A Falls Church couple has dropped a $50,000 suit against the Humane Society of Fairfax County alleging that society members illegally seized their German shepherd from their home.
George and Jane Tsui had alleged in Alexandria federal court that their constitutional right against illegal search and seizure was violated last year when society members took the Tsuis' dog, Happy, from their home.
Society officials said they were rescuing Happy from alleged mistreatment after getting complaints from the Tsuis' neighbors.
Robert Corish, the Tsuis' attorney, said the couple dropped the case because it did not have "adequate potential for significant [monetary] recovery" to be worth pursuing.
"We were pleased," humane society officer Victoria Kirby said of the suit's dismissal. Kirby, who was a defendant in the suit, said the society has not changed any of its procedures in taking animals from homes because of the court case.
"We really felt we didn't have to change procedures because all along we felt we were right. We were just doing our job and were not hassling the Tsuis in any way. It's just a shame it happened the way it did."
Kirby said the suit had forced the society to spend money on legal fees that it would rather have spent on animal rescue and care.
There is one thing the society did change because of the suit, Kirby said. "We did get liability insurance."