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Dog protects owner and loses life

Poor dog was only protecting the one he loved!
Poor dog was only protecting the one he loved!
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Dogs are faithful; at times to a fault. They will protect the ones that they love with their very lives if that is what it takes to keep them safe. This is exactly what happened on Friday.

Raymond A. Rodgers, a South Chicago man that resided on the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue, was arrested Saturday after he allegedly stabbed a dog to death during a domestic dispute. Rodgers has been accused of killing the dog during an argument with a woman that he lived with.

As the argument escalated, the perpetrator supposedly grabbed the woman and was going to strike her. The faithful dog intervened. He got up and began barking at the man.

This upset Rodgers and records show that he took a knife out of his back pocket and stabbed the woman’s protector to death. The dog acted out of natural instinct to protect the person that he loved.

After the fact the dog is being considered the woman’s property and Raymond is facing misdemeanor domestic battery and criminal damage to property – the canine. That does not even seem right.

If you were to ask most pet owners, they would at least seriously consider putting their own life in danger to save their pet as well, however, our laws stipulate that our animals are merely personal property as opposed to being a life that matters. Even when a dog puts himself in harm’s way, they are not treated any differently….obviously!

The pathetic thing is that if Rodgers did not kill the dog, since the dog had bitten him during the dispute, and since Rodgers had to get treated for the dog bite, the dog would have been the one in trouble. Doesn’t seem quite right, does it?

Further animal laws claim the following:

In most jurisdictions, this classification has limited the damages that pet owners can recover when their animals are injured or killed as a result of intentional or negligent conduct. [FN8] Traditionally, damages have been limited to the market value of the animal. [FN9] Some courts, however, have awarded damages based on the animal's actual value to the owner instead of using the market value approach. [FN10] Other jurisdictions have awarded punitive damages in cases where willful or wanton conduct caused a companion animal's injury or death. [FN11] Most importantly, an overwhelming majority of jurisdictions have not allowed pet owners to recover damages for their emotional suffering resulting from the wrongful injury to or death of their companion animal. [FN12] Specifically, most courts have refused to permit pet owners to recover damages for emotional distress or loss of companionship. [FN13]

What is really sad is that this woman was abused, has lost her dog, may still be in danger, and she may get very little settlement out of this entire deal. This is a lose-lose situation all around!

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