Aurora, CO asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Under abandonment and neglect laws what to do?

Friend drops off dog in January or February of this year. Since then the dogs anxiety of missing owner kicked in forcing us to purchase 2 dog cones by now to prevent excessive licking of paws. Both broke. We've contacted owner saying either to pick up the dog or schedule a vet appointment so we can get anxiety meds. He contacts twice a week, but still hasn't picked up dog or scheduled appointment. It's. Not that he doesn't respond with excuses of work ir finances. But he is neglecting the care part we need as dog sitters who don't have medical records or ability to take dog to vet without him scheduling. We keep offering to adopt, but he refuses to give up the dog.

So what legally can we do? This dog needs meds and vet treatment.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Take the dog to the vet and send the owner the bill.

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