Pet owners who witness their animals being killed by another creature cannot seek damages for emotional distress, a New Jersey appellate court has ruled.
The decision issued Friday came in the case of a woman whose small dog was mauled to death in Morris County in June 2007. She was walking it when a larger dog grabbed it by the neck and shook it several times.
The woman sought emotional distress damages in December 2009, likening her dog’s death to the loss of a treasured family member.
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