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  •  You Are Wrong... (0+ / 0-)

    Most states have animal cruelty laws and do not treat pets as "property".

    What state do you live in that does not enforce cruelty laws when people starve their pets.  I occassionally see a newscast in our state that shows dogs, cats or horses being confiscated because of malnutrition.

    •  That's based on a book by an attorney (0+ / 0-)

      who specializes in dog law. Perhaps she doesn't know what she's talking about, but she seemed to at the time.

      Animal cruelty is different than the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress, you know.

      On Sara Palin: "That an Idiot." -- Keith Olbermann

      by allergywoman on Thu May 06, 2010 at 09:36:22 AM PDT

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      •  But, You Can Be Guilty of One, (0+ / 0-)

        and not the other.

        I only know of a few instances where killing someone elses dog is legal.  One, of course is to protect oneself.  In college I took an Ag Law class and killing a dog that was chasing livestock was legal.  But many states don't allow that.

        Now, getting a dog killer prosecuted is a different matter.  In many rural areas it is next to impossible.  Especially if the owner is trespassing or breaking the law.

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