Claim of the Week: Puppy love

Via Advisen and the Houston Chronicle:

FORT WORTH — A Texas appeals court reinstated a couple’s lawsuit against an animal shelter that accidentally euthanized their 8-year-old dog, ruling that they can sue to recover the sentimental value of their pet.

Randy Turner, the attorney for plaintiffs Jeremy and Katherine Medlen, said this would be the first time in Texas that someone could sue for a pet’s sentimental value.

“No matter how attached they were to their pet, and no matter how devastated they were by its death … they (had been) only entitled to the ‘market value’ of the animal,” Turner said.

A lower court judge had dismissed the Medlens’ lawsuit over the death of their Labrador mixed breed, Avery, saying they could only sue for the market value of the pet, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on Saturday.

Doggie malpractice can’t be far away.


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