Editorial — The destructive effect of lying

News that six dogs, reported stolen from a popular Langley dog walking spot, actually died of heat stroke while in the back of a dog walker’s pickup, was shocking, but not surprising. The woman’s story last week had far too many improbabilities in it.

However, the fact remains that six dogs died due to neglect — if we are to believe the reports. Remember, they are all based on what the dog walker said to someone else.

It’s sad to see how what appears to be one person’s deliberate lie has led to so many people wasting so much of their own time in searching, and money (a fundraising campaign had raised thousands of dollars).

If the current story turns out to be the accurate one,  it’s a sad reflection on how prevalent lying has become in our society. Everybody apparently does it — from politicians on down. It has been elevated to a fine art by sports figures, entertainers and other prominent people.

It’s not a ringing endorsement of our society.

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