Can You Sue Someone Who Injures or Kills Your Pet?

As they say in America, “Darling, you can sue anyone for anything!” In the land of the big white lawyer, where many attorneys are actually African American, there are no statutes of limitation on civil actions. In Australia, where we don’t walk as tall, and have a century or more less ‘white man’ history, and of stuffing ourselves with large helpings of high protein meats, civil actions are far more restrained. In fact, in the Great Southern Land we are more concerned with the legal ramifications of our dogs biting other human beings. The trouble with suing someone over killing your pet, is that a successful outcome rarely gets beyond a small claims tribunal.

Can You Sue Someone Who Injures or Kills Your Pet?

Animals do not have a great track record with human beings. We do not value the majority of our four-legged furry, or feathered, friends. You will get the replacement value of your pet, generally, in a successful suit against someone who kills your pet on purpose. Accidental pet deaths or injuries may result in damages being paid to the owner of the pet, if negligence can be proven. If your pet is a valuable racehorse or greyhound, you can claim the value of that entity, which includes prior and potential race winnings.  If, however, your Moggy or Fido is just another lovable friend, the pickings are thin on the ground.

Proving psychological damage to yourself through this heinous act, may be your best line of attack in a civil suit. Somehow, making the court understand that Fido is irreplaceable may offer some reward. The emotional damage done to you by someone killing your best friend, could possibly result in more compensation being paid, so that you can seek medical help in overcoming the trauma caused by the loss. You will need a lawyer who has genuine empathy toward your pain, not just the usual greed for their own slice of the damage’s pie.

Killing a pet is a form of domestic violence, if committed by a disgruntled partner. There can be gold at the end of that particular compensation rainbow, with the right lawyer on your side. Animals are noble beasts and they are, most often, the innocents in any disputes of this nature. One would hope that bitter ex-lovers would leave these poor pets alone. It is a sad and sorry world we live in, if it comes down to such appalling behaviour by human beings.