Charleston, SC asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation, Small Claims and Personal Injury for South Carolina

Q: I and my dog were detained by law enforcement in a hot car. Despite my pleas to please let us out or to give my dog

Water or to let me turn on my car to provide AC for my dog, the policemen would not let me do anything to help my dog despite me pleading with them. My dog died of heat stroke. Can I hold those policemen responsible for Bear's death? I may be reached at:

1 Lawyer Answer
Roy Willey
Roy Willey
  • Charleston, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: I am so sorry that happened to you. As to a case, potentially, yes but generally in South Carolina pets are only reimbursed at “market value” as property. However, you may also have a case against them depending on the nature of your detention. Be advised state agencies are subject to a shorter (2 year) statute of limitations in SC with a few exceptions.

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