Fortunately I don't think you would get away with that today. Dogs are people and have rights, right? Stories of animal cruelty make me so sad and so mad. I just don't get how people can abandon a family pet. Circumstances change but the love of and for a dog does not. But it happens.
Today during my rounds, I passed an RSPCA pop up adoption centre at Bulimba. I looked at the dogs and my heart broke. Those dogs deserve a home. Those dogs deserve a life something like that enjoyed by Rumple and Winkle (not quite the same. Not every home needs to be quite as neurotic). Hopefully the pop up worked and right now those pooches are curled up on a bed or a lap somewhere. It's only right.