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Do I have any grounds to sue a pet sitter who didn't show up?

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I booked the services of a pet sitter that we have used a few times. She told us verbally that she would come 3 days to care for cats, dogs, chickens and horse. She never came and will not answer phone or return calls from us. She gave us no reason and these animals went without food and water for 3 days. I feel she should have let us know (she had plenty of contact information) if she was not going to take care of our pets. Would this be grounds for a suit or some kind?

A:

I hope your animals survived and are doing well after their terrible ordeal. Courts have awarded pet ‘owners’ monetary compensation for the injury to or death of their animals caused by the negligence or intentional act of others. It is possible a court could reduce monetary damages if the court determines that the pet ‘owner’ was partially at fault. The police and humane societies with law enforcement authority can also be contacted. Cruelty to animals is illegal in every state.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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