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5/5/2008-Smith Co.

Coverage On The Road - For Your Pet

For the past 8 years "Archie" and Les go everywhere together.

"I got him when he was 3 months old," said Les Scherick, "He rides around with me. I tell him I say you want to go bye bye. And he is ready to go."

Archie runs errands all over town with Les, doing almost everything a best friend would.

"He is a great companion, he never talks back to me," said Les, "The only thing is some time I wish he could talk so that I could have someone to talk to."

About a year and a half ago Les and Archie were driving, when Les lost control of his truck and totaled it.

"He was in my last accident with me. We rolled the truck," said Les. 

Thankfully Archie wasn't injured, but after the crash Les thought a lot more about getting insurance coverage for Archie.

"I don't know how many people know it's out there," said Tom Sorrels. 

Sorrels has been selling insurance for nearly 30 years. He says the pet injury coverage is not a separate policy. 

"It's probably been around just less than six months and they actually cover the pet. Cover up to $500 if a pet is injured in a collision in an automobile accident,' said Sorrels. 

The pet injury coverage is built into collision coverage, paying for medical bills if a dog or cat is injured in an auto accident.

Many we spoke to hadn't heard about it, but think it's a good idea.

"She is always riding in the vehicle. Insurance for her would be good," said Michael Duncan, who rides everywhere with Sissy, "My dog is not just my pet, she is my child ."

A feeling that for Les and Archie is also true.

"...I couldn't afford to lose him. He means too much to me," said Les.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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