I am relatively new to the forums, but your topic caught my eye. I am muslim and have lived both in Pakistan and Saudia Arabia. Well.....to answer your questions...I know cats and dogs are regarded differently in islamic customs. Muslims first off are not supposed to harm a living being , be it animal or human. Cats hold a special place because our prophet Muhammaed (PBUH) liked cats. A positive place. I myself have two
. THey are spoiled in every way. As for dogs, I have almost never seen anyone having a dog in Saudia, except for non muslim people but in Pakistan I know quite a few ppl who do have dogs and spoil them. On a more general level, dogs are regarded to be unclean due to rabies and not being as fastidious in comparison to other animals...like cats i guess.... I frankly dont know the exact word on treatment with dogs, but I know that a person has to wash a different way each time they come in contact with a dogs saliva. But there is no mention any where in the holy texts or even in the prophets life time ....for encouraging abuse for animals. I recently visited paksitan and yes the conditions that dogs and cats living on the street face are not very good. Most of the abuse I have seen is due to lack of education. That is in my opinion the single most important factor. People assume it is okay to keep these animals out in the streets. There is no education about spaying and neutering....that kind of stuff.
I dont konw if all this answered your questions...but ...lol I did my best...