A national comic strip advocating pet abuse has some local animal lovers barking mad.
Amber Elliott, an adoptions counselor with PAWS Humane, said three or four people called the non-profit animal care organization to complain after reading the “B.C.” comic strip printed Tuesday’s Ledger-Enquirer.
In the comic, one of the cavemen characters reads a book in which a man, Dick, and his dog, Spot, go on a camping trip. Dick wants to make a fire, but Spot steals the wood — so Dick douses the dog in kerosene instead.
“They’ve basically just been saying that they are very upset with the comic. It’s almost promoting animal abuse.” Elliott said. “We had one really upset person that called that said they were never reading the comic again.”
The caveman comic strip was created by the late John Hart in 1958 and is now illustrated by a team of artists. In a blog on www.johnhartstudios.com, the artists said they have gotten mail from many readers across the nation complaining about Tuesday’s strip. An apology was posted on the blog and a previously unpublished comic was put on the Web site in place of the original B.C. comic.
“We have decided that today’s original strip was in poor taste. The mail we have been receiving from our readers unanimously agrees that it was simply NOT FUNNY! We agree, it was offensive,” the blog stated.
Elliott said the comic strip’s light treatment of animal abuse worried her.
“I see animal abuse cases every day. I just think it gives people ideas. Children read the comics.” Elliott said. “I think people should be more educated about animal abuse.”