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How much is a cat's life worth?

May 10th, 2005, 01:30 PM
The pets we love are priceless. Monetary compensation doesnt heal the heart.
At any rate,some people have a problem with the 45K awarded in this case of a cat death - think it is excessive.
What are your thoughts on this?
This dog owner was clearly irresponsible ,I say good for the judge! :thumbs up

SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- A woman who sued a neighbor after his dog mauled her cat to death has been awarded more than $45,000.
Retired teacher Paula Roemer's 12-year-old cat, Yofi, was attacked in her back yard in February 2004 by a chow belonging to her neighbor, Wallace Gray. The dog had repeatedly escaped in the past, according to the lawsuit.
Roemer, 71, said the death of the black and white cat left her with sleep disturbances, panic attacks and depression, causing her to begin smoking heavily. The amount awarded included $30,000 for the pet's special value and $15,000 for emotional distress.
Her lawyer, Adam P. Karp, announced the verdict by Judge Barbara L. Linde on Sunday and said the value accorded to the cat tied a record. In the previous case, a jury in California last year ordered a veterinarian to pay a dog owner $30,000 for the dog's "unique" value, plus $9,000 for veterinary bills.
Gray, who served three weeks in jail and three months under house arrest for an animal control violation, said an acquaintance was taking care of his dog at the time of the attack.
"This is absolutely crazy," Gray said. "I'm sorry she lost her cat, but I had no control over it."
Roemer said she doubted she would see any of the money but plans to donate anything she does collect to an animal protection group.

May 22nd, 2005, 09:46 AM
I think that the money is way better than putting the dog to sleep as they could of ruled for! But I also think she is asking for to much money and using her cat as a bargain :(

Cactus Flower
May 22nd, 2005, 12:48 PM
No, I don't think that is excessive, as far as compensation goes.

I am glad to see that the penalty is not just a slap on the wrist, either. But I'm concerned about the statement that he was not supervising the dog at the time- that an acquaintance was. If that is true, I don't think he should have been so severely punished.