For What It’s Worth: Stealing Cats

Dog lovers and cat lovers may never agree on which is the superior pet. In Virginia, they might look at the legal books for guidance. I was reading in the Link (our local magazine from the VA Pilot) that in Virginia it is a misdemeanor to steal a cat, but it is a felony to steal a dog. Apparently, you can get as much as a year for stealing a cat; you can get up to 10 years for stealing a dog. There is a push in Richmond now to make stealing a cat a felony so that cat lovers will feel better about the penalty as a deterrent and dog lovers will not be so arrogant. I don’t know – as a dog owner with little interest in cats, the difference sounds about right to me.

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