The underlying message is that domestic animals are a product of the humans which rear them, then penalize them for acting out as animals, or simply responding to their “training”. The sad facts are that some pets don’t stand a chance – they are simply at the mercy of the sociopath which they are unlucky to be claimed by. Another sad fact is that there are many people out there who choose to view animals as a financial commodity and nothing more; I disagree with Laura on one point: I do not believe Stephen Markwell (the real-life villain of this tale) can be referred to as an animal worker in any respect – he appears another example of simple “white trash”, who has found a lucrative way to maximise his income from a piece of yokel land; sadly, a common demographic in many rural towns, everywhere. Another well-highlighted point is the financial inequality (not to mention the species one) in the application of law. It is sad reading – I must admit, I did shed a little tear or two reading about the conditions and circumstances of these dogs’ abduction and incarceration. Be warned: expect to be infuriated!