Alleged Arizona Shooter was Shelter Volunteer
January 11, 2011
In the inevitable attempt to understand what sort of person commits mass murder, the media is digging into alleged Tuscon shooter Jared Loughner’s past. He apparently liked dogs and some neighbors remembered he used to walk his own dog around the neighborhood. One year ago, Mr. Loughner volunteered to walk dogs at the Pima Animal Care Center in AZ. Shelter staff became concerned when he was allowing dogs to play in an area designated off-limits due to a recent parvo virus infection:
“He didn’t think the disease was that threatening and when we tried to explain how dangerous some of the diseases are. He didn’t get it,” [manager Kim] Janes said.
He wouldn’t agree to keep dogs from the restricted area, and was asked to come back when he would. He never returned.
I don’t know if that tidbit provides us any insight into Mr. Loughner’s mindset. Or if anything ultimately would. But I find it interesting that he apparently failed to comprehend that he was putting dogs’ lives at risk by his actions at the shelter. And that rather than change what he was doing, he opted to abandon any commitment to the dogs at the shelter.