Thursday, April 30, 2009

Boca woman wins $30,000 in lawsuit over Rottweiler's death

A jury awarded a Boca Raton woman $30,000, including $20,000 for intrinsic value, in a case involving the death of a Rottweiler named Newton at a kennel. According to an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the woman sued for negligence because the kennel didn't take Newton to a veterinarian or call to tell her the animal was sick when she boarded him and another dog named Einstein. Both dogs became sick. Einstein eventually recovered, but Newton died.

The case was handled by South Florida animal law attorney Marcy LaHart. It's good to see that courts and juries are starting to award damages based on the intrinsic value of a companion animal. Far too often in the past the damages in these types of cases have been based on the "property" classification of animals and people were only able to collect an animal's replacement value.

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