That, of course, would give those whose dogs have been injured or killed a better shot at damages. In addition, such as legal definition would align with how more and more humans in America experience life with their dogs. Yes, they are family.
But, in Canada, that movement suffered a setback.
Judge Richard Danylink ruled that a childless couple could not argue for custody rights for two of their three dogs. He defined the dogs as property, with no familial rights.
In addition, he blasted the separating couple for using valuable court time for this matter. Here is the coverage in The Guardian.
One has to wonder if there will be a push-back in Canada against this mindset.
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