Emergency visit to vet. Was quoted 200 dollars bill is actually 500. Vet says he won't give me my dog back. Can he do that?
2 Answers from Attorneys
MN statute specifically provides for a veterinarian lien for professional services. It is located in Chapter 514. Law is detailed and complex, contains certain exceptions, caveats. You describe a complex legal issue. I urge you to pay a well-experienced attorney at this time and she can advise you in detail once she learns the full facts.
Tricia Dwyer Esq
Minnesota Civil Law Attorney
Minnesota Animal - Pet Law
Yes. Minnesota Statutes 514 allow the Vet a right of detainer with regard to the animal treated and, if unpaid, the pet may be sold buy the vet in certain situations.
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