Colorado Woman Awarded $65,000 After Dog's Death

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Lohre sued Posh Maids for negligence and emotional distress, and was represented by Jennifer Edwards, an attorney and founder of Denver's Animal Law Center, a practice that deals solely with animal legal issues.

In Colorado, pets are considered property, which means any damages would generally amount only to their replacement value. Lohre and Edwards said they hope this "unprecedented" judgment shows that pets are more than just property.

"Animals should be considered family members, not just property having no more value than a chair in your living room," Edwards told ABCNews.com. "The legal system is starting to come into line with the way people feel about their pets."

Lohre said that her 7-year-old daughter Imogene "considered Ruthie her little sister."

She recalled that the day before the accident, Ruthie and Imogene were in the backyard playing.

"The two of them were out there, both of them dressed up in play silks, running around together," Lohre said choking up. "I was thinking this is what life is about. This is idealistic."

Lohre recalled that in earlier years, it crossed her mind that she was grateful that by the time Ruthie died Imogene would be in college, and wouldn't have to be there when the family pet died.

"They were just so close and such a part of each other," she said. "The money doesn't take away the impact this has had on both myself and my daughter."

The family has since adopted a new dog that they love and hope that their case will help others in the future.

"They're family. They're part of our lives. They're one of the happiest parts of our lives," Lohre said. "The impacts they make on our lives are great and I think they are of value."

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