I don't want to hurt him anymore. If something soaks off, I'll be happy.
I spoke to my vet today as well as Josephine. We are going to continue with the soaking and the antibiotics and pain meds for a little while to see how he heals. We'll get him x-rayed soon to see any bone damage. Josephine may foster him for us, also. I trust her experience more than mine. We're hoping to be able to save his foot, but if not, we'll have it amputated and I think he'll adjust well.
He's been sleeping a lot today, which is understandable. He's still got a great appetite, and I'll get him out soon for his soak. I bought some dandelion greens for him today, I know he'll be thrilled.
Lynx, feel free to use the photos.
- Get on your bike.
edited the rest. Broken record syndrome. Not here to change minds. Thanks for taking the pig although your load is already great.
This, really, is at the heart of the matter. There are good teachers and bad teachers. Any human being, teacher or not, that would first, allow this type of suffering in a living creature, and second, "dispose" of the animal instead of caring for it, is not a very good person. Period. The fact that this person happens to abuse their animal in a school setting just makes it that much sadder.
So, yes, the teacher is culpable, but so is the administration for allowing this to happen. Any administrator (busy as they are) that allows animals but doesn't check on their welfare, also deserves some measure of culpability.
But ultimately, if we're in the business of education (and we are--it's the reason this board is here), then getting the word out means getting to the parents in a school. I've said this a million times. It's the parents that yield the most power in making these types of changes.
I'd like to see each and every person on this board with schoo-aged kids to print out the pictures of this pig, along with reasonable information (that is, nothing inflammatory--the pictures really express this the best), and take it to their school just as a heads-up on what can happen when there are animals in the classroom. Then, go to your district office and demmand that animals not be allowed in elementary classrooms anywhere in the district. Again, be armed with reasonable information. Don't be mad. Be informed.
I know nothing about starting up legislation, but it may be time to look into it.
Also, thank you leebee, both girls say we should fit one more pig in our C&C, and they both think they can fit a C&C in their rooms, so we would have more space to help pigs that need homes. Freakin' bleeding heart kids.
Here's the photos of the scab and foot, and of his soaking routine.
Outside of scab - this is the side he was walking on:
Inside of scab - closest to wound:
Foot after scab removal:
For comparison sake, this was his foot with the scab on: