Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A DOG'S LIFE

VIA Orbusmax, we have two items concerning developments in an unforgivable incident of animal cruelty. First, KATU Portland brings us the basics:

“Court To Rule On Landmark Pet Death Case”

http://www.katu.com/stories/86078.html

The case concerns one Raymond Weaver, who was convicted of animal abuse after he deliberately ran over his neighbor’s dog, Grizz. In what could be a precedent-setting case, the family is suing for loss of companionship, asking for 1.5 million in damages. As KATU notes:

“States typically limit damages in such cases to an animal's fair market value. An award for loss of companionship … could lead to an expansion of pet owners' rights in Oregon, and possibly the nation.”

Meanwhile over at 750 KXL, Lars Larson offers an opinion on the matter:

“What is a dog's life worth?”

http://www.larslarson.com/Commentary/NWReports/168948.aspx

Succinctly put, Mr. Larson opines that while running over the dog was “an evil thing to do” the suit is “inappropriate:”

“Now loss of companionship is something you get for a child or losing your wife; for a human being, not for a dog. Not for any kind of animal… Do I think the family deserves a million bucks in compensation or more for the loss of their dog? Absolutely, positively not.”

What’s a dog’s life worth? I think that’s the wrong question to ask.

What’s the life of a dirty sonofabitch who would deliberately run over a dog worth?

A lot less than a dog, I think.

Mark Greenup and his family deserve every penny of that 1.5 million and more. And Weaver deserves to be locked away for the rest of his life… In a dogpound. Build him a special cell next to his betters and lock him away every night. Let him out to tend the animals – and divert the wage he would have earned to reparations.

And if he gets sick or injured, just “put him to sleep”…

Comments:
I agree. woof woof.
 
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