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Property Law: Sentell v. New Orleans & C. R. Co. Case Brief

Updated on April 8, 2013

Summary of the Facts

  • Plaintiff alleged that Defendant, a railroad company, negligently killed his dog.
  • Defendant asserted that failure to comply with state and local laws regarding dog registration meant that Plaintiff was not entitled to recovery of damages.
  • In the state of Louisiana, the owner of a dog must register the dog with the state and assign the dog a value. Failure to do so results in a value of zero.

Issue

  • Does Lousiana's dog registration statute violate the Due Process Clause? ("No state shall deprive a citizen of liberty or property without due process of law")

Holding

The state law is not unconstitutional. Statutes placing restrictions on property rights in dogs are within the police powers of the state.

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