Sarasota, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law, Employment Law, Tax Law and Agricultural Law for Florida

Q: I worked/boarded dogs in a kennel; can they hold my dogs until bill is paid when they haven't paid valid wages?

I boarded dogs at a kennel. After 5 months of payments the owner offered me a part-time job. It progressed from a 3-4 hour morning/evening to 24 hours (10 hrs in the kennel & 14 hrs in their home taking care of their 8 pets) over 3, 5, 7, or 10 day periods. On lunch, I was required to answer phones & conduct business. They held my pay for payment; I received no money. After a year of work, & telling them that I couldn't physically do overnights anymore they agreed, but forced me to do a 10 day trip before stopping. Seven days after that trip they stated they were taking another trip. I refused. They threatened the safety of my dogs, stated an inflated balance owed & demanded immediate removal of the dogs. I later discovered the owner didn't: pay overtime wages, pay federal withholding, report wages to IRS, & other violations. The bill would be satisfied if O.T. was given. Rectification takes years. Can I remove the dogs for safety while getting an accurate bill & reporting violations?

1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: None of these historical facts matter because your former employer still has your dogs. After you have recovered your dogs you can think about suing these people for overtime wages and other things.

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