Cynthia Greear and her two dogs were attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull in Lakewood, Washington. One of the dogs was killed and the other was badly injured.
The attack continued even after neighbors intervened. The owner of the pit bull is reportedly taking full responsibility for the attack and offered to pay Ms. Greear’s veterinary bill.
As the recent pet food litigation suggests, compensation for injuries to loved pets is a quickly-developing area of the law. Many pet owners believe their pets have intrinsic value and are not simply judged by market worth like a car or other piece of personal property. The pit bull owner in this case might wish to tender any claim made to his or her homeowners’ insurance company.
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