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2012-11-02 08:49:54 AM  

MurphyMurphy: yes owner, you aren't his/her parent ffs


I just say human. He's my dog, I'm his human. It's a special kind of relationship, different but similar to parent/child.
 
2012-11-02 08:51:46 AM  
I hope the guy takes advantage of the free adoption though, once he's ready. I'm always in favor of getting dogs out of shelters, but this shelter in particular seems like one you'd want to help clear out ASAP.
 
2012-11-02 08:52:53 AM  

Wade_Wilson: I'd love to see someone jumping up and down and shrieking with glee because their dog got its balls cut off.


Who wouldn't?
 
2012-11-02 08:54:14 AM  

calm like a bomb: FitzShivering: You all are much nicer than I am. If you "accidentally euthanize" my dog, I'll sue you into the ground and make sure whoever was in charge never works again.

/Assuming its from laxity, if there's some bizarre, completely understandable reason, I'll just sue you

No, you won't. Not a criminal matter. Most lawyers won't touch animal cases as there is no money for them there. Even if you file it yourself, most states will allow recovery of material costs (such as medical care, of which there isn't any) and replacement. You'd be lucky to get a thousand bucks.

I get the sentiment, but the courts will not help you here.


Are you under the impression that lawsuits are "criminal matters"?

And, from experience, you happen to be wrong. I'm not sure why you're talking off your ass, but having gone through a vet killing a perfectly healthy animal out of absolute incompetency, I know that:

1) There are lawyers who will take the case
2) You can in fact file the suit yourself, should be somewhat inclined in legal matters
3) You wouldn't just be "lucky to get a thousand bucks." Many but the smallest of vets are actual businesses, and have insurance and lawyers, who offer a pretty immediate settlement in these cases.
4) A judge that holds an animal as private property can inflict various damages
5) A judge that holds an animal as a "family member" (more liberal judges can do this), can hammer someone over it.
6) You can indeed have the person stripped from working in your state
7) The news media loves it when vets "accidentally" kill a lot of healthy dogs and cats
8) In fact, vets can actually be charged with malpractice.

I know it seems fun to just "intuit" things online when you think you understand an area, but sometimes it helps to learn things for spewing shiat on the internet.
 
2012-11-02 08:55:04 AM  

serial_crusher: different but similar to parent/child.


I would say it's more of a master/slave relationship.
 
2012-11-02 08:56:18 AM  
Homeless shelters could save a lot of money this way.

Also, if your dog is really all that cute the needle will just fall right out of their hands.
 
2012-11-02 08:56:30 AM  
I would definitely not want to be the person who had to tell someone, "Yeah about that dog or yours, unfortunately he died. Well it wasn't so much that he died, actually we killed him."
 
2012-11-02 08:58:15 AM  

Cold_Sassy: gopher321: Hey, shiat happens.

You sure do make your fellow Total Farkers proud, I bet.


Oh, I'm sorry. I missed the part where the animal shelter personnel cackled evilly while slowly injecting the poison and taunting the dog with bacon then snatching it away.

Lemme guess, you would have screamed lawsuit and/or marched in there with an Uzi if it was your dog?
 
2012-11-02 08:59:39 AM  

kronicfeld: mr_a: Terrible story and hope it never happens to anyone.

Still, if you had kept your "one true dog's" vaccinations up to date, he never would have been in a position to be euthanized by incompetent workers.

"Still, if you'd picked your child up from school on time, you never would've been in a position for that negligent driver to run a red light and kill you both."


Really? That's the argument you're going to go with here?
Personally I would have gone with the Chewbacca defense.
 
2012-11-02 09:01:02 AM  
Well, now there are three things you can do with your dog: we can burn him, bury him, or dump him.
.
 
2012-11-02 09:06:05 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Earguy: Horrible, yes, but what else can you ask for? A cash settlement too? No matter what, you can't get your dead loved one back.

/didn't read the article

The dog's owner doesn't want a settlement. All he's asking for is just an assurance that this won't happen again.


