Akron, OH asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California

Q: Can a vet be sued for extortion when they force surgery on an animal that the owner cannot afford?

Dog jumped out of window injuring leg. Brought to urgent care vet which charged over $1000 up front just to see dog. Vet claimed dog needed $3000 surgery. Could not afford this and took dog home to care for myself. Splinted leg. Vet put on a cone and fentanyl patch and asked to bring dog back in 3 days to remove. Did this. Then a notice from Animal control board put on door that dog must be treated and they were starting a animal cruelty investigation. Was then forced to bring dog back to x-ray leg and again said surgery required.

1 Lawyer Answer
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

it would appear the vet is following the law.

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