When you go away on vacation and leave your precious pooch at a kennel, you expect to get the dog back, intact. If that doesn’t happen and you decide to sue, what can you expect to recover? Georgia’s highest court has just provided guidance on this issue, concluding that that dog is worth its fair market value, not the actual value paid for the pet, and that owners may also sue to recover veterinary expenses incurred.
The decision stems from a 2012 case in which one couple left both of their dogs at a kennel for ten days. During that time, the couple says, the kennel gave the wrong dog medication, causing almost-immediate acute renal failure and ultimately leading to her death nine months later. Now they’ll be able to try to collect costs from the kennel, according to the Georgia high court.