Unless you are a lawyer or you have also received the latest newsletter from Animal Legal Defense, you are probably shaking your head and asking--what in the world does Derivative Contraband mean?
At this juncture I will only say that it was the legal vehicle that saved Luke, a young dog, from being returned to Timothy Kuhn and his girlfriend of Philadelphia.
Sadly he and she proved that Philadelphia is not always the city of brotherly love.
So what was their crime? One Friday night about two years ago, Timothy Kuhn was at home with his girlfriend and Luke, their 6-month-old puppy. Luke, as any puppy, was probably just doing all the things any young puppy would be doing, when Kuhn grabbed him and violently threw him against the wall. Dazed and whimpering from the impact, which shattered his shoulder, he would find no comfort from either this brute or his girlfriend.