Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Indiana

Q: Does the dog owner still have to pay the full vet bill from a dog attack if you made a Fundraiser for emergency help?

My dog was attacked we emptied our bank account to pay the bill because the owner of the other dogs couldn't pay upfront. I got a fundraiser to help us in our time of need. Now she feels she doesn't have to cover the full amount. Is she still entitled to pay the full amount?

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
Answered
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: To be "entitled" is to have the right. She has the "right" to pay but NOT the obligation. The fundraiser collected money for the dog's vet bills. That money MUST be used to pay the vet. She is obligated to pay ONLY the shortfall between what you raised and what you owed.

YOU had no obligation to conduct the fundraiser. If you did not, she WOULD have been obligated to pay the bill.

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