By Mark Lisheron | Texas Watchdog
AUSTIN — How much is this aluminum good luck piece I stamped out in a Greyhound bus station back in 1971 worth? How about my high school football mouthguard?
How about my dog, Liberty?
If you answered incalculable, you’d be correct, at least for the first two if you aren’t a judge or a member of a jury in Texas. State law has long allowed for the award of damages based on the sentimental value of property.
The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to consider — what is, for most pet owners, the correction of a horrendous 120-year-old legal oversight — allowing courts to assign a dollar value to their emotional attachment to their pets.