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My dog was killed this week in a kennel in Brunswick County

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My dog was killed this week in a kennel in Brunswick County NC. My dog was put out to play unsupervised with 3 other dogs, one of which is a pit bull. This dog jumped on and killed my dog. The kennel owner has taken full responsibility for this accident. What are my legal rights in this case and can you recomend an attorney to represent me in NC?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  LegalEagle1 replied 4 years ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer, I would like to assist you with you question today.

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your pet.

North Carolina is a state that only allows an owner to recover compensation for the replacement value of the dog, reimbursement for veterinary services, and other costs related to the injuries. North Carolina law does not allow compensation for an owner’s emotional bond with an animal or for the intrinsic value of the animal.

A North Carolina Court of Appeals decided a case last year that addressed how determine damages when a pet died as a result of the negligence of a veterinarian. Shera v. N.C. State University Veterinary Teaching Hosp. North Carolina --- S.E.2d ----, 2012 WL 539989 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012)

You may want to contact the Gerber Animal Law Center in NC to have them advise you about your specific case.


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Expert:  LegalEagle1 replied 4 years ago.
I enjoyed answering your question a few days ago regarding pursuing damages for the loss of your dog. I just wanted to contact you to see if you needed any further assistance.

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