Pet Scoop: Texas Court Says Pets Have Sentimental Value, PETA Talks Turkey

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Avery the Labrador mix
Groundbreaking Ruling Says Pets Worth More Than Market Value

A Fort Worth, Texas, appeals court ruled that a couple could sue to recover the sentimental value of their pet. Jeremy and Katherine Medlen found their beloved 8-year-old Labrador mix, Avery, at a local shelter after he escaped from their backyard in 2009. They said they were told to come back for Avery the next morning, but, in the meantime, the dog was accidentally euthanized.

A lower court judge had dismissed the case, saying the Medlens could sue only for their dog’s market value. But the appeals court said in its opinion, “Today, we interpret timeworn Supreme Court law … to acknowledge that the special value of ‘man's best friend' should be protected.” — Read it at My Fox DFW

Also look for an upcoming post on by Dr. Patty Khuly on the new ruling.

Battling Obesity in Our Pets

Excess weight in pets “comes from a good place because we love them,” a veterinarian for the ASPCA told the Chicago Tribune. “But we need to get it under control because it can cause health problems." A survey earlier this year showed that more than half of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. How can you get your furry couch potato to work off the weight? It’s best to take a trip to your vet to come up with a plan, the Tribune reported. — Read it at the Chicago Tribune

PETA Tells Kids Not to Eat Turkey

They’re starting young. In an ad featuring an image of a turkey-dog hybrid, PETA targets kids, asking “Kids: If you wouldn’t eat a dog, why eat a turkey?” — Read it at Today

Plus: PETA is also taking on Nintendo, bashing Mario for sporting a raccoon suit in Super Mario Bros. 3. The group’s Website says the outfit "is sending the message that it's OK to wear fur." — Read it at USA Today

Pug Dies on Transatlantic Delta Flight

A Florida couple says they believe their 4-year-old Pug, J, froze to death on a Delta flight from Moscow to New York. Delta said it is investigating and told WTSP that it “will work with the customer to make it right." But the couple says they’ll never fly with a pet again. — Read it at WTSP

Central Park Zoo baby penguin

Zoo in NY Has Eight Adorable Penguin Babies

Warning: After you watch this, you’ll want to waddle away with your own baby penguin. Take a look at footage of the eight penguin chicks who are being raised by bird experts at the Penguin House in Central Park Zoo. — Watch it at the Huffington Post

George Clooney’s Girlfriend Cuddles Up to Her ‘Guy’

The star’s girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, tweeted a photo of herself enjoying a “lazy day with my guy.” The guy in question wasn’t Clooney, but her four-legged leading man. — See photo at People Pets

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