What is a boarding kennel’s liability for an injury to a dog that occurred through no negligence on the kennel’s part?

UPDATED: Aug 29, 2011

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What is a boarding kennel’s liability for an injury to a dog that occurred through no negligence on the kennel’s part?

A dog in boarding has a torn ligament from playing. No negligence on business side. Owner wants boarding to pay for injury. Considers business liable because he was hurt while in our care. Injury was not caused by any fault of kennel. Is kennel liable for medical fees?

Asked on August 29, 2011 Florida


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

In order to obtain compensation from the kennel that boarded that dog that received a torn ligament while playing at the kennel, the animal owner's damages presumably will be the veterinarian bill and medication costs for the injury's repair, the owner of the dog must prove that the kennel owner was negligent in causing the injury to have happened and the costs of the resulting damages.

If the injury was the result of the animal just playing while at the kennel, it would appear that the animal's owner's will not be able to bear their burden of proving any negligence by the kennel owner entitling them to any damages claimed.

Injuries to people and animals happen all the time without the negligence of anyone. The injuries just happen. Example: athletes playing sports.

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