Tag Archives: Animal Law

Commissioner: Dog had no intrinsic value to its owners (access required)

A Jack Russell terrier that died due to the negligence of the N.C. State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital had no intrinsic value to its devoted owners, a deputy commissioner for the N.C. Industrial Commission has ruled. Deputy Commissioner George T. Glenn II awarded only the $2,755 in veterinary bills that were presented to the couple after their 12-year-old dog died in the intensive-care unit of the hospital, saying that the plaintiffs had failed to prove by the greater weight of the evidence that the dog had any intrinsic value.

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She and her dog Velveeta are a pet therapy team (access required)

Connie J. Vetter is an attorney and mediator in Charlotte. The Illinois native focuses her practice on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clients. Vetter graduated from Ohio State University and the Northeastern University School of Law. She is active in gay and lesbian causes and serves on the board of her neighborhood association.

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Dog owners seek more than fair market value for dead pet (access required)

A Jack Russell terrier named Laci is at the center of a case now before the N.C. Industrial Commission that could set a precedent on North Carolina animal law. Laci's owners sued N.C. State University's veterinary teaching hospital last year after their 12-year-old dog died in the ICU unit at the vet school. Attorney Calley Gerber (pictured with one of her dogs) of Raleigh is asking for $28,243 in damages.

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