He should be assured. It's not like they're going to kill that dog again.
 
2012-11-02 09:08:18 AM  

Carth: Dog owner should be allowed to euthanize a loved one of whoever is responsible for the mistake.


i512.photobucket.com

"That sounds fair."
 
2012-11-02 09:08:18 AM  
No Time to Explain typed this to appear on pg 1:
Oh wow this dropped a turd on my day /hugging my dog when I get home
Then serial crusher typed to appear on this pg:
I hope the guy takes advantage of the free adoption though, once he's ready. I'm always in favor of getting dogs out of shelters, but this shelter in particular seems like one you'd want to help clear out ASAP.
Sorry to say, but as this shelter's in Chattahooga, it's not all that surprising. Those who don't keep their pets in, pls do hug them with great love & affection!
 
2012-11-02 09:12:23 AM  
Article is full of fail. "Didn't want to press charges" is something that is said when you aren't wanting the dog's human in trouble with the law, but the article tries to paint it as the pizza gal not wanting to report the dog.

She obviously reported the dog. As well she should have. She just wasn't going to have the guy arrested.
 
2012-11-02 09:18:43 AM  

gopher321: Lemme guess, you would have screamed lawsuit and/or marched in there with an Uzi if it was your dog?


I wouldn't go that far. But I'd sure be tempted to punch that fat biatch in the face.
 
2012-11-02 09:23:13 AM  
I'm no animal rights advocate, but "euthanized" is really the wrong term. To euthanize implies that you are ending something's life to end pain and suffering. You euthanize a horse that has a broken leg because it is physically unable to recover. You euthanize grandma with a bolus of morphine because that stroke has left her a vegetable with zero chance of recovery. You don't euthanize a dog that there isn't enough room in a shelter for. You killing it; you're culling it. You're not ending it's life as a favor to the animal--You're killing it because you can't take care of it.
 
2012-11-02 09:23:40 AM  

kid_icarus: "She says, 'I'm sorry, Matt, we accidentally euthanized your dog'," Sadler says.


*eyes get wide* What the fark did you just say to me?

Sorry to get all ITG, but pets become family members. You just told me you killed a member of my family. Chances are I'd just walk out the door in a state of semi-shock, but I'd be lying if I said my initial reaction was anything other than wanting to Hulk out on the place.

To be fair, that's my initial reaction to a lot of things and as an attempted civilized human being AND as someone who would prefer to not go to prison I never do so. But that's still where my brain goes whenever something isn't going my way. This box of mac and cheese won't open properly? HULK SMASH! That red light is taking too long? HULK SMASH! I stumbled over an uneven part of the sidewalk? HULK SMASH! Gamestop called me and told me my preorder of Medieval II : Total War is in when it isn't really in yet and it's already 2 or 3 days after when it was supposed to be here? HULK SMASH!

So yeah, telling me out of the blue you just killed my dog by mistake would trigger an immediate surge of adrenaline and a desire to break something or someone.
 
2012-11-02 09:26:09 AM  
I gotta say, if it had been my dog, a simply apology and assurance it wouldn't happen again wouldn't be enough. I'd want blood. When a dog is that important in your life, it's like losing a child.

/had a vet who put my dog down right as I got there, because she thought I wouldn't have the strength to do it. I didn't get to be there for the dog when she died.
//as much as I believe in forgiveness, I'm not sure how I'll ever forgive that one.
 
2012-11-02 09:26:19 AM  

FitzShivering: Are you under the impression that lawsuits are "criminal matters"?

No, just that you'd have to file civil

I'm not sure why you're talking off your ass, but having gone through a vet killing a perfectly healthy animal out of absolute incompetency, I know that:

Am veterinarian. Spouse is lawyer. Asses are well qualified.

1) There are lawyers who will take the case

Few and far between.

3) You wouldn't just be "lucky to get a thousand bucks." Many but the smallest of vets are actual businesses, and have insurance and lawyers, who offer a pretty immediate settlement in these cases.

