How far would you be willing to go to rescue a dog that you thought was in grave danger, even though it clearly belongs to someone else? Three women go on trial today for an incident last year, when they took a dog from in front of a trailer in rural Virginia:
Bettina Cuce Rodriguez of Virginia Beach and two others were charged in January 2015 with dog larceny for taking a pit bull mix that was chained outside a mobile home in Accomack County, a rural community that encompasses much of the Eastern Shore.
The Cuces and other rescuers said they had received repeated reports about the dog. They said they were told it was being left outside in all kinds of weather with no food or water and that it was near death the day it was taken. Complaints to the county’s animal control had yielded no action, they said.
Read the story below, which gets into all the reasons that seemingly law-abiding people would resort to such an action. There are thorny issues that come into conflict in this situation, from personal property rights and trespassing to the need to protect dogs from abuse. What do you think?