Am I liable for these vet bills?
October 26, 2010 6:21 PM Subscribe
Am I legally liable for veterinarian bills for my roommate's dog if the dog was injured while under my care?
posted by tumbleweedjack to Pets & Animals (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here's what happened: I offered to take my roommate's dog on daily walks to save him the cost of a dogsitter. While on a walk, I stopped for lunch and tied his leash to a fence a few feet away. While tied to the fence, he got himself wrapped up in the leash and managed to dislocate his leg. Since the original surgery, he has had numerous complications, and the bills have stacked up to over $6,000.
The roommate owes me $1375 for something unrelated, and though I originally worked out a payment plan with him because I understood he was in a rough situation, he is now saying that I should have contributed to the bills because the accident was my fault, and that he isn't going to further financially burden himself by paying me back until it is convenient for him.
I'm not asking whether or not I should contribute to the vet bills- I already did pay $350 for the initial visit and have told him he doesn't have to pay me back for that. I am interested in whether I am legally liable. This occurred in San Francisco if that's relevant.