Stealing Pets

TitleStealing Pets
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsFunke, MB, Boxall, SF, Funke, RD, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Date Published0/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractIn 2013, Judy Camp stole a dog from her neighbor after seeing him being kept in miserable conditions for a number of weaks. Earlier, the police had visited the dog and the neighbor, but did not intervene because the dog was beign adequately fed. Judy brought the dog to a veterinarian, who, finding out the dog was stolen, called the police. Judy was then charged with obstruction of justice and stealing the dog. While there are laws against animal cruelty, dogs are considered property under the law and cannot be taken from their owners without the owner's consent. However, Camp saw her action as a rescue from awful conditions that overrode the rights given to the dog's owner.
NotesCopyright 2014, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Case from the 2014 Regional Ethics Bowl