H.B. 992/ S.B. 997: Buddy’s Law: tor­tious in­jury to or death of pet

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Spon­sors: Dels. Ni­cholaus R.Kipke and Brian Chisholm, and Sen. Bryan W. Si­mon­aire; all are Anne Arun­del County Repub­li­cans.

Synop­sis: In­creases to $25,000 from $10,000 the amount a pet owner may re­cover in com­pen­satory da­m­ages from some­one who “tor­tiously causes an in­jury to or death of the pet un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances.”

Anal­y­sis: It’s dif­fi­cult to put a price on a pet’s well-be­ing: $10,000 would cover many emergency room vet vis­its, but it wouldn’t make up for a pet’s loss, nor would $25,000, for that mat­ter. The first fig­ure is ad­e­quate to pun­ish the per­son who caused the in­jury or death, how­ever, and honor the an­i­mal’s ex­is­tence.

Editorial board rec­om­men­da­tion: Fail.

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