While your Labrador may be priceless to you, in dollar terms a “dog gone” has no worth in Texas.
The Texas Supreme Court upheld on Friday that bereaved dog owners can’t sue for emotional damages when someone else is to blame for the death of a pet.
A Fort Worth family had challenged the law after an animal shelter mistakenly euthanized their Labrador Retriever in 2009.
Justice Don Willet wrote the 25-page opinion. He opened with an admirable dog passage from the poet Lord Byron and also refereed to the heartache wrought by “Old Yeller.”
But Willet concluded that “the human-animal bond, while undeniable” is not worth compensation.
Texas does award damages for pets with economic value, like s a pedigree show dog.
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