Saint Augustine, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Florida

Q: A dog breeder falsified registration information and sold us 2 dogs with made up lineage

Both dogs have had medical issues and surgeries because of genetic defects. According to our Vet, because of the breeding. We found out about the breeder through her website (facebook) where there were several postings from other owners having issues and her falsifying information in regards to her dogs and puppies. She has become unavailable since. It has been just over 3 years and one of the dogs is in need of another surgery. We paid $1200 each for the dogs originally and with the latest surgery will have spent over $7,000.00 in medical bills. Can we sue the breeder or do anything to recoup any medical expenses or the money we paid for the dogs to begin with?

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The issue is whether the breeder committed fraud and/or breached the contract. Genetic defects, alone, do not provide a ground for suit. Many purebreds have genetic defects, hence it's better to adopt a mutt. Falsified info, if justifiably relied on to your detriment, may constitute actionable fraud. Another issue is, assuming you have good grounds to sue, will a judgment be collectible? Have an attorney in your area review the matter to determine the feasibility of a lawsuit. You might also try the Fla. Attorney General's consumer complaint site -

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