But pet owners must balance dogs’ needs with their safety. Too much freedom can be just as bad as not enough.
Not all dogs that are given freedom will take advantage of it. Some dogs seem perfectly content to stay on their porch or in their yard, and don’t seem to need a fence or a leash. But Mahoney’s dogs didn’t seem to fit that profile.
We do not know anything about the circumstances that led Kodah and Mush to go missing. We do know that it had happened before.
To suggest that Mahoney in any way deserved what happened to her beloved pets would be an extreme, and cruel, reaction. No one deserves to have an illegal act perpetrated against them.
Rather, we see this incident as a particularly sobering reminder of the dangers — both man-made and otherwise — that pets face.