The September 1 issue of Newsweek has a piece in the Periscope section, (page 10) headed "Pets: Filing for Fido." The piece, by Barney Gimbel, focuses on a couple whose two dogs were shot when they wandered into a neighbor's yard, and an Oregon judge's groundbreaking ruling allowing the couple to sue not just for the market value of the dogs but also for "loss of companionship." Gimbel reports, "In 2000 Tennessee became the first to pass a civil statute giving a pet owner the right to suffering and punitive damages."
The September 1 issue of Newsweek has a piece in the Periscope section, (page 10) headed "Pets: Filing for Fido." ... Tennessee became the first to pass a civil statute giving a pet owner the right to suffering and punitive damages."

No, it's NOT about time.
Think about it. This guy shot stray dogs that entered his yard and can now be sued for insane amounts over the PROPERTY value of the dogs.

What is going to happen to you when you hit a stray dog with your car? Besides, around here, it's legal to shoot a stray dog that's on your property.
~Emily