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3/20/07-Tyler

Legal Recourse For Pet Victims of Food Recall

What are the legal ramifications of such a widespread recall?

In the state of Texas, if a food kills or injures a pet a company is liable under Texas law.

But we spoke with a Tyler attorney today who says because a pet is considered property, a pet owner can only recover the fair market value of the animal.

"You may pay $100 for a dog. If you could go out and sell it for a $100 that's essentially the fair market value of your pet and what you're legally entitled to recover," says Attorney Randy Roberts with Roberts & Roberts Attorneys at Law.

Roberts says a person could also recover veterinarian bills.

He recommends pet owners work through the manufacturer directly to recover any losses.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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