Texas court rules owners cannot sue for emotional damages

04/7/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that owners cannot seek monetary compensation for the emotional loss suffered when a pet is killed. The ruling comes in the case of a family whose dog was mistakenly euthanized at a Texas shelter after it ran away from home. They sued for damages related to the loss of companionship. "Pets are property in the eyes of the law, and we decline to permit non-economic damages rooted solely in an owner's subjective feelings ... and as a matter of law an owner's affection for a dog (or ferret, or parakeet, or tarantula) is not compensable," wrote Justice Don Willett.

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