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No Easy Decision - The Value of Pets

You can sign a prenuptial agreement for your pet, you can sue for injuries to your pet, and you can even bury your pet in a pet cemetery, but you can't sue for emotional damages when your pet dies after treatment by a veterinarian.

At least in Tallahassee, Florida. But if you're in Miami, go right ahead. (see Johnson v. Wander and Knowles Animal Hospital Inc. v. Wills).

Go figure.

Robert Burns Kennedy tried to sue his basset hound's vet, Albert Byas, for emotional damages after "Fred" died on the operating table. The Court said no, writing that a dog may feel like family, but Florida law classifies canines as personal property, not kin.

But, this new ruling may conflict with the Florida Supreme Court's decision in La Porte v. Associated Independents, Inc. It's not an easy concept, as this other law-review style article points out.

Sounds to me like someone may be barking up the wrong tree.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 09:33 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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