A border collie names Quinn was the pride and joy of the Turlock Golf and Country Club in Turlock, California. He was the perfect vehicle, therefore, in the twisted mind of Franco Garcia Aguilar, 21, to express his anger at being laid off as part of the maintenance crew. Aguilar allegedly shot Quinn three times with a 12-gauge shotgun in his kennel on December 16th.
Aguilar is allegedly as violent to the human species — he is being held on a domestic violence charge. He is now charged with animal cruelty and burglary.
These cases are difficult to address in criminal and tort. Under common law tort, the pet’s life is worth only what the animal would bring on the market and not what his value is to the owner. Any serious damages must be secured through emotional distress claims — how the tort affected the owner.
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