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Old 02-12-2020, 03:57 AM   #1
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Default How much is a dog's life worth?

In NY how much is a dog's life worth in a death of a dog case?
Can the family sue for over 10,000 dollars?
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:42 AM   #2
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Unless the dog was a show dog who had won large amounts of money, no. The law considers dogs and other pets to be chattel, or equivalent to a piece of furniture. It does not take into account emotional value.

Essentially you are entitled to “replacement cost“. That means the market value of purchasing another dog of the same breed, age, etc.
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Interesting indeed. Can somebody answer this i really like to know also.
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Old 02-12-2020, 10:22 AM   #4
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Courts are slowly and rarely carving out exceptions to the animal as property rules.

Read about it at the following pages:

https://www.animallaw.info/article/o...als-pet-losses

https://www.animallaw.info/article/d...-decisions-and

https://www.animallaw.info/cases/topic/pet-damages
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Old 02-13-2020, 02:44 AM   #5
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Courts follow different legal standards to decide how much a dog or cat’s loss is worth, and whether pet owners are entitled to compensation for their emotional distress. While most Americans treat their companion animals like members of the family, the law generally treats them like personal property. Still, the rules vary from state to state when people sue over a pet’s injury or death. Courts in most states limit the compensation to the owner’s economic losses. But in cases involving deliberate or malicious wrongdoing, some states allow courts to award compensation for the owner’s emotional suffering or extra money as a form of punishment.
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