Complicated Relationship of People and Their Pets

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Two San Francisco dog owners are on trial in LA for the mauling death of a neighbor. The trial was moved because emotions were too high for the trial to be held where the killing occurred. One defendant could become the first American ever found guilty of murder for the actions of a pet. The case raises important questions about the presence of animals in urban settings and who should be held responsible for the actions of those animals. We look at pets and their owners, their emotional ties and legal relationships with the founder of a national animal advocacy group, a veterinarian who treats behavioral problems, and the director of a Pennsylvania research center on the interaction of animals and society.
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LA Weekly

Open Society Institute



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton