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Reimbursement for Vet Bills

1 Answers. Asked on Apr 13th, 2017 on Animal Law - New York
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I left my dog in the care of a doggie daycare facility while I traveled for 12 days. During that time my dog contracted bacterial pneumonia from another dog there. I had signed a release that if my dogs got sick they are to be taken to a vet. However, that never happened nor did they call me to tell me my dog was sick.I found out when I called to ask if they could keep her another day or 2 since my flight was cancelled. They said yes and that she had a small cough. When we picked her up she was hacking like a seal, lost 12 pds and dehydrated. I took her to the ER Vet where she remained for 3 days and $7K later. Now the owner says it isn't his problem. What are my legal rights in NY State
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Answered on Apr 16th, 2017 at 3:22 PM

The doggie daycare facility is mistaken. If you can prove that your dog acquired the illness at the facility and it was not a pre-existing condition, to which you will need a veterinarian to testify, the facility should be liable for the full veterinary bill for breach of contract for failure to take your dog to the veterinarian. You may also be able to make a complaint to a district attorney under the NY AML (Agriculture & Markets Law) section 353 for allowing an animal be unjustifiably tortured or injured by failure to take your dog to a veterinarian, and under AML 356 for failure to provide your dog with adequate water for nearly two weeks, leading to your dog's dehydration and illness, both of which are misdemeanors. You can also make a complaint to the Better Business Bureau. 

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