What Is The Value Of A Dog's Life?

A North Carolina appeals court is considering the value of a dog's life.

WRAL-TV reports that the state Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit by Herb and Nancy Shera of Wilmington.

Their 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier Laci died at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Vets accidentally inserted a feeding tube into her wind-pipe instead of her esophagus, drowning the dog over a several hours.

State officials told the couple they were entitled to $350 in compensation to replace Laci with another Jack Russell.

The Sheras say their dog was special and her life was worth more. Their attorney says the couple is entitled to the $28,000 they invested in her treatment for cancer at N.C. State.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:22 AM
    The value of the dog is $350. The pain and suffering caused by the careless behavior has a subjective value much greater than the value of the dog. Malpractice can be performed by any one in any position. I feel for them since I am a dog owner but-even the dog I would go to all means to take care of is still only worth the monetary value of its replacement. They should sue for malpractice and the pain and suffering but not an emotionally inflated value of the animal.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tarboro, NC on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:12 AM
    NC State should be liable to pay a high sum of money for this animal dying such a horrible death. Also, laws need to be passed that ANY animal owner is required to neuter/spay their animals. My dog is worth a lot to me and I see every single day the dogs in Edge County Shelter that will be put down if not adopted. No one, unless a high fee paid for pure-bred dogs, should be able to breed animals. I see all kinds of people abusing their animals.
  • by Toni Location: ENC on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    I have children and dogs. I can say that I love my children more b/c I understand that my family comes before my dogs. My dog is a LUXURY! What I spend on my dog is my business. What I can afford. The owners could afford to spend 28K for treatment. If my dog gets sick I'll have to consider when to stop any treatment according to my financial obligations. I have thought about pet insurance although I don't have any at the moment. I love my pets and would be torn concerning a high vet bill. People have those difficulties everyday with their OWN health problems/meds. The teaching ficility had a Vet in charge of the student and shluld have made sure the procedure was done correctly, no excuses! Owners did NOT get what they paid for. The dog did NOT die of cancer. They can get another dog but the personality won't be the same. Old, young, sick or well is irrelevant. Negligence and Compensation are the words for today!
  • by Renee Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:13 AM
    No amount of money can replace the unconditional love you get from your pet. Unless you have been blessed to have this type of friendship, then I am sorry, because you are truly missing out on something special! My husband and my children are the most important people in my life, but the unconditional love from my dogs when I get home from work is priceless! Yes, I believe they have a most special soul that many here on earth could never understand.
  • by Bloke Location: New Bern on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:01 AM
    Look, forget the fact that we are talking about a dog. What if you spent $5000 on a new motor for your vehicle, and the mechanic did something wrong and it blew up right after he installed it. You mean to tell me you are supposed to just take it and pay him for it anyway? Without your vehicle?? The couple paid for a service, no matter what it was. They are entitled to their money back.
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      by TALA on Jan 26, 2012 at 07:32 AM in reply to Bloke
      AMEN to that!!
  • by I Will Agree, If & When... on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:33 AM
    ...a dog/cat gets a job, pays taxes and begins driving a car at age 16. Until then, it's just a pet. My turtle is very special to me. Should I consider it as vauluable as my son or daughter? Does it have a soul? ...Also, how much money did this couple spend on the funeral for their beloved dog? Was there a wake? Did they buy an expensive coffin? Or did they have the dog cremated & put in an ern?
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      by Anon on Jan 26, 2012 at 04:44 AM in reply to I Will Agree, If & When...
      I actually have a friend that can not have children. Her and her husband devote the same amount of love to their two dogs. One recently passed away and yes as a matter of fact, they did have him cremated and put in an ern. There are pet cemeteries and pet crematoriums. They do have souls. They may not be humans and pay taxes but I guarantee you most pets are a heck of a lot more important that some humans I know.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Jan 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM
    You can sue and be compensated for the loss of any property. A dog is no different. To me a dog is not property mine is a member of our family. If you hurt her, it is the same as hurting any member of the family and I will react accordingly. It sounds as if someone at the clinic has picked the wrong line of work.
  • by Mint Julip Location: bath on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:57 PM
    Monetary compensation will not relieve their pain. Adopting a new pet or helping at an animal shelter would benefit them and help an animal that needs some love. We all pay for these riculous lawsuits!
  • by to "Golden Life" on Jan 25, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    I believe you are the one with the thoughtless comments. What you said was the most ignorant comment I have read up here in a long time. I agree with "anon". You are a rude and nasty person.
  • by Animal Lover on Jan 25, 2012 at 03:32 PM
    If they paid NC State Vet school 28,000.00 to treat their pet and their pet died through negligence, which it did, then I believe they should receive every dime of the 28,000 back and maybe some additional money, too, for their pain and suffering, as well as the dog's pain and suffering. Can you even imagine how awful it would be to slowly drown over several hours' time? To me, a beloved pet is a family member and should be treated as such.
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      by You're Insane on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:34 AM in reply to Animal Lover
      Go see a therapist.
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        by Animal Lover on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:52 AM in reply to You're Insane
        To You're Insane: Disagreeing with someone is no reason to call them insane. You and I just have a difference of opinion, that's all. Many other people feel the same way that I do, I can guarantee you that.
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          by Animal Love 2 on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:39 AM in reply to Animal Lover
          Whats the matter "you're insane" can't you even get a dog or any pet to love you. I love my pets-NO-not over my children and yes animals die-BUT if its thru someone elses errors who are supposed to treating the animal then yes the vet should have to pay for it. I took my dog to the vet once and they were taking the dog back and did not know i was still there and I saw them Literally dragging my dog by the neck adn they sprained her back leg. NO-she did not stay-I left immediately with my dog-but not quitely.

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