Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Arizona

Q: Vet wanted payment/proof/collateral before starting emergency treatment on my 2, possibly poisoned dogs. Is this legal?

Was late Friday afternoon when this was occurring. Examples given and if we had them, were: take guns to pawn shop . Title loan on car jewelry tools artwork. Something showing value. My husband was to get his paycheck around 7 pm they were to close at 530.. We had no cash avail. They made dogs comfortable while we tried. Quickest thing we had avail, papers and DEED TO OUR HOME....worth? More than the qu-estimate. Felt like I had to PROVE I was wanting my dogs treated and could and WOULD pay THEM. Oh, was informed that they DON'T do billing. Returned with the deed to home that I was willing to lose for the sake of my dogs. They told me that they wouldn't accept it. I had to go to a Title Loan store and I could get a loan for care cost. I was denied their Pet Care Credit program too. Well didn't matter, loan person, GONE FOR THE WEEKEND. Had to take them home. I'm put on PAYMENT PLAN for services rendered($450) Return in the A.M w/$$$. But 6 and 9 hrs of SEIZURES & FEVER THEY DIED

1 Lawyer Answer

Peter N. Munsing

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A: Tacky but not illegal. There is no obligation on a vet to render aid.

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