Fort Lauderdale, FL asked in Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Florida

Q: Dog injured in hit/run. Police say it's not personal property. How do I prove it is, in FL? Statute?

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Can't tell why you're asking - for insurance coverage purposes? A dog that you own is your personal property, and you may sue the driver and owner of the vehicle that struck your dog for your vet bills, and if your dog dies, for the fair market value of your dog. In some circumstances, you may also sue for your own emotional distress. But it sounds like you don't know who struck your dog. If you're wondering about whether any insurance policy of yours covers this, that depends solely on the language of the policy, not on any statute.

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