Fort Worth, TX asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas

Q: My dog was tortured to death have vet statements witnesses,videos,physical evidence to hold individual responsible

I live on SSI trying to find Attorney that will work with me

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: While an attorney may accept such a case, remember that your damages for the death of a dog is the fair market value of the dog. Pets and other animals are considered personal property. Courts do not award "pain" or "mental anguish" damages based on the dog's suffering or non-economic damages like loss of companionship for your loss of your dog.

A highly trained service dog or rare papered pedigree may justify a decent amount of damages. A mutt adopted from a shelter isn't going to justify much in damages.

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