Appalling Animal Abuse Case Sought to Break Legal Ground
A family had been seeking $1.6 million in damages from a neighbor who, they claim, intentionally ran over their 14-year-old cocker spaniel/Labrador retriever, Grizz, two years ago. Incredibly, Grizz survived but was so badly injured that he had to be put down.
If the family had prevailed, it would have been the first time that someone was compensated in a lawsuit for emotional loss because of a pet's death.
At present, pets are defined as property, and their monetary value is pretty much limited to the cost of the animal and its medical bills.
But anyone who has a companion animal knows that their worth is beyond calculation, much as it is with humans we love.
The defendant claims he ran over Grizz, who was sleeping in a private drive, by accident. However, his own two teenage daughters told investigators he ran the dog over four times. They tried to rescue him themselves, screaming at their father to stop, which he didn't do.
A judge Tuesday threw out the "loss of companionship" portion of the claim but is allowing other aspects of the case to proceed.
To read more about it - and see a picture of Grizz - click here.