Apex, NC asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for North Carolina

Q: Told vet to use harness when walking, will slip out of slip leash, she did , gate open, dog killed in road, can I sue

Have been going to local vet for 6 years, and they know our dog slips out of slip leash. Now I only use harness and told them to use this week. They didn't and dog got out os slip leash, and gate left open during walk. Our dog ran across 5 lane highway, made it, but then gone. Vet call me and both their staff and myself looked up and down the road and woods for our dog, I looked til 8pm, 10 hours, then came back at 10pm til 3 am no luck.

Our dog was found on the side of the road, obviously recently been hit, very graphic, it was bad and killed.

Would like to sue the vet and get damages, she was a big part of family and no cost too much in taking care of her over the years, average almost $750 year for all shots, services etc.

Can I sue and what do you think we should sue for or ask them for, if they don't want us to sue. Do you think we should also threaten to file a complaint with the local/state agency.

1 Lawyer Answer

Peter N. Munsing

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A: You can only sue for the market value of the dog in most states. If your dog had a sale value of $80, that's all you get.

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