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Ely, Counselor at Law
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I took my 2 dogs to a groomer yesterday. my dog was a pure

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Hello I took my 2 dogs to a groomer yesterday. my dog was a pure bred Yorkie. When I went to pick him up they delayed bringing him to me. I found out they dropped him and when they did bring him out he was paralyzed and shaking in terrible pain. They said he may have had a stroke and told me to take him to the vet. The vet said they called her in the mean time and said he had tried to jump out of the cage and they missed trying to catch him. His temp went up to 105.9 He had broken a bone in his spine. The vet said a nuerologist in Portland and immediate surgery might allow him to walk again or he should be put down. They paid the vet bills but we want another Yorkie. Do we have the right to receive compensation? Dogs like mine cast anywhere from $1000 to 2300.I can't quit crying and my husband is mad.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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I am so sorry for your pet's situation! Yes, someone in your situation does have the right to seek compensation.

In the end, the pet is considered "chattel." What the groomer - the company - did was not provide the necessary care for the pet arguably, while the pet was in their care. This would be cause for negligence. The essential elements of actionable negligence are: (1) the existence of a duty owed to the complaining party; (2) a breach thereof; (3) a resulting injury; and (4) a proximate cause between the claimed breach and resulting injury. Hansen v. Washington Natural Gas Co., 95 Wn.2d 773, 776, 632 P.2d 504 (1981).

They damaged your chattel, meaning that they are liable for its "repair" or if it cannot be "repaired," then the price of a comparable item, much like if they had hit your vehicle.

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