Never again will I help someone out and board their dog. A client needed to board while he moved. So I said OK because it was supposed to be for a week. I asked if he minded if I bred his dog to my bitch, and he was all for it. So now it's been almost 3 months and he refuses to pay the bill for me feeding the dog, heartworm treatments, etc.. I even paid the AKC to register his dog because he forgot to. I sent him a letter and even gave him a credit for a stud fee, which we agreed would be no charge, and he refuses to pay me. I still have the dog, he says he wants to come pick him up next week.... He keeps telling me the check is in the mail...lol... He probably won't sign the litter application form either to be a horse's butt, but I can go to court to compell that.... but what is the LAW on boarding... In New York a kennel has the right to keep the dog til the bill is paid, but I don't think so here in Texas, I think you have to give the dog and sue in small claims, and here in Texas that amounts to nothing,he doesn't own any property to put a lien on anyway. Now I may be sitting on an unregistered litter of really nice Dobie pups to boot. That's what i get for being nice and trying to help someone out. Any advice or ideas? The only thing I can do is send him a certified letter telling him he has 48 hours to get his dog or it will be considered abandoned and taken to the pound or rehomed. But he doesn't have to pay me...
Well, here's opinion and "advice" if you want to call it that.
First of all, (and please don't think I'm being nasty or rude here because I'm not trying to be) but anyway, if his dog was not even registered, why did you want to let him stud your bitch to begin with? If he had not had the papers completed, what makes you think he had any health testing performed? Did he have a pedigree showing champion bloodlines or any desirable traits that would have been worth breeding this male? Seriously, I'm just curious about that because I'm so selective about my studs. IF I ever stud my bitches out (very rare because I usually own both parents of a litter) but still, I have to see pedigrees and bloodlines and health certificates.
Now secondly, did you put anything in writing? Saying how long you would board the dog and what your payment would be? If the time went over x amount of days, he would pay $x per day? I understand he may be a friend or regular client or whatever, but still, you should always have a contract for everything that takes place with your kennel. It's just precaution now adays.
You can send him a certified, return recepit letter. Enclose a statement and give him 7 days to pay the bill. IF he refuses, state in your letter that after the 7th day, the dog in fact becomes your property. You have the AKC papers? You say you registered the dog for him but where did they mail the certificate? To you or to him?
This is a sticky situation here but aside from everything else, hope the pups are healthy and doing well.
Best of luck!
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
This was a puppy I bred and raised, and sold to this man. He was only supposed to board him for 2 weeks. I found out after the fact that he never registered the dog...(first lie) so as the breeder, I was able to go ahead and get that in order, so yes the dog is now registered and so are the puppies, I played nice nice and he approved the application for the pups.. No I didn't put it in writing because I thought the dog was only going to be with me for no more than 2 weeks.I was doing it as a favor to him. I had no idea that 2 weeks would turn into 3 months. He told me after the 2 weeks were up that he had cancer and needed to leave the dog with me while he went through treatments and that he would pay for his food and supplies. I do have texts from him stating all this. And BTW yes my pups are not BYB types, I show and promote my dogs, do pet therapy, etc.This dog is out of my champion bitch and the sire is a grand champion, also a certified narcotics detection dog. I'm not fly by night....lol... Another FYI, he also told me he was going to be at the Cancer Treatment Centers Of America in Tulsa, OK...I called to get his room number so I could send him a card, and he never was a patient there. Lie #2. Boy I was duped, huh? According to a friend that runs a boarding facility, I can send him a certified letter demanding he pick up the dog within 48 hours of receipt of the letter...yeah, then I'm out all that money. I can small claims it, but in Texas all I can do is get a judgement, and that's worth about the paper it's written on. If he doesn't pick up the dog within 48 hours, he is considered abandoned and I can sell him, or whatever.
Yes, especially if you can show the texts by him showing he agreed to pay for those things. That in itself is admittance that the deal was not as originally agreed and shows him liable.
I would send the notice and keep the dog when he does not show for him. I would not, though, sell or re-home without a legal release to do so by the court. He can come back on you then and be the winner in something he was originally in the wrong for.
File a case, set a price, notify him of total due to you for the time and how much you will be charging daily for each day not picked up and file all that in court. Selling before a court ok is asking for more trouble.
I California, at least in LA county, a dog that is abandoned at a boarding kennel (two weeks over due if I remember correctly) must be euthanized. You can't sell it, you cant keep it, and you certainly can't breed it. Doing so could cost you your license.
But I doubt you have any such license to lose anyway, so it doesn't really mater.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
If all this is true, my only option is to re home at no expense. I will not euthanise such a magnificent dog. He will make someone a wonderful pet. But I'm pretty sure that in my state, I can give him away as an abandoned dog....lol...something tells me when he gets that letter, he'll come get the dog...Maybe Robert Tilton will heal him or something. Oh and BTW I figured out how to get my picture up....
I can see, though how the original thing started. I too, take my babies on while the families vacation, etc. Love to get to see them and spend time with them while mom and dad are out of town. I dint do a contract in those cases either, I just have them bring them enough of their food to get them through and thats it as I dont charge anything to watch my kids.
Never bit me in the butt yet, but theres always a first time.
I'd pray that he never picks the dog up. He does not sound like a very responsible pet owner! As for the $$ - I'd write if off as a lesson learned. The hassle of small claims court and knowing that the odds of ever collecting it are slim would make me elect not to go that route. I hope you can find him a great home where he will be safe & loved.
That LA law is bizarre! I am totally opposed to killing a healthy, adoptable animal and especially for a reason like that. I hope that it gets changed. I know that one law I would cheerfully break.
I'm nmbasset, I wouldn't give him the dog back if he begged. He's an irresponsible liar and now that you've registered this dog, who has a good bloodline, what's to stop him breeding for cash? I know you're out the cost of boarding, but at least you have a second chance at providing this boy w/ a good home.
Well, today the overnight letter giving him 48 hours to pick up his dog will arrive and I will have the proof of delivery. Also I spoke with a friend who has extensive experience with all things dogs, she said you send one overnight carrier (UPS, FED EX or USPS)certified, anything that officially proves delivery, and then one in the regular mail.... With all the text messages, I'm sure this will not come back to haunt me. I have texts of him saying things like...go ahead and find him a home, I'm so sick, I'll send the check, I sent the check I can't help it if the mail didn't get it to you, I want to keep him, give him to a family, make sure he gets his Advantage, heartworm meds( MY MEDS for MY DOGS)....blah blah blah, probably over 100 texts and LOL I have them ALL. It's obvious in the texts that he's jacking me around. So I have a nice lady that wants him,and can come get him anytime after Saturday! From now on, even the best of clients will have to sign an agreement with definite terms. Hopefully he'll try to say he never got the overnight letter.....
Well, no one's at his office to get the ON letter and the company is going to try to get his verbal OK to leave it next door.Yes they will furnish me with a report. It doesn't matter anyway, this dog, who is the dog in the picture here (Gorgeous, huh?) is gone by Sunday, and to heck with the owner. I have a month's worth of texts begging him to please come get the dog I can't afford to feed him... so when I give him away, I say nothing until he slides out from under his rock, and if he gives me grief, I'll tell him I gave him every possible chance to get his dog, and he ignored me...All he can get in a court is the original purchase price (400) and he owes me probably over 600...whatever, I just want this dog in a new home. He eats more than any of my others.