huge medical bills for treating a pet dog

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/23/2006 - 05:20

Hey Guys !
I am at my wits end ...I am about to pay a huge sum of money for no real fault of mine.
Last Thursday at around 5:30 pm I went on trudging at the edge of our property line with my doggy in the pursuit of his favorite playmate Jim. Jim has been our neighbor's favorite pet for years now. But we had no trace of him till it was quite dark all around.

After about an hour, I decided to get back home running after my sweet little thing. We had almost made it, when my doggy hit something and curled into a small fur ball and rolled aside. As I moved closer I could point a slender black rebar pointing 18 inches up from the ground and there lay my shrieking doggy. As I rushed my doggy to the vet, I did not have the slightest notion that it would take about an hour and a half for his surgery.

I am sure that the medical bills would be too large to bear and I believe that it owes a lot to the negligence of my neighbors. It would be great if the vet bills could be reimbursed by them. Is it possible for me to do anything in this regard ?


Posted: 24 Mar 2006 05:34 Post Subject:

first off, sorry to hear about your dog, best wishes!

my thoughts are this. depending on your state: most stated are closed range states, meaning we have a duty to keep our animals on our property so negligence on your neighbor would not exist. however, if you had been hurt it would be the opposite. I wish I could tell you something different, but this is my understanding without further research. i'd like to hear others thoughts on this. keep me posted and good luck!

Posted: 29 Mar 2006 04:19 Post Subject: vet bills

I'm sorry...and I am sure you want them to share a bit of what you have already tasted !

Now, it would be somewhat difficult for you to get the bills reimbursed by them. Its advisable that you seek legal guidance and try pulling them to a small court, which in turn forces them to own up and pay for their carelessness. But surely, your state laws would play a vital role in this regard, in case its stressed that you need to take good care of your pets.

Posted: 29 Mar 2006 08:19 Post Subject: Huge medical bill

So far as my knowledge is concerned, each pet insurance policy will pay the veterinary fees. That pays up to a certain amount of money for each accident to treat your pet's injury, illness or other conditions. But you should give a good read to the policy. Also you can ask to your agent.
Oh! Sorry for your pet.

Posted: 15 Apr 2007 04:35 Post Subject: yupp!

true! you just need to go thru a detailed study of your state rules relating to pet insurance...

Posted: 15 Apr 2007 07:53 Post Subject:

Perhaps it was just me but I certainly could understand very little about what was going on from the way your post was written. "Jim" is your dog or your neighbors dog, as your dog appeared to be looking for "Jim"?

Anyway, if appears the re-bar is outside your own property. Most states that leash laws, does yours? If so then you would be required to keep your dog on a lease. As such, the re-bar probably could have been avoided.

Why was the re-bar in this area? Should your neighbor have expected anyone to have run into the re-bar?

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