Snellville, GA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Georgia

Q: If an individiual takes your animal to be fixed. And then has them put down without owner consent.

Vet saw an issue and she wouldn't have lived much longer but we never had a chance to say goodbye, got the remains, or were even notified before it occurred. What are my options at this point?

2 Lawyer Answers
William C. Head
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  • Sandy Springs, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: This is not a wrongful death case. That pertains to persons, and from some accident or negligent act of another.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Not many. If you sue the doctor, you only get the market value of a dog in similar condition which may be next to nothing. You can file a complaint with the veterinary board, but unlikely under the circumstances they would do anything.

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