Coraopolis, PA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania

Q: My dog died at the kennel. Kennel is filed a civil case for us to Pay the vet bill. My signature isn't on contract

No cell service while on vaca. So we didn't get the call from the that my dog was not well. My dog got sick and the kennel took him to vet he was diagnosed with bloat and they put him the sleep because his stomach had already died. They want us to pay the expenses back. I've never seen the actual vet bill so I don't even know if the amount they are claiming is the actual bill amount. Looking at the contract, my name is incorrect, as it is on the civil.suit, and my girlfriend signed the vet contract and dropped the dog off, not myself. Can this case be dropped because I didn't actually sign the contract? And I believe the dog died to their improper care. His breed is known for bloat, I feel they weren't trained on how to properly care for his breed. They should pay the bill and us for the loss of the dog.

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Do you have an expert to testify? If not you are correct that you didn't sign the contract, but then your girlfriend is on the hook--bottom line, you don't need a contract if you ask them to care for the dog and they do, and it's commercial and you know there's a charge. Your problem if you were out of cell service and they had no one else to call. They can't not care for an ailing dog. If you have a question about the vet bill get a copy.

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