Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Pets: Another Legal Frontier
A couple in VT filed suit for damages and emotional distress after their dog was fatally shot for walking onto a man's property. Historically, courts have only allowed pet owners to collect expenses such as purchase price and veterinary bills, but a growing number of cases are asking that they recognize the companionship a pet offers. Animal law expert Geordie Duckler believes the law will change nationwide "as soon as some good appellate panel recognizes this special relationship." Click to read more in The Dallas Morning News.