Hyland v. Borras, 316 N.J.Super. 22, 719 A.2d 662 (App. Div. 1998)

Practice Areas: General Liability

Dog owner brought action for damages after defendants’ bulldog trespassed onto owner’s property and attacked her ten year old shih tzu, causing serious injuries to the dog. The Superior Court, Law Division, Sussex County, awarded owner economic damages in the amount of $2500 for veterinary treatment, supplemental dietary pills, and travel which were required to restore her shih tzu to the condition it was in prior to the attack, despite fact that these expenses were five times greater than the $500 cost of a new shih tzu, and defendants appealed. The Superior Court, Appellate Division, Eichen, J.A.D., held that the shih tzu’s owner was entitled to $2500.

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