In a landmark ruling in the state of Oregon last week, the Supreme Court ruled that dogs are “not mere property but sentient beings.”
It basically means dogs have more rights now and have been acknowledged by the high court as animals that can experience feelings and pain— aka sentient beings! This is huge for the dog community!
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To sum it up quickly, I’ll try to explain it in the easiest way possible:
A young woman had mistreated her dog, Juno. The young woman reportedly didn’t feed him, beat him and left him in a small kennel on multiple occasions. Eventually, a bystander called an animal cruelty investigator and they decided the dog did not look healthy and needed to see a vet.
Once Juno was at the animal clinic, the vet decided to draw his blood because they wanted to make sure the dog didn’t have some other health issue causing him to be so skinny. Once the vet checked his blood they knew this horrible dog owner was going down. The blood sample showed the poor pooch was malnourished and starving! Ugh! The owner was charged with second-degree animal neglect. Not good.
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After that, this crazy dog owner went to court and said it was illegal for the vet to draw blood from her dog because that was her property and the vet needed a warrant to draw blood (just like you would need a warrant to search someone’s car). The court rejected her claims and she was charged! BOOOOYA! You can read the official law document here, but brace yourself. It’s confusing. The bottom line is, justice is served for our canine friends!