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Published on Sep 23, 2013
In 2010, a Maryland family successfully sued Frederick County sheriff deputies for an unconstitutional search of the family's home and for shooting their chocolate Lab, Brandi -- who never got closer than three feet to the officers, as shown on a camera mounted on the deputies' dashboard.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), and other industry groups have urged the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to throw out the jury award for emotional distress. These groups make enormous profits off of the emotional bond between humans and animal companions. Yet these same groups hypocritically seek to limit damages solely to an animal's "economic" or "market" value in the courts.