We were pet sitting for a friend and the dog was hit by a car and died. Who is responsible for paying the vet bill?

After the vet told the owners their dog had a 20-30% and then later a 5% chance of survival they continued to have more expensive procedures done. Are we responsible for paying that as well? They said the dog shouldn't have even been over at our house, which is on a busy street, but the dog had been over here multiple times before. Maybe they feel it's different though, because that was under their watch. However we all know that accidents happen, and this certainly could have happened when they were here. Heartbroken and worried about the astronomical bill sending me to economic ruin. Help!

Asked by Member 1156264 on Feb 20th 2013 Tagged doghbc, dogsitting, emergency, vet, bill, responsible, party in Laws & Legislation
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I own and operate a boarding kennel and yes, you are responsible since it happened on your watch. One of our biggest expenses is liability insurance for reasons such as this.
One should never take on watching ANY dog (or other animal), without such insurance in place.
Sadly, it isn't up to anyone except the owner and their vet to determine how far to go in the effort to save their beloved pet.

Member 641257 answered on 2/20/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Are you saying you were supposed to be watching the dog at their place, but brought her to yours without asking first? How did the dog end up in the busy street? Sheer irresponsibility on your part. This could have been avoided had you been more careful. Yes, you are responsible for the vet bill.

Otto answered on 2/21/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


sorry to say you are responsible, despite you didn't receive money for your services, it was still a legal contract if the dog owner requested your service and you committed to it. Its like dropping the dog off to day care and something like this happens, the dog day care is responsible that is why they need heavy insurance to cover things like these. But if the dog came by your yard without you knowing, then there is no legal contract since he just came over and you are not responsible for his presence. So that is why people are careful not to take up responsibilities so easily, but then people do because they trust each other that if things happen, they will work it out together, say the owners will pay for the bill to just fix their beloved family member or perhaps will friendship isn't that strong, each pays fifty fifty or if you go to court it will end up fifty fifty due to negligence. anyhow, I suggest you talk to your friend about the bill and seriously apologize

Member 1023506 answered on 2/21/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer