What is the loss of your pet worth under the law?
If someone kills your dog, should you be able to sue for emotional distress or suffering caused by the loss? Most courts have said no. The Stanford Journal of Animal Law & Policy recently published an article stating that this is the best policy and in the best interest of the pets themselves. This may be a tough sell for pet owners.
Courts and Legislatures Have Kept the Proper Leash on Pet Injury Lawsuits: Why Rejecting Emotion-Based Damages Promotes The Rule of Law, Modern Values, and Animal Welfare | Stanford Law School Student Journals.