How Much is Your Dog Worth?
Ask me or my wife what our dogs are worth and
we would tell you...whatever it takes. Our dogs are our family and nothing we could do would be enough in our view
Sadly...that's not always the
I recently read an article by a vet who
mentioned that he has clients who would put their dog downbefore spending $900 on medical care. They hadn't really
bonded to her anyway., they continued. (No wonder)
In my view people like this are despicable
and are unfit dog guardians.
I have ranted that if you have a dog,
have a savings account, an unused credit card, pet insurance...SOME KIND of PLAN in
case of emergency
Killing your dog is not a plan ...it is cruel, selfish and a disgusting
And unfortunately it has been tantamount to
the law of the land for eons.
The Law is NOT a Friend to Fido
The Texas Supreme Court ruled... against a Fort Worth family that sued for the sentimental value of their dog after
it was mistakenly euthanized at a Fort Worth animal shelter.
The case was being watched by animal advocates, pet product manufacturers and veterinary groups after the Court of
Appeals ruled that owners can claim sentimental value for their deceased pets, overturning a 120-year-old state
Supreme Court decision stating that a person can only sue for the market value of a pet.
But the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, stood by its precedent and said that a pet owner's attachment to a
family pet, while unquestionable, is also uncompensable..
(Veterinary groups sighed in relief upon learning that they would not have higher malpractice insurance rates
and risks of liability for negligence.)
"We acknowledge the grief of those whose companions are negligently killed. Relational attachment is
unquestionable. But it is also uncompensable......
The Medlens sued after their dog,..... was mistakenly euthanized several years ago.
The dogs had escaped from the back yard during a thunderstorm.... Medlen went to the animal shelter to get his dog
but found out he had to pay $80 ... Medlen didn't have the cash on hand but was told he could come back to claim
He returned to the shelter the next day,(and) learned that a veterinarian would have to implant a microchip in the
dog. A "hold for the owner" sign was placed on the dog's cage ...... when he returned to he learned that his dog
had been euthanized by mistake.
The gist of the ruling according to an attorney was that finding in favor of the family , ....would have a
"devastating effect on the economy, forcing veterinarians to pay more for malpractice insurance and pet owners to
pay more for vet visits."
END excerpts from
www.star-telegram.com and various sources
REALLY? Are they serious??
We live in a world where every gripe is now a civil rights issue... if you have it in your heart...take up the
banner for the rights of our dogs simply to live...and an acknowledgement that their lives DO HAVE
What is our dog worth?... each one is PRICELESS and worth the world to us