Denver, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Can a boarding facility hold your dogs until your bill is paid in full?

Our dogs needed to be boarded as we lost our apartment. It supposed to be temporary, however due to circumstances they have been there for just about 2 months. We want to bring them home but the facility says they will not release them until the bill is paid in full. We have paid some of the bill but not all. Are they able to keep them until the bill is paid off? As it gets bigger daily.

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Generally speaking, no. Unless you signed a contract that says they can do this. This is a highly unusual situation and veterinarians can technically keep dogs/animals as collateral for unpaid veterinary bills, but that is provided for by statute. I am not aware of a statute that permits boarding facilities to do this - especially when the boarding bill is increasing.

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