I think this cartoon explains it.
But my own dog did not rat me out. It was a sheep.
The man came over telling the sheep, "Imagine a world with no dog... now sign here."
Dave Everett saw the affidavit, got all sheepish, "No good. What about Will's donkey, was it braying?"
"Why, Dave, does Suyvesant's annoying noise law apply to jackasses?"
"Yes, but you'll need a special prosecutor who specializes in ass."
"You're hired! Break out the executive session."