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Best News I Heard All Week

The Best News I Heard All Week!

Oh Dog! We’re FINALLY back with some good news to share!

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This week, Little Girl will do the honors!

 

Meow everybody! This week we’re headed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for some good news. They have ruled that police in Massachusetts can enter a home without a warrant if animals are in distress.

It seems in January of 2011 police received a call that dogs appeared hurt or dead at a home. When they arrived they found two dogs lying down and presumably dead and a third in bad shape. After unsuccessful attempts to contact the home owner, they cut the lock to the gate, entered the backyard and rescued the dog that was still living. The home owner, Heather Duncan, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty.

Duncan’s attorney argued that police had no right to enter Duncan’s property without her consent as they had no search warrant. To do so would be a violation of the homeowner’s 4th Amendment rights against Unreasonable Search and Seizure. The court, however, held that animals should be held under the same emergency exception as humans when they are in distress and in need of help.

This is big news, because it means that Massachusetts courts do not see animals as property but as living beings that must be cared for.

Now, Massachusetts isn’t the first state to rule in the favor of animals; 13 others states have also ruled in this way. But it’s great news for those of us who want animals to no longer be seen as property by courts and by law enforcement officials.

I wonder when we can expect a case such as this to hit the US Supreme Court?

MEOW!

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Discussion

32 thoughts on “The Best News I Heard All Week!

  1. Great news. Always nice to hear some of that

    Happy Sunday

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

    Posted by hutchagoodlife | April 13, 2014, 6:04 AM
  2. The fact this even had to go to court to be ruled on is appalling..so glad this is now a clear message that an animal like a human is entitled to the same protection if police see them in distress or danger…Fozziemum

    Posted by fozziemum | April 13, 2014, 6:27 AM
  3. That’s a good step in the right direction, I hope for all anipals that they will be well treated and the police hasn’t to come. Have a wonderful sunday :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | April 13, 2014, 6:44 AM
  4. One state at a time… we will get there

    Posted by Connie | April 13, 2014, 7:09 AM
  5. It’s absolutely amazing to me that there are people out there that would still think a dying animal shouldn’t be saved (so long as it’s a professional like a police officer/animal control doing the “rescuing”). It’s great news to hear more states are allowing animals to be seen as living things and not just property. It is good news today! 🙂

    Posted by paigeandspaniels | April 13, 2014, 8:48 AM
  6. That is sooo pawesome! Does this include getting into HOT cars in summer, too?

    Posted by Maxwell, Faraday & Allie | April 13, 2014, 8:54 AM
  7. Thank you very much for this wonderful news Little Girl! This is a great step for animals! 🙂

    Posted by eripanwkevin | April 13, 2014, 9:01 AM
  8. Great news indeed!

    Posted by Bluejellybeans | April 13, 2014, 9:17 AM
  9. We read this in the paper this morning!!! Great news!!!

    Posted by Miley | April 13, 2014, 10:02 AM
  10. This is wonderful news! I know most people see themselves as pet parents rather than owners, and animals as beings rather than things. So, it’s great that the courts are catching on!

    Animals deserve basic rights, and this is one step closer to better welfare for animals.

    Thanks for sharing! Made my day!

    Posted by Animal Culture | April 13, 2014, 10:25 AM
  11. Hooray for Massachusetts.

    Posted by corkscot | April 13, 2014, 10:38 AM
  12. Really good news

    Posted by John W. Howell | April 13, 2014, 10:51 AM
  13. Oh that is great news!!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | April 13, 2014, 11:17 AM
  14. Great news! As long as they states keep setting the precedents, hopefully it is inevitable that it will go national eventually.

    Posted by Jan K | April 13, 2014, 11:18 AM
  15. I would be shocked to learn the Supreme Court took on such a case….but wait….aren’t they the ones that took on the case to rule companies are people???hmmmmmmmmmm….

    Posted by Savannah's Paw Tracks | April 13, 2014, 11:28 AM
  16. Wow, that’s a significant ruling. I’d be a little anxious for it to go to the Supreme Court as it’d be a very slippery slope and I’d hate to see it overturned. Not all states are as kindhearted as Mass. I hope other states use this as a precedent and follow suit. My prayers are in the directions that animals in distress are treated equally to humans in emergency situations. They certainly out when out in nature, in the eyes of police and firefighters. Great post.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | April 13, 2014, 11:31 AM
  17. that is fantastic news Yippee,xx Speedy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | April 13, 2014, 11:33 AM
  18. this is wonderful news

    Posted by Jo Bryant | April 13, 2014, 1:12 PM
  19. Best wishes 🙂

    Posted by PC PHOTO | April 13, 2014, 3:50 PM
  20. Yahoooo! This is pawsome news.
    Roy & Shefali

    Posted by followingroy | April 13, 2014, 6:01 PM
  21. Wha Hoo. Great news.

    Posted by Hi folks. It's BJ Pup | April 14, 2014, 12:14 PM
  22. Such great news. Wondering how long it will take other states to follow suit. And how long before animals left in hot cars will be included.

    Posted by Annabelle Essert (@RainbowCatsx8) | April 14, 2014, 6:16 PM
  23. Hurrrah Little Gurl diz iz pawsum n furabuluss newz!!
    We all nose we 4 leggedz are just az purreshuss as Hu’Manz…it iz grrreat dat da peeple are wakin up to da truth…
    Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum ❤ ❤

    Posted by Nylabluesmum | April 15, 2014, 5:37 PM
  24. Hooray, Massachusetts. An excellent step to help animals.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | April 18, 2014, 9:33 AM

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