Why do so many homeless people in NYC have dogs?
Is this a ploy for sympathy and more donations?
- StephenWeinsteinLv 79 months ago
It might be for protection/defense.
- Kid MohawkLv 59 months ago
Being homeless is lonely. To add to that, it's dangerous. A dog to back you up if you're attacked is a great asset, especially if you're asleep.
Mental disease may also play a part, as they may have an easier time identifying with a dog than another person.
But I also suspect a few only adopt them to elicit sympathy while they're begging, as I was saw a guy intentionally 'posing' his dogs by having them hug each other while they were sleeping, while asking for money to keep them fed.
- W.T. DoorLv 79 months ago
It is to make it harder to arrest them if they commit a crime. The arresting officer will have to arrange for animal protection to house the dog while the owner is in jail, and that is a lot of trouble. .
- TevaLv 59 months ago
Probably for companionship and protection. I hope people have more sympathy for you if you ever end up in a similar situation.