|May 31, 2006
Jury awards family $56,400 in dog
KATU.com Web Staff
ESTACADA, Ore. - A jury has sided with the family who sued
a man who repeatedly ran over their pet dog.
Mark Greenup and his family, who owned Grizz, a 14-year-old
cocker spaniel-Labrador-mix, sued Raymond Weaver after he
repeatedly ran the canine over.
Weaver was convicted of animal abuse.
The jury in the case sided with the family but the damages
awarded were significantly less than the $1.3 million the
family had requestet.
The jury awarded the Greenups $400 in economic damages,
$6,000 in non-economic damages for pain and suffering and
$50,000 in punitive damages.
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Greenup had originally sued for $1.5 million in a landmark
lawsuit seeking compensation for 'loss of companionship', an
award usually only allowed in the loss of a spouse or close
A judge threw out the companionship portion of the lawsuit,
saying a dog was property, but allowed other portions of the
lawsuit to proceed.
The Greenups asked for $1.3 million in damages for the
remainder of the lawsuit after the companionship portion of
the suit was rejected.