Full Statute Name:  West's Annotated Code of Maryland. Courts and Judicial Proceedings. Title 11. Judgments. Subtitle 1. Judgments--Miscellaneous. § 11-110. Pet injuries; damages.

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Primary Citation:  MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, § 11-110 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  January, 2015 Alternate Citation:  MD CTS & JUD PRO § 11-110 Date Adopted:  1989

This Maryland statute provides that the measure of damages for tortious injury or death to a pet is the market value of the pet before the injury, or the cost of veterinary care that does not exceed $7,500.

Statute Text: 

(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

(2) "Compensatory damages" means:

(i) In the case of the death of a pet, the fair market value of the pet before death and the reasonable and necessary cost of veterinary care; and

(ii) In the case of an injury to a pet, the reasonable and necessary cost of veterinary care.

(3)(i) "Pet" means a domesticated animal.

(ii) "Pet" does not include livestock.

(b)(1) A person who tortiously causes an injury to or death of a pet while acting individually or through an animal under the person's direction or control is liable to the owner of the pet for compensatory damages.

(2) The damages awarded under paragraph (1) of this subsection may not exceed $7,500.


Acts 1989, c. 594; Acts 1999, c. 399, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2005, c. 250, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2005.


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