I just read your article ("Animal cruelty investigations underway in deaths of 2 dogs," Aug. 23). Animal cruelty has got to have tougher consequences than a slap on the wrist. Dogs are living creatures who love and trust us and they need to get that in return. Unless the law comes down on the people doing this, the people will continue to do it and not care. I am 12 years old and I love animals, especially dogs. I hate hearing about how they are abused and mistreated.