As I walked down a by-lane
Witness was I, to a terrible sight
There she was, howling in pain
Caught by the neck, but still in the fight
She moved to the left, she jumped to the right
But, caught she was, in the dog catcher's snare
I stopped to watch, and pity her plight
To plead her case, I did not dare
She slipped, she fell, into the gutter,
Not able to watch, I walked away
I heard cries in the distance, from her abandoned litter
The puppies yelped, for their mother to stay
The tears didn't flow, the sadness remained
The cruelty all around, had hardened my life
Taken to a far place, to be maimed,
Or beaten, or killed, or put under a knife.
All through the week, I pondered her plight
With time her pain, slipped out of my head
As I walked by the lane, one fine night
I saw her! Healthy as ever, she wasn't dead!
With puppies in tow, she ran free
A green band on her neck, reminded of that day
Cruelty was still at bay, I had to agree
With my smile back in place, I called it a day.