In this case, cost of replacement only. A thousand bucks is probably pretty high. And FWIW- our malpractice doesn't work the same as MDs. We can be totally, completely in the wrong, and if we tell PLIT to fight it, they will not settle.

5) A judge that holds an animal as a "family member" (more liberal judges can do this), can hammer someone over it.

Dismissed on appeal.

6) You can indeed have the person stripped from working in your state

Who are we talking about here? Shelter staff? They aren't licensed. You have to hope their boss is as pissed as you are. Vet? Yes, you can certainly take them before the board. It's not a court matter, and it's very rare for a vet to lose a license completely.


7) The news media loves it when vets "accidentally" kill a lot of healthy dogs and cats

Not saying it doesn't happen, but they have to be very damn sure before they go off on somebody with these types of allegations. There is a guy in my state, who is an incompetent hack who had to surrender his license. The majority of the news stories? "Vet who focuses on animal care rather than costs receives support from the community he helps".


I know it seems fun to just "intuit" things online when you think you understand an area, but sometimes it helps to learn things for spewing shiat on the internet.

Right back at ya.
 
2012-11-02 09:27:43 AM  
It's just a dog. Get a new one and go on with life. Dogs are awesome and all, but they don't live forever, and they're not people.

And... If you have a "special relationship" with your dog, you may want to check your local laws and statutes because I'm pretty sure that sort of thing is illegal in most places.
 
2012-11-02 09:29:28 AM  
i527.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-02 09:30:25 AM  
[qutoe]Bathia_Mapes

All he's asking for is just an assurance that this won't happen again.
That's reasonable. Here: "Humans will never ever never make another mistake" happy now?
 
2012-11-02 09:35:19 AM  
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2012-11-02 07:10:28 AM


Earguy: Horrible, yes, but what else can you ask for? A cash settlement too? No matter what, you can't get your dead loved one back.

/didn't read the article

The dog's owner doesn't want a settlement. All he's asking for is just an assurance that this won't happen again.


No problem. I'm sure there's a simple way to prove how mistakes will never be made again.
 
2012-11-02 09:37:20 AM  

calm like a bomb: FitzShivering: You all are much nicer than I am. If you "accidentally euthanize" my dog, I'll sue you into the ground and make sure whoever was in charge never works again.

/Assuming its from laxity, if there's some bizarre, completely understandable reason, I'll just sue you

No, you won't. Not a criminal matter. Most lawyers won't touch animal cases as there is no money for them there. Even if you file it yourself, most states will allow recovery of material costs (such as medical care, of which there isn't any) and replacement. You'd be lucky to get a thousand bucks.

I get the sentiment, but the courts will not help you here.


yeah, this rolls back to when i tell people that pets don't mean shiat and that no one cares if your dog dies.

/love my dogs. but it is true, they aren't kids they are DOGS and as such are just property.
 
2012-11-02 09:38:48 AM  
I'm trying really hard to have sympathy over a dog that bites strangers getting iced. If the owner really loved his dog he would have trained it properly to not attack people playfully or not. The rest of the word does not enjoy having a large, strange animal lunging at them.
 
2012-11-02 09:43:06 AM  

SixOfDLoC: It's just a dog. Get a new one and go on with life. Dogs are awesome and all, but they don't live forever, and they're not people.


I continue to have trouble with this, letting myself care for a pet that's gonna die wayyy before I do. Can't live without one, though, help keep me sane. At the moment, I have a cat who can't stand to be petted(literally, pet her and she walks away, then comes back and sits down until you pet her again so she can run away) but vomits whenever she feels she's not getting enough attention, so, I think we have a similar mindset.
 
2012-11-02 09:43:24 AM  

mcsestretch: If this had been a cat the Internet would have shut down from all the outrage.


A cat was mistakenly euthanized in Massachusetts 5 weeks ago. This type of thing is just really heartbreaking and just makes me wonder how it happens.
 
