Here’s a shocking story from the Tampa area, where a 10-year-old German Shepherd nicknamed Sweetie was found in a deplorable state: emaciated and sick. After a local nonprofit, called Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue, took the dog in and got her the necessary medical care, her former owner suddenly decided that he wants her back. The prospect that this could happen has dog lovers outraged:
The Hillsborough County Pet Resources Center told 10 News that there’s no current plan to return Sweetie to its owner. Not just yet. But they told us that it is the law that animals are considered property.
Sweetie (whose former name was Nikki) is a case study for why laws that view dogs as property can be a problem.