Suing for emotional distress is reserved for the deaths of humans, not animals, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled. On July 31, 2012, the court ruled that a close relationship with a pet could not be considered at the same level of a close familial relationship. "Although we recognize that many people form close bonds with their pets, we conclude that those bonds do not rise to the level of a close familial relationship or intimate, marital-like bond," Justice Helen Hoens wrote for the court in a 5-0 decision. According to nj.com, Joyce McDougall, sued after her 9-year-old maltese-poodle mix named Angel was mauled by a larger dog owned by Charlot Lamm in 2007. McDougall, a divorced mother of three living alone with Angel, sued for emotional distress and the cost to replace the dog, estimated at $1,395.
California legislation that would have amended state code relating to the practice of teeth cleaning within veterinary medicine failed Tuesday without receiving a single affirmative vote. The legislation, which would have allowed non-veterinarians to use a scaler on pets’ teeth, died in the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Committee April 17, 2012. The legislation marks another chapter in the ongoing debate over veterinary dental care. Veterinarians currently hold the exclusive legal right to use a scaler on pet teeth and perform other dental procedures on animals. The bill proposed that non-veterinarians would be allowed to use nonmotorized instruments to remove calculus, soft deposits, plaque, or stains from an exposed area of a household pets tooth above the gum line, provided that the service is performed exclusively for cosmetic purposes and the person performing the service first obtains written permission from the person requesting the service. The bill would have exempted cosmetic teeth cleaning from classification as a "dental operation".
On July 24, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174) was introduced in the House of Representatives. (In May, the Senate version of the bill, S. 1200, was introduced.) Both times, the bill failed to make its way out of committee to the floor for debate and a vote. That may not be the case in the future, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
According to NBC News, Chinese government officials are refusing to allow inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect samples from four jerky manufacturing sites.
One thousand dogs dead. Another 5,800 sick, along with 25 cats and 3 people. That was the count on Sept. 30, 2014, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tallied the number of illnesses and deaths from animals who ate chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, most of which were imported from China. Last week, on Feb. 19, the FDA issued an update on the investigation, noting a significant drop in the number of reports.
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Jump Your Bones, Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla. is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name "Roo Bites (Cubes)" because it is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. The affected lots of Roo Bites are identified by the UPC code: 63633010041 for 80g. / 2.82oz., including samples of .32 oz.
The Nevada state Senate is considering a bill that would allow veterinarians and veterinary care facilities to accept open and unopened prescription medication and re-issue them to clients who cant afford them.
The debate over emotional damages for pets continues in North Carolina. The North Carolina Appeals Court recently upheld the decision of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which concluded that courts have not recognized intrinsic value as a measure for damages for the loss of an animal. The plaintiffs, Nancy and Herbert Shera, filed for the wrongful death of their 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Laci. Diagnosed with liver cancer in 2003, Laci was treated at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital (VSH) in Cary, North Carolina, where staff successfully removed the tumor. By late 2003, Laci’s cancer was determined to be in remission. In 2007, Laci was re-admitted to the VSH for multi-systemic organ disease and multiple life-threatening symptoms, including a severe form of pancreatitis, ascites, electrolyte derangements, and other serious veterinary issues. The canine exhibited symptoms of poor appetite, vomiting, and difficulty with urination.