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GA Supreme Court: Pets are property

Earlier this year, I posted about a “wrongful death” case regarding a beloved family dog.  Today, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a decision in this case.  The court upheld Georgia precedent and what a majority of the state courts have held: animals are property, no matter how sentimental they are to a family.  Thus, the compensation for loss of a pet is the actual value of the animal to its owner (plus interest) — plus the reasonable costs of veterinary care.  The case was remanded so that the trial court could properly determine the actual value of the dog and what vet bills were reasonable.

Categories Divorce Mediation and LawLawsuits
Tags Pets
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