Editorial: Being wrong or devious isn’t necessarily a crime

They are two of the more attention-grabbing stories making headlines these days.

First was the case of the malnourished dogs taken from the home of a breeder in Golden Gate Estates. Readers may recall the stories and especially dramatic photos of mothers and their litters being treated at the Humane Society Naples and Collier County government’s Domestic Animal Services.

Our coverage indicated DAS had issues in the past with the same dog owner, counseling him 12 times since 2005 about wounds and fleas.

Still, then and even now, officials said the dogs were not mistreated — but they could have been treated better. Any offenses did not rise to the level of an arrest being made.

The second story, featured on our front page on Sunday, told of a local woman found by a local court to have taken advantage of a wealthy, elderly male friend slipping into dementia.

Our story documented more than $1 million in cash gifts plus jewelry and fine dining over three years. Were they were examples of generosity or something else? The court concurred that the family friend had taken advantage, and ordered a lien of $2 million on her property.

Again, no criminal charges have been brought.

It goes to show as aggravating as this may seem, or as hard as it may be for some of us to accept, what is legal and what is right are not always the same thing.

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