Vacaville, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law for California

Q: If seller sells me a sick puppy and contract says they guarantee this puppy to be healthy do they have to reimburse vet

Contract says nothing about vet bills does address sick puppy and say we may return and recieve have total price and a new puppy.

I have spent $2800 in vet bills on this puppy.

The contract also says “seller gaurentee a this puppy to be healthy at time of sale”

When I called to ask if other puppies were having problems he said yes and admitted it was their fault even told me what caused the parasite.

Because the contract states “seller has taken reasonable steps to prevent this puppy from acquiring disease ..” but the cause is from unsanitary conditions/feeding conditions


Because the contract guarantees this puppy to be healthy at time of sale and was not does this void the whole contract and can I demand he pay my vet bill?

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

A: You need to speak to an attorney. There might be consumer protection laws in your state that entitle you to compensation.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The only way to find out is to sue for reimbursement. Consult a consumer rights attorney. You might want to report this to animal services as being an unfit breeder, with unhealthy conditions.

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