I've about had all I can stand of this, "I should be free to neglect and abuse my property (animals) if I want because this is America" garbage.
You do not get that freedom. Your "freedom" never entitles you to neglect what is innocent and in your care. Be this being in your care your dog, your cow, your children, your handicapped relative or your elderly parents. What is innocent isn't yours to do with as you please without question.
You are never entitled to that type of gross liberty. It is obscene. Hush.
Your freedom extends to you. Your body. Your Mind. Your existence. It ends there. . . I'm sorry if you wanted more than that. Tough Luck.