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Dogs conquer right to take legal action against former owners in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Paraná Court of Appeals (TJ-PR) has taken an unprecedented decision in Brazil: two dogs, victims of mistreatment, were granted the right to sue their former owners.

The case began in August last year, when the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Sou Amigo, from Cascavel, in western Paraná, rescued Rambo and Spike, who had been left alone for 29 days while their owners were traveling.

The NGO's attorney Evelyne Paludo then decided to name the animals as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. "The animals' rights were violated, not those of the rescuer, nor of the NGO . . .

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