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Lawsuit: Dogs Are People Too

Written by Michelle Kretzer | January 9, 2012

In what could prove to be a groundbreaking case for the legal rights of animals, New Yorker Elena Zakharova is suing a pet store because of the chronic pain that her dog, Umka, suffers from as a result of hip and knee problems, which she attributes to the dog’s puppy mill origins.

While New York has a puppy “lemon law” that allows buyers to return dogs with medical problems, Zakharova refuses to send Umka back to the store as if she were a defective stereo. If the court rules in Zakharova’s favor, it could set a precedent under which pet stores would have to pony up, as well they should, to guardians of puppy mill dogs who incur bills associated with medical problems caused by negligence or a deliberate lack of appropriate early care. This could, in turn, squelch puppy mills, which confine dogs to small, filthy wire cages as mere “breeding machines” and allow them to suffer from untreated illnesses and injuries.

We will watch and hope for the best in this important case for “pet shop pups.”

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  • Chuck says:

    I disagree with the people who say dogs are not people. We are all animals including humans. And dogs are steadily evolving to be more like us. My dog Ivy is more human than most people. She thinks, and responds much like any person. She understands more than 100 words and she tries to form speech using a burp. She is loving and looks you straight in the eyes. The problem is that jerks like Caesar Millan has convinced people that dogs are more like wolves. My dog lives indoors with us and fits in better than most sons or daughters. My mother refers to Ivy as a little person. That is a pretty good description. Sadly dogs, and especially the larger breeds, are still seriously discriminated against by people who simply don’t understand them.

  • Chance says:

    Dogs are not people , I believe that it’s wrong to treat them wrong and all but the problem in this country is that people humanize dogs like there people , but there not , they are animals not humans , last time I remember dogs didn’t build this nation or created cures or had any type of dominion over us people

  • Cindy says:

    With all the puppy mill horror stories in the news the past several years you would have to be ignorant to buy a puppy from a pet store. You are taking a gamble and by shopping at a pet store you are enabling puppy mills. Why not pass laws that stop pet stores from selling puppies? If you purchase a puppy from a pet store you are assuming the responsibility for its future medical care.

  • Bob says:

    Christine you are right, dogs are not people, they are better than people! Dogs do so much for people and get nothing in return. People ask so much of them yet we give them little protection under the law. Why would you post such a ridiculous comment on an article about someone trying to do good for dogs, trying to show the horrors of puppy mills and pet shop pets?? It just proves my point Dogs are better then people.

  • Stephanie says:

    Actually the definition of a person is a being.. not specifically a “human being”…so therefore…dogs are people too..

  • Like it says:

    Christine, you are absolutely right…dogs are not people…im glad someone here has a level head.

  • Carla* says:

    Always adopt, Never buy!! Dogs are like people too!! Suffering is suffering and for that dog and many others coming out of mills and the pet shops that encourage the breeding, I only hope for a precedent…

  • Christine says:

    i am a huge animal lover, but please i hate when i hear ” dogs are people too” they are not people, we are all just living creatures. i hope for the best though for all the dogs sake.