The unapologetic Islamophobia we have been witnessing for the past year is disgusting and indefensible, but one Florida man used it as an excuse for animal cruelty as well.
Jackie Hammock, a 72-year-old man living in Lake Wales, Florida, decided to send five dogs to attack his Muslim neighbor’s poodle.
Azard Baksh, the neighbor in question, told WFLA that while his poodle Myra was outside, Hammock came out of his side gate and set five dogs on the small poodle. Two of the bigger dogs were apparently 60 to 70 pounds and mix breeds. To cap it off, Hammock was inexplicably naked.
Baksh recounted that, “The big mother dog came and grabbed Myra, shook her like a teddy bear. And I started screaming. [Hammock] started calling me names and said, ‘Don’t walk in this street, you Muslim terrorist. Stay out of here.’”
While Hammock’s wife called the dogs back, Hammock released them two additional times. Myra was taken to a veterinary hospital but her injuries were too severe, and she did not survive the night.
When officers questioned whether Hammock was responsible for the incident, he readily admitted to what he had done: “Oh yes sir, absolutely. I hate that terrorist prick,” he reportedly told an officer.
Hammock had previously threatened Baksh, calling him “Muslim terrorist, Islamic Muslim terrorist,” and telling him, “Go back where you come from.”
Incidents such as these are precisely why vitriolic, Islamophobic language is so dangerous and damaging—with demagogues such as Trump fostering this atmosphere, we will only see these occurrences continue to grow in frequency. In this case, an innocent, unsuspecting poodle had to pay with her life.
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