This paper discusses recovery of damages in cases involving injury or death to pets and other animals. Part I describes the legal classification of animals as property and its impact on damage recovery. Part II explains the valuation methods used in assessing economic damages for the loss of an animal, namely the animal’s fair market value and intrinsic value. Part III discusses non-economic damages that may be available for the loss of a pet, such as emotional distress, loss of companionship, and punitive or exemplary damages. This part also discusses legislative action that provides for the recovery of non-economic losses for animals. Author, Cynthia Hodges, J.D., LL.M., M.A., is a Washington-state licensed attorney who has experience in animal. More information at www.cynthiahodges.com. Disclaimer: An attorney-client relationship is only formed once a fee agreement is signed by the attorney and the client.
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