No Emotional-Distress Claim for Seeing Pet Killed, N.J. Court Says

, New Jersey Law Journal

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New Jersey's highest court has refused to recognize an emotional-distress cause of action for witnessing the grisly death of a pet, no matter how dear to the owner.

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  • sybil ward

    Horrible verdict.. people who own pets know the gut wrenching feeling of losing a love pet. it hurts...

  • Michele Peters, Esq.

    I am reminded of how during the Viet Nam war, the military dogs who were responsible for saving hundreds of our military personnel were considered "equipment" and destroyed or abandoned in Viet Nam. Animals - service or as "pets" - are often bound to their human guardians in deeper emotional ways then family members. We need to initiate legislation to offer greater protections to these animals - and the humans who care for them. I am happy to work towards doing so.

  • not available

    You cannot simply replace a dog.. Yes you can get another dog. But to have watched your dog die or murdered is horrendous. the judge is a fool .. I hope if her has a dog or ever gets one - this never happens to him... is it painfull

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