If you broke up with someone, could they legally hold pets as collateral for unpaid vet bills that is owed?

They charged it on their card and won’t reveal the amount. The person who owes is mentally disabled and the person owed is being manipulative.

Asked on August 19, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Florida


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, the holding of one's pets by someone who has not been paid for a veterinarian bill is improper and against the law. I suggest that the person who owes the money for his or her pet consult with an attorney that practices in the area of contract law.

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