Courts Set Precedent That Pets are Worth More Than Replacement Value

Denver Woman Wins Suit over Death of Dog

Judge holds cleaning company responsible for damages as a result of its negligence.

Attorneys with The Animal Law Center announce that a judge has ruled in favor of Denver resident Robin Lohre and awarded her a judgment valued over $65,000 for the death of her 18-month-old dog Ruthie. The court holds the Denver-based cleaning company Posh Maids responsible for the negligent death of Ruthie during a routine home cleaning in the fall of 2011.

Based on a search of public records, this could be the largest court judgment for the death of a pet in Colorado.

“The ruling sets a damages precedent that animals are worth more than their replacement value,” said Jennifer Edwards, attorney and founder of The Animal Law Center. “When we lose a pet, we do suffer emotional distress and heartache, just as we would with any other member of our families.”

“I am pleased with the court’s decision,” said Robin Lohre. “It doesn’t bring back Ruthie, but it does acknowledge the loss that my daughter and I experienced.”



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