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Jury awards Franklin County man $36K for wrongful death of dog

Associated Press

PASCO – A Washington attorney says his client has been awarded more than $36,000 after his neighbors shot his English springer spaniel.

The Tri-City Herald repored Attorney Adam Karp said 56-year-old James Anderson of Franklin County, who is disabled, got what may be the largest jury verdict in Washington for the wrongful death of a dog.

Chucky was trained as a hunting dog but also understood 100 words, could ride on a motorcycle and could climb ladders.

Anderson’s neighbors, a husband and wife with two preteen sons, were accused of shooting the dog while trapshooting in March 2014 and concealing it.

Karp’s news release said a Franklin county jury ruled in Anderson’s favor on August 3. The award included $15,000 for emotional distress.

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