Q: How do the courts in California determine the monetary value of a dog when its considered personal property?
In 2013 , my friend bought a 6 month old purebred puppy for $2,500. He bought him as a pet, not to be bred. At 7years of age, he was stolen and used to sire a total of 8 purebred puppies. The puppies were then sold for $3,000 each. His dog could have continued to sire more puppies for at least 2 more years, each puppy still selling for $3,000.
If the people who stole his dog are prosecuted, the value of the dog would need to be determined to charge the thieves with a either a misdemeanor or a felony crime. How would the courts determine the value of his dog? Thanks!
A: An expert in that breed of dog with knowledge of the market price considering the age, gender, and quality would have to testify.
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