Sarah Palin Posts Photo of Son Stepping on Dog, Draws Criticism From Animal Rights Advocates

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Sarah Palin is probably very happy to say goodbye to 2014.

The now-famous Palin family brawl that took place in September seemed to make headlines every few weeks, as new details emerged about the drunken throwdown that cemented Sarah's place as the most Jerry Springer-ready former governor in US history.

Unfortunately, Palin has chosen to start the year with a different kind of controversy by posting a photo of her youngest son Trig stepping on a freaking dog, dontcha know:

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"May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward," Palin wrote on her Facebook page, along with the photo on the right.

"Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mama not acknowledging his signs for 'up!', found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone."

Trig suffers from Down Syndrome, and Palin was obviously proud of his ingenuity, but as a number of Facebook users have pointed out, the image of a 6-year-old standing on top of a dog is more distressing than cute.

"Poor dog," wrote one commenter. "And how exactly is the dog supposed to get up with a seventy or more pound kid on his spine?"

Others went so far as to accuse Palin of animal abuse for not only allowing Trig to step on the dog, but posting photos of the incident online.

Obviously, it's not exactly Michael Vick-level animal cruelty on display here, but one would expect a woman who spent several decades in the political arena to be a little more discerning with regard to her social media pics.

Maybe Palin should just stick to makeup-free selfies going forward.

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Sarah Palin is the former Governor of Alaska, and was the 2008 Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, running on... More »
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Sarah Louise Heath Palin

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What I've had to do, though, is in the middle of the night, put down the Blackberries and pick up the breast pump. Do a couple of things different and still get it all done.

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I am thankful to be married to a man who loves being a dad as much as I love being a mom so he is my strength. And practically speaking, we have a great network of help with lots of grandparents and aunties and uncles all around us. We have a lot of help.

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