$200,000, according to a Pennsylvania jury.
Linda Blackie and Miriam Thomas, who raise prize winning standard Poodle show dogs, deposited 122 sperm samples from several of their studs at the Mount Nittany Veterinary Hospital to preserve them for future breeding.
But in 2009 the cryogenically-frozen specimens were mistakenly thawed and destroyed.
Because of the dogs' superior lineage the women said they could earn $5000 for every two samples. One of the dogs had taken Best of Show at Westminster in 1991. They sued the hospital for more than $300,000.
Hospital lawyers argued that the quality of the samples ranged from “moderately good to extremely poor” and were not worth that much.
Uh…how can they determine the quality of destroyed Poodle semen, I’m wondering. Doesn't "worth" depend on what someone is willing to pay?
The jury must have wondered too, awarding $124,960 to Thomas and $89,760 to Blackie. According to their lawyer they were pleased with the verdict. The story