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Do I have any rights as a foster parent to breach a breeding contract?

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I have been fostering a dog for almost 2 years now. I have been responsible for her care, upkeep, food and other expenses. I have grown to love her and I signed a contract with the breeder for her to be bred 3 to 4 times at the breeders request and if I breach the contract the breeder states she can sue for $10,000.00 My question is, do I have any rights, and if I want to keep her as part of my family, what can I do?

A:

I strongly suggest that you retain an attorney in your area to thoroughly review the entire contract. Such contracts sometimes contain provisions that courts may not enforce. The agreement you signed sounds quite onerous to you (and to the dog). Also, if a veterinarian determines that an animal has a congenital problem or that breeding can be detrimental to the animal, the breeder may consent to spaying and adoption.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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