2012-11-02 09:45:22 AM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: bluefelix: "Extensive retraining" of a few employees wouldn't be enough for me either. I think what he is asking for is perfectly reasonable. If they only put down 5 a week, it shouldn't be a big deal to have a few more administrative steps to help prevent these errors. The article makes it sound like there was a single form that said the dog had 10 days to be adopted out or be put down when it SHOULD have said the dog was under a 10 day quarantine. The kill process should be more involved.

I'm sure you volunteer your time at a local shelter, right? I mean, I'd hate to think you're sitting here criticizing the staffing levels of an animal shelter from a position of ignorance or actual apathy... I wouldn't want to start thinking people on Fark are that callous...


i49.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-02 09:45:44 AM  
How about I get to come down and punch you in the dick, once a day, for a year. then we'll be square.

sound good?
 
2012-11-02 09:47:02 AM  

calm like a bomb: FitzShivering: Are you under the impression that lawsuits are "criminal matters"?
No, just that you'd have to file civil

I'm not sure why you're talking off your ass, but having gone through a vet killing a perfectly healthy animal out of absolute incompetency, I know that:

Am veterinarian. Spouse is lawyer. Asses are well qualified.

1) There are lawyers who will take the case

Few and far between.

3) You wouldn't just be "lucky to get a thousand bucks." Many but the smallest of vets are actual businesses, and have insurance and lawyers, who offer a pretty immediate settlement in these cases.

In this case, cost of replacement only. A thousand bucks is probably pretty high. And FWIW- our malpractice doesn't work the same as MDs. We can be totally, completely in the wrong, and if we tell PLIT to fight it, they will not settle.

5) A judge that holds an animal as a "family member" (more liberal judges can do this), can hammer someone over it.

Dismissed on appeal.

6) You can indeed have the person stripped from working in your state

Who are we talking about here? Shelter staff? They aren't licensed. You have to hope their boss is as pissed as you are. Vet? Yes, you can certainly take them before the board. It's not a court matter, and it's very rare for a vet to lose a license completely.


7) The news media loves it when vets "accidentally" kill a lot of healthy dogs and cats

Not saying it doesn't happen, but they have to be very damn sure before they go off on somebody with these types of allegations. There is a guy in my state, who is an incompetent hack who had to surrender his license. The majority of the news stories? "Vet who focuses on animal care rather than costs receives support from the community he helps".


I know it seems fun to just "intuit" things online when you think you understand an area, but sometimes it helps to learn things for spewing shiat on the internet.

Right back at ya.


yeah, sounds like someone needs some perspective. no matter what YOU think of your pet, it is still just a pet, not a "family member" no matter how much you may love it, and the legal system does not care one whit about them.... elseways you could successfully sue someone that runs over your pet in the street for "pain and suffering". you might get a lawyer to take that case (an unethical one that wants to take your money) but you won't win anything but replacement costs.
 
2012-11-02 09:47:44 AM  
I can't help but feel that that there had to be better ways for the shelter to distinguish animals that are being held for a known owner from animals that are strays. I mean for Christ's sake a farking COLLAR would not be too hard to notice, would it? Or a tagging system for the cage?

The shelter obviously has some seriously flawed operating procedures and gaps in oversight/authorization. I'm guessing it probably occurred because nobody at the shelter wants to deal with euthanizing animals so they turn a blind eye to it and don't want to be involved. That's how nobody else noticed that they were dealing with the wrong dog.
 
2012-11-02 09:49:17 AM  

calm like a bomb: FitzShivering: Are you under the impression that lawsuits are "criminal matters"?
No, just that you'd have to file civil

I'm not sure why you're talking off your ass, but having gone through a vet killing a perfectly healthy animal out of absolute incompetency, I know that:

Am veterinarian. Spouse is lawyer. Asses are well qualified.

1) There are lawyers who will take the case

Few and far between.

