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Is my ex-boyfriend responsible for paying me back for vet bills?

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My ex's dog was mauled by a pit bull, and he refused to do anything. I took the dog to the emergency vet, who said the dog would have died without his treatment, and paid the vet bill. Is he responsible for paying me back?

A:

I hope the dog is doing better. A pet ‘owner’ could be prosecuted for failing to obtain essential veterinary care for his or her sick or injured animals. However, when one pays for veterinary care for another person’s animal, the right to get paid back is dependent on the agreement that was reached between the parties. If there was no discussion regarding payment, a court may very well be sympathetic to the non-'owner' who took the animal to the vet.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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