The NJ legislation that would allow people to sue for emotional damage in cases of pet loss has advanced. It’s not yet approved, but new details have been released.
The bill would allow pet owners to seek a wide range of compensation, including:
- Replacement value of the animal at current dollar value
- Veterinary expenses incurred in treating the animal
- Burial or cremation expenses
- Reimbursement of animal training expenses
- Any unique or special value of the animal, such as when the injured or dead animal is a guide or service animal or a show animal
- Loss of companionship up to $15,000
We hope that other states adopt similar legislation allowing for the value of companion animals as companions — not just property.