Palm Beach Gardens, FL asked in Civil Litigation and Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: Who is liable for death of pet, company or employee caring for pet at time of death?

Let’s assume an individual is an employee of dog daycare company. A dog, genetically predisposed to breathing complications and overheating dies, without intent from employee, while under care of employee after extraneous exercise for particular breed. Dog requires thousands of dollars in veterinary care, but does not make it. Is employee liable for owners damages? Is company liable for damages? Can company sue employee?

Note - employee was not adequately trained or informed of dogs special needs and risk factors.

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

A: When you say, "let's assume", it sounds like a hypothetical (such as a law school exam question), particularly since you are asking about the legal rights of both sides. If this is a real-life situation, I suggest you re-post to specify your role in this situation and to ask for guidance as to what your rights/responsibilities are, and as to who can help you with your situation.

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