The Supreme Court of Texas today shared the pain of critter-lovers across the Lone Star State, even citing a movie that broke many a young Texan's heart -- Old Yeller. But the Court-as-empath didn't translate into a ruling that the tragic loss of a pet entitles the owner to damages for the mental hurt that results. Strickland v. Medlen, No. 12-0047 (Tex. Apr. 5, 2012).
Chief Justice Wallace and Justice Johnson declined to join in part II-C, which dealt with what the legislature might do, and the Chief Justice also shunned footnote 58, which listed types of potentially recoverable damages, of Justice Willett's opinion for an otherwise unanimous Court.