Powhatan, VA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Virginia

Q: On 5/29/20 my poodle went to the groomer. When he was ready my husband brought him home. He texted me at work that the

dog was acting strange and had reddish diarrhea. The dog rested on sofa for the afternoon. I was at work til 6pm & he texted me at 6:02 that this wasn't our dog (after 5 hours) & to meet him at groomer, which was closed. My dog is diabetic and nearly blind and was due for insulin in an hour. We had a hard time finding owner's name or a after hours contact number & also had Animal Control come, who had no info on business. Finally got a number and someone came to the shop. Another person had been given our dog, which is a male. Their dog is female & named Lola. Had mistake not been discovered we would have injected Lola with 4 units of insulin, perhaps killing her and my dog's glucose without insulin could have damaged him by putting him in shock, kidney failure or perhaps death. I feel this was negligence on the part of the groomer. The other owners did not realize they had the wrong dog either all afternoon. I feel they bear negligence for the error & need failsafe so doesn't happen a

1 Lawyer Answer
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: I regret that I do not handle dog injury or animal law matters. Sorry.

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