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Shotgunned Puppy?

Posted by Bill on December 13, 2007

A small story in the Charlotte Observer, Story, of a Bessemer City, NC, man that was arrested after he shot his neighbor’s 3 month old puppy.  This guy was charged with cruelty to animals and discharging a firearm in the city limits for using a 12 gauge shotgun on the puppy.  This was according to Gaston County Police Sgt. Cliff Lowrance (no relation).

As you may note, I like puppys and dogs.  In a prior post I wrote about how the relative new legal speciality of animal law is developing in the U.S., and that this is a field that more private investigators should learn about.  In Virginia if someone shotgunned your puppy or other pet, your recovery in money is limited to the cost of the animal.  Assuming you sued the culprit for deliberately killing your pet, Virginia law does not recognize your pets as anything but a piece of personal property.  So, if you were emotionally devastated by the killing of your pet, you would be compensated for the cost of your animal.  This law needs to change in Virginia.  Many other states have changed their laws and now recognize personal pets as more valuable than the cost to obtain the pet.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA


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