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Dallas Appellate Attorney Ryan Clinton says Value of Pets Far Exceeds Replacement Cost
November 23, 2011 6:00 am

The Fort Worth Court of Appeals has held that a pet owner whose dog was mistakenly euthanized at an area animal shelter may recover more than the mere market replacement value of the pet. That's the right result, says Ryan Clinton, a Dallas appellate attorney at the boutique Hankinson LLP. "In this decision, the court of appeals has recognized what all Texans already know: if someone intentionally poisons, shoots, or simply mistakenly euthanizes your pet, you are damaged by more than the mere monetary cost to replace the animal," he says. "The court got it exactly right based on Texas Supreme Court precedent recognizing that when something irreplaceable is destroyed, we should be compensated." For more information, contact Robert Tharp at 800-559-4534 or

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