When your neighbor shoots your cat, sue for damages

A California man whose cat, Pumpkin, was shot with a pellet gun can seek damages from the alleged shooter to cover thousands of dollars of medical bills. The appellate court refused to limit liability to the fair market value of the cat (basically zero), saying that to hold otherwise would be “inhuman.” Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether the veterinary expenses will be deemed reasonable, and it’s quite possible that Pumpkin’s owner won’t be awarded the full amount he’s seeking.

Kimes v. Grosser (Cal. App. 1st Dist. May 31, 2011)

– Bob Egelko, Brentwood man cleared to sue over cat’s shooting, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun. 2, 2011

In related news, a Brooklyn man was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, weapon possession, and animal torture after he shot his neighbor’s pitbull with a paintball gun. The man, who was Swiss, allegedly told his neighbor that “in Switzerland, we train our dogs not to bark.”

– Jamie Schram and Andy Canpbell, Yelping pooches paintballed, N.Y. Post, Jun. 17, 2011.

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