I agree whole heartedly ... The homeless I have seen with animals the animals are cared for ....
It's a sad situation, yes.
Pets provide wonderful emotional support, yes.
But to think that these pats are provided proper medical care is absurd, no matter what television show reports might say.
I live in one of the largest homeless meccas in the country (warm climate), and these pets do not receive even a semblance of proper care. They are flea infested, parasite ridden, malnourished disasters, living day to day by the literal skin of their teeth.