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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court is considering the value of a dog’s life.

WRAL-TV reports that the state Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit by Herb and Nancy Shera of Wilmington.

Their 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier Laci died at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Vets accidentally inserted a feeding tube into her wind-pipe instead of her esophagus, drowning the dog over several hours.

State officials told the couple they were entitled to $350 in compensation to replace Laci with another Jack Russell.

The Sheras say their dog was special and her life was worth more. Their attorney says the couple is entitled to the $28,000 they invested in her treatment for cancer at N.C. State.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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