Chicago, IL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri

Q: Can I sue a business for losing my dog??

I took my dog to a doggy day care about 2days ago when I arrived to pick him up they inform that somehow he got free and bolted through the dog I have yet to find him so I wanted to know what are my options and how to go about them. Thanks

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Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Greenwood Village, CO

A: In short the answer is yes. But it would make more sense to start with demanding more information as to what happened, ask to see any surveillance videos etc to see if you can somehow get some clue as to what may have happened or where he ran off to.

Also find out if your state regulates/ licenses doggy day cares. In my state of Colorado they are regulated and must self report any escape or death which then is investigated by our department of agriculture.

Probably should make an animal neglect/ cruelty report to local police or animal control and certainly report your dog as lost to as many shelters/vet hospitals/ nearby businesses,

You may consider offering a reward to anyone with valuable information or who assists in you finding him. I wish you luck.

Kristen Thurmond
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Kristen Thurmond
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: You will need to look at any contracts or waivers you signed with the daycare company before this can readily be determined. If there was a violation of any state statutes, you'll have to see if it is something you can privately sue for or if the state has to pick up the charge as a criminal violation. It will be state specific, so consult a local attorney.

Also, alert all area shelters and vets of a lost canine. If you have a microchip, log into the database you registered it with and report the dog as missing.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
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  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: Unfortunately, Missouri law is pretty weak on this subject. You could sue to recover the cost of what a comparable dog would cost to purchase. Dogs are treated the same as other personal property.

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