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