Two recent court cases have brought a longstanding debate back into the spotlight: How much is a companion animal worth? Both cases involve plaintiffs who are seeking non-economic damages for the deaths of their pets. In both cases, the state laws say that pets are property. In one case, a woman sued her veterinarian for distress and loss of companionship. In another case yet to be decided, a man is suing another private citizen for damages resulting from the death of his dog.
Iowa Halts Ban on Supplements
The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy (NC BOP) has issued a recall for all lots of non‐sterile and sterile products compounded, repackaged, and distributed by the Prescription Center Pharmacy between September 10, 2014, and March 10, 2015. The products were distributed in the U.S. and Canada.
Four low-cost spay and neuter clinics in Alabama will potentially be forced to close because they employ licensed veterinarians but are owned by non-veterinarians.
Denver upholds pitbull ban, Texas shelter dismantles its gas chamber, and a lions death spurs calls for an exotic pet ban in Indiana.
Nestle Purina Petcare Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are facing a class action lawsuit from a pet owner who says his 9-year-old Pomeranian died from eating chicken jerky treats. Illinois resident Dennis Adkins sued over Nestle Purina’s Waggin’ Train Yam Good dog treats after his canine companion Cleopatra became ill and died of kidney failure after consuming a Nestle Purina treat from Wal-Mart each day for three days. Adkins said he did not change anything about Cleopatra’s diet other than the addition of the treat. His other 9-year-old Pomeranian, Pharaoh, was not fed the treat and did not become ill. In the lawsuit, Adkins said he incurred more than $2,300 in damages, including the value of his dog and veterinary expenses. The lawsuit claims that Cleopatra died from eating chicken jerky treats that Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart both knew posed a substantial risk of illness or death.
A Texas county that has been requiring rabies vaccinations annually now allows veterinarians to decide how often the shots are needed, the Temple Daily Telegram reports.
Maine Law Protects Pets in Domestic Abuse Cases
Given the popularity of tramadol among opioid addicts and how often pet owners doctor shop for veterinarians willing to prescribe it, sending home oral opioids such as tramadol may not be the best option for managing canine pain at home. Especially if it doesn’t even work all that well.
Delaware has enacted a set of new regulations that puts increased restrictions on owners of exotic animals. The state Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health and Food Products Inspection adopted the regulations last month, and they became effective Dec. 28. The regulations give the state veterinarian the authority to grant, deny or revoke permits for people wishing to own, sell, display or rehabilitate an exotic animal. The regulation defines “exotic” as “a live wild mammal, hybrid of a wild mammal, and a live reptile not native to or generally found in Delaware. An exotic animal is ecologically foreign to Delaware.” The regulations make exceptions for certain exotics.