IN A lawsuit that seeks to set a new precedent for damages, a local news anchorwoman is suing the owner of a Labrador for emotional distress after the dog mauled her Maltese last year in front of the Pacific Grove post office.
. . Ospina is also seeking something California courts haven’t awarded before. She wants money for “severe emotional distress” she claims she suffered as a result of her dog being attacked.
Heretofore, “the law limits emotional distress damages to being in the presence of a close human relative who gets injured,” said Ospina’s Monterey attorney, Chuck Warner. “This is unique.”
Courts in most states, including California, view pets as personal property and limit compensation to the fair market value of the pet — including the pedigree of the animal, the purchase price and other criteria.
Noted a year ago – she want’s the other dog dead AND money, money, money