Is a dead goldfish like a dead dog for damages purposes? State’s top court to decide

Hearing oral arguments last week about a Texas law that provides for “sentimental” damages for the loss of treasured objects, but not living pets, some judges on the state’s top court appeared a bit skeptical, the Associated Press reports. If such damages were to be applied to the loss of pets, justices wondered aloud, would a dead goldfish be treated in the same manner as a dead dog? Plaintiffs Jeremy and Kathryn Medlen of Fort Worth filed the suit after their dog was mistakenly euthanized by an animal shelter in 2009. However, the shelter points out that damages for emotional…

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Is a dead goldfish like a dead dog for damages purposes? State’s top court to decide