Under a new city council law, dog owners in Turin, Italy, can face fines up to $650 a day if they fail to walk their pets at least three times a day. What's more, residents will be banned from dyeing their pets' fur or "any form of animal mutilation" for aesthetic motives. Said the city's daily paper, La Stampa, "In Turin it will be illegal to turn one's dog into a ridiculous fluffy toy."
The Council of State Governments issued a policy statement against state legislative proposals that sought to change the wording of pet owner to guardian after hearing concerns from veterinarians.
The Illinois Appellate Court has ruled that pet owners may be able to claim compensation for the sentimental value of their pets, rather than just the animal's fair market value.