Damages in Tennessee for the death of your dog

06 February 2012 Categories: All Blogs

One of Tennessee’s laws that not many people know about is that up to $5,000 in non-economic damages can be awarded to you if your pet was wrongly killed by another person. Non-economic damages means that you are being compensated for the loss of companionship of the pet. This is in addition to economic damages that you can receive such as payment for vet bills and burial expenses. One important thing to note is that the death or fatal injury must happen on the owner’s property or under the control of the owner or caretaker, such as on a leash. The full text of the Tennessee law is below:

T.C.A. § 44-17-403(a)(1). “If a person’s pet is killed or sustains injuries that result in death caused by the unlawful and intentional, or negligent, act of another or the animal of another, the trier of fact may find the individual causing the death or the owner of the animal causing the death liable for up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) in noneconomic damages; provided, that if the death is caused by the negligent act of another, the death or fatal injury must occur on the property of the deceased pet’s owner or caretaker, or while under the control and supervision of the deceased pet’s owner or caretaker.”

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