3) You wouldn't just be "lucky to get a thousand bucks." Many but the smallest of vets are actual businesses, and have insurance and lawyers, who offer a pretty immediate settlement in these cases.

In this case, cost of replacement only. A thousand bucks is probably pretty high. And FWIW- our malpractice doesn't work the same as MDs. We can be totally, completely in the wrong, and if we tell PLIT to fight it, they will not settle.

5) A judge that holds an animal as a "family member" (more liberal judges can do this), can hammer someone over it.

Dismissed on appeal.

6) You can indeed have the person stripped from working in your state

Who are we talking about here? Shelter staff? They aren't licensed. You have to hope their boss is as pissed as you are. Vet? Yes, you can certainly take them before the board. It's not a court matter, and it's very rare for a vet to lose a license completely.


7) The news media loves it when vets "accidentally" kill a lot of healthy dogs and cats

Not saying it doesn't happen, but they have to be very damn sure before they go off on somebody with these types of allegations. There is a guy in my state, who is an incompetent hack who had to surrender his license. The majority of the news stories? "Vet who focuses on animal care rather than costs receives support from the community he helps".


I know it seems fun to just "intuit" things online when you think you understand an area, but sometimes it helps to learn things for spewing shiat on the internet.

Right back at ya.


images.sodahead.com
 
2012-11-02 09:49:55 AM  

Tomfoolery Rules Over Logical Living: mcsestretch: If this had been a cat the Internet would have shut down from all the outrage.

A cat was mistakenly euthanized in Massachusetts 5 weeks ago. This type of thing is just really heartbreaking and just makes me wonder how it happens.


give me a break. if your heart is broken over a farking PET, how in the hell do you handle REAL tragedy??

/no, the death of a pet is not a tragedy. Sad? Perhaps. But not tragic.
 
2012-11-02 09:52:21 AM  
I live in this area - the shelter in question is supposed to be a no-kill shelter, not a kill-some, don't-kill-others shelter. If they were sticking to the no-kill policy, this could not have happened.

The reputation of this shelter been steadily declining for a couple of years now. This is not going to help at all.
 
2012-11-02 09:53:01 AM  

Matthew Keene: tbhouston: Umm.. you know animals are not people right?

I know this is a troll 1/10, just because I am responding

My cat is every bit possessing of the rights of a creature on this planet. Same as you and me.


media.windingroad.com

/yes, your cat deserves the exact same rights
 
2012-11-02 09:56:24 AM  

frepnog: Tomfoolery Rules Over Logical Living: mcsestretch: If this had been a cat the Internet would have shut down from all the outrage.

A cat was mistakenly euthanized in Massachusetts 5 weeks ago. This type of thing is just really heartbreaking and just makes me wonder how it happens.

give me a break. if your heart is broken over a farking PET, how in the hell do you handle REAL tragedy??

/no, the death of a pet is not a tragedy. Sad? Perhaps. But not tragic.


Yeah only monetary losses are tragic. Fark social interaciton, cash is where it's at.
 
2012-11-02 09:59:50 AM  

FitzShivering: calm like a bomb: FitzShivering: You all are much nicer than I am. If you "accidentally euthanize" my dog, I'll sue you into the ground and make sure whoever was in charge never works again.

/Assuming its from laxity, if there's some bizarre, completely understandable reason, I'll just sue you

No, you won't. Not a criminal matter. Most lawyers won't touch animal cases as there is no money for them there. Even if you file it yourself, most states will allow recovery of material costs (such as medical care, of which there isn't any) and replacement. You'd be lucky to get a thousand bucks.

I get the sentiment, but the courts will not help you here.

Are you under the impression that lawsuits are "criminal matters"?

