I am sorry to hear about your dog. Unfortunately, according to the law a pet is considered property no different than your car or your house. Thus, if your car is damaged or taken you only are entitled to the value of the car at the time of the damage or theft. In this instance the vet owed you a duty to care for your property, they were negligent in that duty and are liable to you for the value of your property (See: LA Civ. Code Art 2315, person is liable for all damage caused by their negligence).
Thus, you would be able to recover the value of the dog and any money you paid the vet for him to board the dog, but I am afraid that the LA courts do not award emotional distress damages for property damage or loss claims. You do not need an attorney for this, you can go to your parish justice of the peace or small claims
court to sue without an attorney if the vet refuses to pay you the value of the dog upon your demand.
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