On thanksgiving day my almost 2 year old Chocolate Lab Dakota was diagnosed with renal dysplasia. Her kidneys never fully developed from birth. My vet said that this is a hereditary disease and that we should contact the breeder to let him know about the issue. We tried to contact him with the number he provided if there was an issue that was determined hereditary by our vet. After several attempts with this number and not receiving a call back. We searched the breeder on-line and found him selling a different breed with a different phone# to contact. We got threw to him with no problem. We told him about the issue and he told us we should have found this out when she was a pup and there was nothing he could do. Where can I go from here?
The problem with these types of cases is often the cost involved. Oftentimes DNA testing is required to establish the genetic defect. This alone could exceed the value of the market value of dog (which unfortunately are the expected damages). It is possible in certain circumstances to recover consequential damages such as any veterinary bills incurred in treatment of the disorder; but everything depends on the language of any contract at the time of sale.
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Move on. Sad as it is. There is nothing you can do. Dogs are considered "chattel" and the case would not have enough value to interest attorneys in your area unless you paid them hourly.
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