And, from experience, you happen to be wrong. I'm not sure why you're talking off your ass, but having gone through a vet killing a perfectly healthy animal out of absolute incompetency, I know that:

1) There are lawyers who will take the case
2) You can in fact file the suit yourself, should be somewhat inclined in legal matters
3) You wouldn't just be "lucky to get a thousand bucks." Many but the smallest of vets are actual businesses, and have insurance and lawyers, who offer a pretty immediate settlement in these cases.
4) A judge that holds an animal as private property can inflict various damages
5) A judge that holds an animal as a "family member" (more liberal judges can do this), can hammer someone over it.
6) You can indeed have the person stripped from working in your state
7) The news media loves it when vets "accidentally" kill a lot of healthy dogs and cats
8) In fact, vets can actually be charged with malpractice.

I know it seems fun to just "intuit" things online when you think you understand an area, but sometimes it helps to learn things for spewing shiat on the internet.


In all seriousness, you are talking about a vet above. I can understand that, but do you think the courts will hold a licensed vet with a practice to the same standard of care as people working at animal shelters? Doubtful.
 
2012-11-02 10:03:22 AM  

frepnog: Tomfoolery Rules Over Logical Living: mcsestretch: If this had been a cat the Internet would have shut down from all the outrage.

A cat was mistakenly euthanized in Massachusetts 5 weeks ago. This type of thing is just really heartbreaking and just makes me wonder how it happens.

give me a break. if your heart is broken over a farking PET, how in the hell do you handle REAL tragedy??

/no, the death of a pet is not a tragedy. Sad? Perhaps. But not tragic.


Good point. I heard about what happened when you ran out of cheetos in your parents' basement last weekend while your internet service was out. Good lord what a tragedy that was, let's hope that doesn't happen again.
 
2012-11-02 10:03:52 AM  

frepnog: Tomfoolery Rules Over Logical Living: mcsestretch: If this had been a cat the Internet would have shut down from all the outrage.

A cat was mistakenly euthanized in Massachusetts 5 weeks ago. This type of thing is just really heartbreaking and just makes me wonder how it happens.

give me a break. if your heart is broken over a farking PET, how in the hell do you handle REAL tragedy??

/no, the death of a pet is not a tragedy. Sad? Perhaps. But not tragic.


Funny, that's what we were thinking about your demise.
 
2012-11-02 10:07:21 AM  

notyomama: I live in this area - the shelter in question is supposed to be a no-kill shelter, not a kill-some, don't-kill-others shelter. If they were sticking to the no-kill policy, this could not have happened.


There is pretty much no such thing as a "no-kill" shelter. All of them do euthanize animals- the difference is that some euthanize based on some time rubric, and some euthanize based on health and adoptability of the animal. No "no-kill" shelter is going to deal long term with an aggressive, unsocialized dog, and nor should they. They also aren't going to put themselves on the hook for an elderly cat with chronic renal disease. Bottom line- this was a paperwork error, and a tragedy, but there is no shelter anywhere that will ever completely eliminate the chances of this happening again.
 
2012-11-02 10:10:26 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Earguy: Horrible, yes, but what else can you ask for? A cash settlement too? No matter what, you can't get your dead loved one back.

/didn't read the article

The dog's owner doesn't want a settlement. All he's asking for is just an assurance that this won't happen again.


...and what would that "assurance" look like, exactly? A post-it note with "Our bad, won't do it again. XOXO" written on it?
 
zeg
2012-11-02 10:12:10 AM  

frepnog: elseways you could successfully sue someone that runs over your pet in the street for "pain and suffering"


0.tqn.com 
Mayhaps you desire to draw attention to yourself by using obscure, faux-archaic words?

I'd have thought "otherwise" would have done nicely. In any case, there's a profound difference between hitting a dog that runs into the street unexpectedly and injecting poison into a quarantined dog. Believe it or not, it's possible for a judge to distinguish between these two scenarios.
 
2012-11-02 10:13:08 AM  

frepnog: Tomfoolery Rules Over Logical Living: mcsestretch: If this had been a cat the Internet would have shut down from all the outrage.

A cat was mistakenly euthanized in Massachusetts 5 weeks ago. This type of thing is just really heartbreaking and just makes me wonder how it happens.

give me a break. if your heart is broken over a farking PET, how in the hell do you handle REAL tragedy??

