Hit stray dog. Passersby took dog to vet. Asking for $1600

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    Hit stray dog. Passersby took dog to vet. Asking for $1600

    My husband hit a stray dog while driving 30-35 mph in our neighborhood. (So, he was going a little fast). Two women ran out from a nearby house and wanted to help the dog. He was too traumatized to really think through what should happen next. The women told him they would take care of the dog and asked for his phone# and asked if he would contribute. He told them he would then drove on. Now, they're tellling us that they spent over $1600 at the vet and want him to pay for it. If he'd been thinking clearly he wouldn't just called animal control and if that wasn't their responsibility the most we wouldn't done is had the vet put the dog to sleep. One of the women is a lawyer and now she's trying to hold the fact that he was speeding over his head for the money. What is our true responsibility?


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    The woman's accusation of speeding is most likely without merit because she had no way of determining how fast your husband was driving. Also your husband agreed to contribute, not pay for the entire amount. I do not believe he is legally responsible for the entire amount.
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    I think they want us to pay at least half. But, we would never authorize an expensive procedure on an animal. Even with our own pets we would've mercifully put one to sleep instead. Would it be adequate for us to only pay what we would've to put him to sleep? We love animals but we can't afford all the things a vet can do. We have trouble paying for our own medical bills. In fact, we're many months behind on our medical bills. It's hard to justify taking money that we need to put toward procedures for our daughter and put them to a stray dog.

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    You should try explaining this to the person demanding payment and you can refuse to pay altogether.
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