Belleville, IL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois

Q: Is it legal for a dog shelter to perform extra surgeries other then what the dog was taken there for without asking?

My dog went in to get fixed and they cut off his "thumbs" I call them on his back foot without asking me. Now he has to wear bandages and I have to take him back so they can inspect his wounds. I was not told about this nor was I expecting it.

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

A: No, that is not legal. That sounds like animal abuse/cruelty and/or veterinary malpractice. I can not think of a single medical reason to remove a part of a dog's podal anatomy (foot anatomy).

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