Fight for Animals’ Intrinsic Value In Wrongful Death of Dog
Barking Hound Village v Monyak
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in support of a family suing a Georgia kennel for gross negligence that allegedly led to the death of the family’s dog.
When the case made it to the Supreme Court of Georgia, we urged the court to affirm an earlier Court of Appeals decision permitting damages that exceed market value, but also to include non-economic elements. The brief argued that companion animals, like Lola, are family members whose value to their guardians far exceeds their negligible market value.
In 2016, the Supreme Court of Georgia partly affirmed and partly reversed the appellate court’s decision — holding that in a lawsuit involving the death or injury of a pet, the correct measure of damages is the animal’s fair market value plus reasonable medical costs, but not non-economic elements like the animal’s intrinsic value to his or her family.
Significantly, the court held that a plaintiff can recover reasonable veterinary costs, even when they exceed an animal’s market value, which recognizes animals as a unique form of property under the law.
Kentucky has amended its law prohibiting veterinarians from reporting suspected animal cruelty. Advocates worked for years to change this law, which had good intentions regarding personal privacy but unintended consequences for animal victims of abuse.July 9, 2020 Animal Law Update
Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund announced a settlement agreement with the West Virginia State Police, State Trooper Seth Cook, and Colonel C.R. “Jay” Smithers, in a lawsuit filed after Tiffanie Hupp intervened when Officer Cook drew his gun and aimed it at the family dog, Buddy.July 8, 2020 Press Release
The Animal Legal Defense Fund announced that a settlement agreement has been reached with the Animal Kingdom pet store in a high-profile lawsuit over a puppy laundering scheme to unlawfully circumvent the California "retail pet sale ban" — a law that bans the sale of dogs from commercial breeders, commonly called puppy mills.June 17, 2020 Press Release
Martinez v. Robledo; Workman v. Klause
Sherman v. Kissinger; Sexton v. Brown; Brinton v. Codoni
Jessica Loy et. al. v. Trina Kenney et. al.