Dog’s Pain and Suffering

No court has held that a dog’s pain and suffering entitles the owner to receive a separate award of damages. However, note that the owner might be entitled to compensation for mental suffering and punitive damages under the same circumstances.

In Gluckman v. American Airlines, Inc., 844 F. Supp. 151 (S.D.N.Y. 1994), related reference, 1994 WL 705324 (S.D.N.Y. 1994), opinion modified, 1995 WL 11065 (S.D.N.Y. 1995) (applying New York law), an action by a dog owner to recover from an airline for the death of the owner’s dog while it was being shipped as baggage, the court declared that there is not yet a cause of action recognized for the pain and suffering of an animal.