The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that bereaved dog owners cannot file lawsuits calling for their pets’ sentimental value.
The Dallas Morning News reported on Friday that, per the ruling, dog owners can only be legally compensated for the market cost of their pets.
“Under Texas common law, the human-animal bond, while undeniable, is uncompensable,” Justice Don R. Willett wrote in the court’s unanimous decision, which reversed a ruling by the state 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth.
The lower court’s ruling allowed a Fort Worth couple, Jeremy and Kathryn Medlen, to sue a local animal shelter for mistakenly euthanizing their dog, Avery, in 2009. The dog had escaped the Medlens’ home during a storm and was picked up by the shelter.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the shelter mistakenly put Avery to sleep while Jeremy Medlen was getting the money needed to claim him.
The couple’s attorney, Randy Turner, told KXAS-TV that they wanted to change the existing state guidelines more than any monetary compensation.
“You can recover the sentimental value of a photo of your dog if it’s destroyed, but you cannot recover the sentimental value of a dog if it’s destroyed,” Turner said.
Watch KXAS’ report on the ruling, aired Friday, below.
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‘The election could be over before any votes are cast’: AP reporter breaks down Trump’s recession fears
President Donald Trump's re-election campaign could be destroyed by a recession before a single vote is cast, an Associated Press reporter explained on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" on Monday.
Guest host John Heilemann read a quote from AP White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire.
"[P]rivately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won’t look so good come Election Day. ... Though a pre-election recession here is far from certain, a downturn would be a devastating blow to the president, who has made a strong economy his central argument for a second term," Lemire reported. "And White House economic advisers see few options for reversing course should the economy start to slip."
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Latino voter who backed the GOP for 20 years finally reaches his breaking point after Trump makes racism mainstream again
An Arizona immigration attorney has decided to leave the Republican party after 20 years because of the GOP's inability to rein in President Donald Trump's racist impulses, reports Fox 12.
Yasser Sanchez, a volunteer and donor for the Republican party, explained why he feels betrayed by the GOP.
"I didn't vote for Trump but still stayed with the Republican Party," Sanchez said. "I can no longer stand by and wait for the storm that is Trumpism to go by to feel comfortable defending a party that crazily doesn't want brown people or minorities in it."