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Old 01-06-2011, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I agree that if this happened at a dog park I wouldn't offer to pay for it, but since it was a friend who was already doing you a favor I would offer to pay for part of the surgery. This is assuming that both parties are in the same boat financially. If the friends who's dog was being petsat didn't have any money and that's why the free petsitting was happening in the first place than it's a different story. In that case I would offer to help in some other way, if I couldn't help financially.
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: East Windsor, NJ
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I agree with Mopey...if the friend has the money to help out (even if its just a loan) than I would hope they would..just for the sole fact that it is a friend in need..but with that being said, since it was a play injury, it could have occurred anywhere..a doggie playdate, someone's backyard, the dog park..so the other owner has no blame here. So I guess I am on the fence with this one. If it were me, I would try to help the friend out if possible. Either way I hope the dogsitter's pup is doing ok and either doesn't need the surgery or is able to get it at a lower cost.
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:31 PM
 
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I don't know if there would be an "obligation" to pay but I know if one of my dogs injured someone else's dog, I'd feel a moral obligation to at least offer to pay some of the costs. Maybe I'm old fashion but I was raised that this would be the right and nice thing to do.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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Your dog is injured, you are responsible for the vet bill.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Your dog is injured, you are responsible for the vet bill.
I agree with this, just curious to see what other think. My PC was injured badly at a licensed/bonded/insured pet sitter's house. As a result of that injury, he needed TPLO surgery which we paid for out of pocket ($4500) late last year. We never pursued the company, even though I'm positive that is why they carry this insurance.

This situation is slightly different, since they are good friends and the "sitter" is not really one, since she's not licensed or anything.

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Old 01-07-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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I'd offer to help as much as I could. Accidents happen, but if I accidentally break something at a friend's house I'm going to offer to replace it. And the fact they were doing me a favor by babysitting my dog for free, saving me kennel bills would make me feel even more likely to want to help.
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Im sorry but I would feel responsible and pay the whole shmoe so to speak . It was my dog therefore my responsibility to take care of the bill just as you would foot the bill for your child if they injured another child due to something silly they did . I think everyone should step up to the plate .
I hope it all works out .
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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in the case of an obvious accident if i were the one with the injured dog in this case no, i would NOT expect the other person to pay...

i see it the same as going to the dog park...you are accepting responsibil;ity for what can happen to your pet by going and there for aknowledging the risks associated...

it would be different if the dog was agressive and the owner knew it...

but in the case of accidental play related injury, no, i dont feel there should be any obligation...
HOWEVER if i was on the other side (the one whos dog did the injuring) IF i could afford it i would offer to help out on some level...
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Old 01-08-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: In a cat house! ;)
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I would offer to pay at least half the costs. My "kid" hurt their "kid."

However, my sisters and I always state the rules in advance when mixing our pets... The owner of the injured pet pays. With that statement, there is no guessing or wondering later.
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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If I asked a friend to look after my dog and she did for free, lovely. If she brought her dog with her and my dog injured hers, no I wouldn't pay for the vet fees, nor would I let her look after my dog again.

If her dog injured mine, the same would apply I wouldn't not expect her to pay the vet fees but I wouldn't let her look after my dog again.

At the end of the day she accepted responsibility for my dog and chose to bring her own dog along too, basically imo she couldn't cope.
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