A Texas appeals court ruled that a Fort Worth couple can sue for more than their dog's market value after the family pet escaped from their home and was later mistakenly euthanized at a shelter. The ruling, the first of its kind, is worrisome, says attorney Paul Boudloche. "This has a significant impact, economic impact, particularly for veterinarians who may end up having to practice defensive medicine, increasing the cost for everybody taking their pets to a vet."

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