/no, the death of a pet is not a tragedy. Sad? Perhaps. But not tragic.


Glad I'm not YOUR pet
 
2012-11-02 10:21:00 AM  

calm like a bomb: FitzShivering: You all are much nicer than I am. If you "accidentally euthanize" my dog, I'll sue you into the ground and make sure whoever was in charge never works again.

/Assuming its from laxity, if there's some bizarre, completely understandable reason, I'll just sue you

No, you won't. Not a criminal matter. Most lawyers won't touch animal cases as there is no money for them there. Even if you file it yourself, most states will allow recovery of material costs (such as medical care, of which there isn't any) and replacement. You'd be lucky to get a thousand bucks.

I get the sentiment, but the courts will not help you here.


Are you sure about that?
$45K
$65K
 
2012-11-02 10:22:32 AM  
According to Walsh, McKamey euthanizes on average about five dogs a week. Most of those have shown aggression.

And some of them just had it coming.
 
2012-11-02 10:23:15 AM  

serial_crusher: but this shelter in particular seems like one you'd want to help clear out ASAP.


Ironically, they don't need help clearing anything out.
 
2012-11-02 10:24:57 AM  

Iceman_Cometh: calm like a bomb: FitzShivering: You all are much nicer than I am. If you "accidentally euthanize" my dog, I'll sue you into the ground and make sure whoever was in charge never works again.

/Assuming its from laxity, if there's some bizarre, completely understandable reason, I'll just sue you

No, you won't. Not a criminal matter. Most lawyers won't touch animal cases as there is no money for them there. Even if you file it yourself, most states will allow recovery of material costs (such as medical care, of which there isn't any) and replacement. You'd be lucky to get a thousand bucks.

I get the sentiment, but the courts will not help you here.

Are you sure about that?
$45K
$65K


It really would depend on jurisdiction. Some states have very pet-friendly laws and will be more generous in these kinds of cases, but I believe most still go by the "pets are property" standard and go strictly by property value.
 
2012-11-02 10:24:59 AM  

Matthew Keene: My cat is every bit possessing of the rights of a creature on this planet. Same as you and me.


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-02 10:25:08 AM  

Iceman_Cometh: calm like a bomb: FitzShivering: You all are much nicer than I am. If you "accidentally euthanize" my dog, I'll sue you into the ground and make sure whoever was in charge never works again.

/Assuming its from laxity, if there's some bizarre, completely understandable reason, I'll just sue you

No, you won't. Not a criminal matter. Most lawyers won't touch animal cases as there is no money for them there. Even if you file it yourself, most states will allow recovery of material costs (such as medical care, of which there isn't any) and replacement. You'd be lucky to get a thousand bucks.

I get the sentiment, but the courts will not help you here.

Are you sure about that?
$45K
$65K


1. Neither case involved someone who works with animals and was negligent as part of their job duties, so it's not the most direct of comparisons.
2. Let's see how these hold up on appeal.

I'm not saying you can't find an outlier or two, but the majority of the time the law is interpreted pretty narrowly here- costs incurred for treatment and replacement only. Not saying that's right, just that it's what it is.
 
2012-11-02 10:26:10 AM  

zeg: frepnog: elseways you could successfully sue someone that runs over your pet in the street for "pain and suffering"

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Mayhaps you desire to draw attention to yourself by using obscure, faux-archaic words?

I'd have thought "otherwise" would have done nicely. In any case, there's a profound difference between hitting a dog that runs into the street unexpectedly and injecting poison into a quarantined dog. Believe it or not, it's possible for a judge to distinguish between these two scenarios.


and believe it or not, any judge worth his robes would still only award replacement costs (or loss if income possibly if it was a working animal).

guys - some of you really take your pets a bit too seriously. I love my dogs but they are just that - dogs.

//some of you people talk about pets as if they are people. Talk to a parent that has lost a child about how much it hurts to lose a PET. Get some farking perspective.
 
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