In the NY lawsuit, the pet parent is trying to get her puppy named as a "living soul" as opposed to inanimate property, which doesn't have feelings. Her puppy was born with congenital defects and has had to have thousands of dollars of surgery and medical attention. The attorney for the puppy's parent says the suit is designed "to stop improper breeding of animals that leads to health problems".
Are puppies living souls? Of course! All animals are and we applaud the efforts being made to have it recognized by law in order to ensure the good health of every breed. Just like us, they experience physical and emotional feelings which include pain as well as happiness, sadness, excitement and more. As we've always said, pets are people too.
In fact, we'll go so far as to suggest that not only are they people too, they are extremely intuitive. How else can we explain why they go to the door or window several minutes before we even drive into the driveway?