You can mess with a man, but you don't mess with his dog.
The sterile, intellectual, detached part of me has always boggled at this ridiculous double standard. We ascribe people all of these rights: the right to happiness, to life, to property, to freedom, rights most people will not give to dogs. And yet most people would agree with your quoted sentiment.
I have a friend who supports the death penalty only for one crime: animal abuse.
It's amazing how motivating innocence can be.
Well, that was a tangent. But ya, I think I agree with you.