New York is one of the few states that categorize pets as objects not worth more than a few hundred dollars. Advocates say treating them as sentient beings would enhance the ability to seek compensatory damages if they are mistreated.
After Harold Lehr’s best friend died following an MRI, the lack of accountability in pet treatment spurred him to push for “Oscar’s Law.”
Even veterinarians found to have practiced with “gross negligence” are often back at work within a few months.
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