Last Friday veterinarians at the Blue Cross animal hospital in London administered an IV drip of vodka to a seven year old cat named Princess to save it from brake fluid poisoning. Nurses also shaved her fur to keep her from ingesting more brake fluid as she cleaned herself. The theory of the treatment is that the alcohol in the vodka breaks down ethylene glycol in the brake fluid.
Princess may have heard about other cats that had the same experience, and whether the exposure to brake fluid was an accident or vodka-seeking behavior by Princess is unknown.
So if Princess the cat files bankruptcy in Wyoming, what would the outcome be? Initially, the veterinarians would get stiffed, as would Princess’s drug rehab counselors.
But what about Princess herself? Technically, there is no “exemption” or allowance for animals in bankruptcy court in Wyoming, so the trustee could seize and sell Princess at auction and use the proceeds to pay the vet. The same is true for dogs and horses.
As every pet owner knows, however, dogs, cats and horses are seldom money makers. Horses, for example, saw their real market value go down 80% during the 20th century — the invention of the internal combustion engine was really bad for horse related employment.
So although the trustee could sell Princess, a trustee in bankruptcy is very unlikely to take pets.
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