Erie, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado

Q: Maintenance team accidentally let my dog out of my unit and he ran away.

I was notified of the maintenance (there’s never been any issues) I received a call that my dog had “gotten out” and they were attempting to retrieve him. Then I got a call a bit later stating they had “lost sight of him”. I left work after the first call to go get my dog myself but they were not where they had said they were and the management office was empty. I had no choice but to wait for an update. I was an emotional wreck. I then left work early (after the 2nd call) to go look for my dog, only to be left devastated and heartbroken when I couldn’t find him. He returned the following morning with scraped up paw pads and was dehydrated, but otherwise ok. I took him to the vet to make sure there was nothing I was missing. They have him antibiotics and pain medication, the property management company reimbursed me for that. They asked me what I wanted/needed (that’s a quote) from them for the situation. What is the right thing to ask for?

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Michael Joseph Larranaga
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Parker, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: The dog is back safe and sound. That is the important thing. If the dog got out during a scheduling maintenance event, then it may be no more than mere negligence. It sounds like the landlord tried to do the right thing by looking for the dog and paying for all the associated costs.

You may be able to get more from them, but the question is, is it worth the time and effort? You would need to talk to an attorney to answer that.

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