A bankruptcy attorney's efforts to reform the state Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' protocols to determine when it can euthanize a pet ended last week when his lawsuit was dismissed by the Delaware Court of Chancery. The attorney and his wife sought a permanent injunction seeking to bar the SPCA from using tests to determine if a dog is adoptable after Maggie, a dog they considered adopting, was euthanized, but the court held the plaintiffs did not have standing because they did not take formal steps to adopt the dog and, thus, did not have a legally protected interest.
Desire to Adopt Pet Doesn't Create Legally Protected Interest
Delaware Law Weekly
July 31, 2013