Pets to many of us are more than simple possessions or legal property but are partners in life, with true dignity and family status. They are loved like children and respected with the same integrity any human being has. This is why such a loss is so painful
Please also review our Pet Loss Grief Certification
The article, Are dogs part of family or just property?, John Wilcox states,
“For Adela Lopez, the death of her dog, Simon, was more than simply the loss of property.
“That was her child. That’s why this is so hard,” said Lopez’s attorney, Bernard Klimist. “People forget: For a lot of people, their pets are their children.”
But in Texas, owners are unable to win lawsuits seeking compensation for the emotional loss of their beloved pets.
Although Klimist said Lopez was grief-stricken by the loss of her dog, she is asking for an award of more than $100,000 solely for her own physical injuries.
“Someone can have a pet for 15 years that is their child that they love and that they baby, and (then) someone can just walk up and kill it, and your recovery is just for property damage,” Klimist said.
In her lawsuit filed in September, Lopez claims Victoria resident Veronica Villarreal, 37, caused her injuries and emotional distress by driving through a stop sign and striking her dog with a Hyundai Sonata.
Although Villarreal’s attorney, Suzanne Pickering, who practices in New Braunfels, declined to comment, her answer to the lawsuit denies Lopez’s allegations.
About 9 p.m. July 9, 2016, Lopez was crossing Yorkshire Lane near its intersection with Cornwall Drive when the collision occurred, according to Lopez’s lawsuit. That collision, the lawsuit contends, inflicted mortal injuries to Simon, who was leashed, and lesser injuries to Lopez.”
To read the entire article, please click here
Please also review our Pet Loss Grief Certification in counseling