Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney
Many pet owners consider pets to be members of the family. Generally, we know what to do and who to call if we are injured, but what about our pets?
Under Virginia law, pets are considered personal property. Therefore, when pets are injured by the negligence of others, the damages an owner may be entitled to are very limited. Under Virginia Code § 3.2-6585, the owner of any dog or cat that is injured or killed is usually only entitled to recover the veterinary bills incurred to return the pet back to health or, if the pet dies, the “fair market value” of the pet. Unfortunately, the “fair market value” of the pet does not include sentimental…