Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 10, 2013

Texas court asks: Is man's best friend priceless?

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Turner said the Medlens remain so brokenhearted they have yet to adopt another dog. He added that the family isn't actually trying to collect money, but merely trying to change the law so that "Avery didn't die in vain."

Cayce said Texas is already more generous than most states when it comes to compensating owners who lose dogs that have marketable value, such as a prize-winning pedigree show dog or a stunt dog whose owners invested thousands of dollars in training.

Justice Phil Johnson said changing the law might motivate owners to downplay their dog's actual worth so they could collect more on sentimental value instead.

"They're going to try to prove this is a worthless dog so that I can get a lot of money," he said.

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