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Does My Dog Have Rights? Why Do Courts Value Pets As Property?

We love our pets. They welcome us home with love and kisses, we consider them family, and Americans spend billions of dollars on them yearly – specifically $61 billion.

With so much love for our furry friends, why haven’t our laws kept up to speed with how we value our pets should something go wrong? It may surprise some people to hear this, but cats and dogs are considered simple property in the eyes of the law with no additional value; no different than a microwave or sofa.

With pets being considered members of the family by most, the law is starting to reflect these changes – yet very slowly.

In custody cases, we’re starting to see some judges talk about the best interests of Fido or Fluffy, and which home is better suited for the pet. We’re also seeing some states flirting with the idea of potentially allowing wrongful …