There has been a long history of pets being valued as property. When a pet was lost through negligence or an intentional act of violence the owner could only recover the "market value" of the animal. The laws are finally evolving to acknowledge that pets hold an important place in our hearts and in our families. They cannot be held to the same standard as a chair or other type of personal property. I hope no one ever has to experience the anguish of a lost pet, but if they do, the law is now starting to provide better compensation for that loss.
Court Ruling Allows Pet Owners To Sue for Sentimental Value: How Will This Affect You? | MyEVT
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