New York, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: Greetings, I have a man odd situation, a new roommate moved in that had a cat, and so do I, I have a sphynx, we made an

Agreement that she keep her cat in her room for the first month so they can acclimate to each other's scents, and I made it clear how vulnerable my cat was because of his lack of fur, after 1 week of living here she decided all on her own to let the cats together while I was at work, her car attacked mine and he got bit and it abcesed which needed surgery and cost 1020.00 for the first vet fee and a return trip next week, she also decided while I was at work to lock my cat in my room in 90 degree heat with no water bowl, luckily I returned from work earlier then usual to find him in my room panting and he immediately drank a full bowl of water and half of another... the roommate is now dodging me to get back any of the vet money I laid out and is asking me for empathy for her horrible choices which have effected myself and my poor cat far more then the monetary output for this, is there any legal action I can take?!? This occurred in ny city, Brooklyn... thank you!


1 Lawyer Answer
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in New York

A: You can sue for damages related to conversion of personal property and breach of contract in small claims court. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.