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December 12, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 1

Restitution for Abandoned Pets?

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

What if a person abandoned a pet onto the street and was charged for medical and care of their pet? How would that change the future of pets, and pet-ownership, in the US?

That is exactly what has happened to an Israeli couple that was ordered to pay for a dog that they abandoned! A court ruled that the couple pay 2,065 shekels ($590 US) for medical, and care, for the Doberman they chose to leave on the streets.

The Doberman was found weak and ill by a volunteer of an animal advocate group in Israel. The volunteer knew the dog and its owners.

In Israel, pets are given special status, unlike here in the US where pets are only recognized as "property." In Israel, there is a written law that a pet-parent is responsible for the care of their pets and must not abandon them.

For the first time in Israeli history, a court has held the owners responsible, ordering them to pay restitution for the care of the Doberman.

What do you think?

Resources:

Haaretz - Article

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