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Old 09-05-2014, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I LOVE MARYLAND!!! A family has been awarded $600,000 for pain and suffering after their dog was shot by police.

"A jury’s decision to award a family $600,000 in damages for pain and suferring as result of their dog being shot by a Fredrick County Sheriff Deputy, was upheld this week by a Montgomery County Judge."

Besides shooting the dog when it wasn't necessary, the deputies entered the owner's home illegally. Doesn't say if the officers are still working or not.

"The Jenkins’ lawyer Cary J. Hansel said verdict, "The verdict makes it clear that Maryland citizens will not tolerate the killing and maiming of innocent family pets by those in positions of power." He noted that the law was lagging behind society's view that pets are more than property and are seen as family members. "I think it's important for the development of the law that pets be treated as animal family members."

Read more at Family awarded $600,000 for pain and suffering after their dog was shot by police » DogHeirs | Where Dogs Are Family « Keywords: Frederick County, Maryland, dog shooting
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That's good news.

Maybe after municipalities realize that some of their PO's are going to be costing them money they will keep their weapons holstered and stay off of people's property when they have no business being there.

They could have used that $600,000 to educate the entire PD about dogs but instead ended up giving it away.
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That's good news.

Maybe after municipalities realize that some of their PO's are going to be costing them money they will keep their weapons holstered and stay off of people's property when they have no business being there.

They could have used that $600,000 to educate the entire PD about dogs but instead ended up giving it away.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wish it worked. Same agency shot another dog a year later, lost it's leg. They also got a big settlement.
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I thought this was interesting about the verdict and amount awarded from another site: "The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), and other industry groups have urged the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to throw out the jury award for emotional distress. These groups make enormous profits off of the emotional bond between humans and animal companions. Yet these same groups hypocritically seek to limit damages solely to an animal's "economic" or "market" value in the courts."

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It does set a dangerous precedent for vets. The AKC has always been about the almighty dollar...
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it could be a slippery slope towards animals not being considered property. Which would be a dangerous step for all pet owners
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it could be a slippery slope towards animals not being considered property. Which would be a dangerous step for all pet owners
I think you're right, I hadn't consider that possibility.
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I think the award is justified. Not sure how I stand on the "not property" issue. A dog surely isn't a chair but to give them the same status as people might raise all kinds of problems.
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My dogs aren't my property. They are living breathing companions. They need to have more rights somewhere. No apologies and answers like it had to be done sure don't help a famy out that just lost a pet or have a pet severely injured. They would never want me on a jury in a case like this.
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