If a dog is killed through someone’s negligence, is the owner entitled to compensation for just the monetary value of the animal (usually not much) or also for the “sentimental value” that come from the owner’s emotional attachment to the pet? After all, family heirlooms–such as your grandfather’s watch or a piece of jewelry that has been handed down from generation to generation–can have a claimed value greater than the material cost. Why not a family pet?
The Texas Supreme Court just ruled on this matter. What do you think it ruled? What do you think it should have ruled? Think about that, then after the jump read about the court’s decision and George Will’s account of the case. Do you agree with what he says about it? [Read more…]