Mediapolis, IA asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa

Q: Can my neighbor take my dog to the vet and give her shots when it's not her dog?

My neighbor ( who is a vet technician ) apparently found my dog. And instead of finding her owners she took her to her vet and got her shots and vaccinations. Without consent of the owner. My dog gets her collar off all the time so she didn't have it on when they found her. I just want to know if she can legally do that since she never even tried to find the owner and just pretty much claimed her and took her to the vet.

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Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Licensed in Iowa

A: I fail to see how you are asking a serious question. First of all you admit the dog was running at-large, the dog was running without a collar and the dog had not been properly taken care of from a veterinarian standpoint. You are lucky the person who found it doesn't sue you to recover the costs of the shots. Instead of sounding indignant you should have apologized to the vet. tech. who found the dog, offered to pay for the shots and whatever it cost to board the dog, then gone to the local pet store and bought a collar that would not fall off. Instead you come here whining to a bunch of lawyers about how you are put out by a person who did you a favor by properly taking care of your pet. Your question is not a reasonable one and requires no legal advice. On the other hand if the person who found your dog writes to ask if they should sue you to recover the expense, I may have a legal answer.

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