Her Dog Was Killed At A Boarding Facility. Now A Woman Has Sued To Prove He Was Much More Than A Pet
But LaPonzina said she wants more than money. She wants the courts to recognize the role pets play in the lives of their owners.
Fallen LaPonzina filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court last week against Wagtime Too, which operates doggy day care and boarding facilities in Washington. She alleges that the business was negligent in allowing her dog, Dax, to be kept alongside another canine four times its weight. She is seeking $150,000 in damages...But LaPonzina said she wants more than money. She wants the courts to recognize the role pets play in the lives of their owners.
While accidents may happen, a level of care and responsibility is given to and expected of pet boarding facilities. It is interesting to note that Wagtime Too, the upscale boarding facility in Washington, D.C. had another reported incident in May 2015 as well as Wagtime Warning and A Puppy Died While In A DC Daycare-Who's To Blame? amongst a few others.
"One of the reasons for these therapeutic effects is that dogs fulfill the basic human need to touch. Even hardened criminals in prison have shown long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with dogs, many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time. Stroking, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving animal can rapidly calm and soothe us when we’re stressed or anxious. The companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and most dogs are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost your mood and ease depression." (Helpguide.org-Trusted guide to mental & emotional health)
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