Hi my name is Ivan and I just adopted a puppy from the Humane society on Sunday January 4th 2015 we brought her home and then the next day she got really sick and was throwing up everywhere. So we rushed her to a 24 hour veterinarian and she was diagnosed with parvovirus. She is still in emergency care and already I have spent over $1000
for a puppy the humane society deemed well enough to adopt out. My question is can I have the humane society reimburse me for climbing medical cost?
I'm sorry to hear this. My puppy had the same virus (but was saved with $1000's of dollars in vet bills), who I bought from a private entity but I didn't go after them. I am not sure it would have been worth it. Did they provide you with documents stating that your puppy had all her or his shots? Parvo virus is a very preventable virus if the puppy has all their shots. If they provided this, you may have some grounds to go after them. A case against them is presumably based on contract law, so I would wonder what kind of guarantees they gave you or what documents they had you sign.
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It all depends on what releases you signed and the language in the contract.
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You can always sue , but the key is winning. If they promised a disease free animal then you may have a cause of action. Did You notify the Humane Society of the problem as this can be very contagious they should know right away.
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I am so sorry to hear this happened to you. However, having volunteered countless hours for various companion-animal rescue organizations, I can tell you that most of these operations are on a shoestring budget. And while they may try to observe/test for the most common diseases in the animals they take in, there are no guarantees (unless they provided you a written guarantee of perfect health, which I highly doubt), and animals often exhibit symptoms after being adopted out due to the stress of relocation, new people, places, etc. If I were you, I would chalk it up to you and they have done a good deed by rescuing this pup, assume that the humane society had no knowledge or the situation, report it to them for disease control, and simply cough up the money to get your dog well. Best of luck!
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