Monday, June 06, 2011

Kimes v. Gosser (Cal. Ct. App. - May 31, 2011)

Cats are more like scrapbooks than automobiles.  So holds the Court of Appeal.

Seems right to me.  You shouldn't be able to kill or injure a pet and only have to pay $10 (or whatever) because that's the "market value" of a stray.  They're a special form of property, with idiosyncratic value.  If the owner spends $1000 to save the pet's life, a reasonable jury might find such expenses reasonable.  And if so, you've got to pay.