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Massachusetts may allow non-economic damages for pet loss

from Veterinary Practice News

Damages for the malicious injury to pets would be allowed under Massachusetts House Bill 1250 -- legislation first introduced in 2009 and set to have been heard Jan. 28. HB 1250, sponsored by Rep. James Arciero, D-Middlesex, adds to current law the option for non-economic damages in lawsuits alleging the malicious injury or killing of a pet. As written, the bill says such damages may include emotional distress and loss of companionship. The bill leaves much discretion, according to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. Although two alternative damages are listed, other non-economic damages are possible, PIJAC said. more

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