Okay, you can call me heartless. I probably am. But when I happened across this headline at the New York Post, my first thought was “Did they check the pound?”
Here’s the headline:
Woman who likes to be walked on a leash is missing
Who the hell likes to be walked on a leash?
I can’t stand it when somebody even touches my neck.
A 23-year-old Staten Island woman who became an internet sensation as part of the notorious “leash couple” has been missing since Christmas Eve, police said.
Anna Teshu was last seen about 10:30 p.m. at her mother’s Hillman Avenue home on Staten Island.
Apparently somebody left the back gate open.
What do you do in a situation like this?
Call around to vets?
Put up posters at the local PetSmart?
Teshu and her then-fiancé, Nathan Riely, made headlines in May 2015 when he was seen walking her around on a leash – part of what they called the BDSM activity of “puppy play,” the Staten Island Advance reported.
Oh, I see. She isn’t trans-species; it’s a sex thing.
The woman — who referred to herself as “Xena, Nathan’s puppy” — had animal-cruelty charges tossed when she was found unfit to stand trial for leaving Riely’s German shepherd, Scout, locked up in the car they had been living in.
Well, that’s a kick in the head.
You’d think someone who fancies herself a puppy would treat other dogs better.
The charges against Teshu were dismissed in October 2015 after she was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial.
The UK Daily Mail also picked up the story. And according to them Teshu also likes to sleep in a dog cage and claims she wanted to be a puppy since she was thirteen years old.
Isn’t that 91 in dog years?
Look, I’m sorry the girl is missing. And I certainly hope she’s found safe.
But our voyeuristic social media culture isn’t doing any favors making “internet sensations” out of people with psychological problems.
Maybe it’s time we stopped treating the mentally ill like some celebrity oddity du’jour.
Maybe then somebody would have tried to help this girl instead of indulging and celebrating her delusions.
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