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Woman Recovers Damages for Loss Of Companionship After Dog’s Death


— June 25, 2003

A Long Island woman whose Yorkshire terrier died after a groomer placed it in a hot dryer after bathing is entitled to damages that account for the companionship the dog provided, a judge has ruled, the New York Law Journal reports.

In Mercurio v. Weber, SC1113-03, Nassau County District Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve determined that Debra Mercurio, who bought the dog after she lost her husband in the Sept. 11 attacks, could recover $2,095 from All Paws Pet & Grooming Mobile, which admitted negligence.

New York Lawyer has the story here. I’m just relieved that she didn’t sue for loss of consortium.


A Long Island woman whose Yorkshire terrier died after a groomer placed it in a hot dryer after bathing is entitled to damages that account for the companionship the dog provided, a judge has ruled, the New York Law Journal reports.

In Mercurio v. Weber, SC1113-03, Nassau County District Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve determined that Debra Mercurio, who bought the dog after she lost her husband in the Sept. 11 attacks, could recover $2,095 from All Paws Pet & Grooming Mobile, which admitted negligence.

New York Lawyer has the story here. I’m just relieved that she didn’t sue for loss of consortium.

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