My car sits in my driveway. I have no garage. So it has to sit in my driveway, as does my lawn mower. If someone takes it, it is theft, pure and simple.
A horse should not be locked in the barn because thieves may come and take him, or dirtbags may come and cut it up -- yes, it has happened. But how horrible to sequester a dog in a house or a horse in a barn because there may be someone out there somewhere that may do something to the critter or steal the critter.
Personally, I think dogs LOVE to be outside. What is inside a house if the owners are not home? Not much, really. I think dogs are healthier if they have plenty of sunshine and are outside. But then, I live in the country, where air and grass and trees and breezes are the norm.
And I think it is a dangerous thing, when we start pointing the finger at owners when something criminal happens to their dogs. Pretty soon we will be condoning it when people take a dog out of a yard.
It used to be a hanging offense to steal cattle or horses. I think stealing an animal, a live creature, ought to be a felony. Dogs are property yes, but they can be bought for thousands or even tens of thousands, but that does not mean that they are worth that or less. It should be Grand Theft Dog, and it should be a felony regardless of whether it is a mix or a purebred or a service dog or a police dog. Oh yeah, police dogs don't get stolen.
Heidi Ho, Odie
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