Philadelphia, PA asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Need help with a dog that I adopted about 5 weeks ago

I adopted a dog about 5 weeks ago from ACCT Philly. I was told he was 4 years old. I took him to the vet and the vet told me he is a senior dog (at least 8-10 years old). The shelter told his health is remarkable besides some abnormalities in his blood work from malnutrition. This has since been taken care of while in my care. However, the vet thinks he may have cancer and I don’t have the money to pay for these types of issues. He can barely walk, and is very lethargic and just keeps getting worse. He is now on 5 medications (anxiety, pain, steroids, appetite increaser, anti diarrhea). Also, the vet had me call the shelter and the shelter informed me they have no record of him having a rabies shot. I think that the rabies shot verification from a kennel dog is a law itself that was passed in 2016 from what I read? Do I have a case here to sue the shelter?

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Tell the shelter you want to return the dog, it was grossly different from what you were told was likely to be the case. But I don't see you being able to keep the dog and charge them the bills.

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