Dog came home from pet sitter with “injuries”.

////Dog came home from pet sitter with “injuries”.


I left my 14yo dog with a pet sitter for a week during the recent holidays. When I returned to pick her up, she wasn't moving, had pooped herself inside her crate, and had large "bedsores". I questioned the pet sitter and she said that my dog didn't move much. So far, I've taken her to the vet twice (at quite a cost) to treat her. She is not doing well. I feel like this is negligence on the part of the pet sitter who was charged with her care. There is no contract nor did I go through a company for the pet sitter. It was just between the pet sitter and me. I'm wondering what to do. Is there any legal redress possible from the pet sitter?


An animal’s “parent” whose animal was harmed while in the care of a pet-sitter may sue the pet-sitter for monetary compensation. It will be necessary to show that the harm to the animal was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional act of the pet-sitter. It will also be necessary to prove damages (such as veterinary bills) resulting from the negligence, recklessness, or intentional act. Punitive damages, in addition to compensatory damages, may be sought and awarded when the conduct of the defendant was egregious. I hope your dog makes a speedy and full recovery.

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