Q: are there rules/regulations/laws about staff of a doggy day care leaving for the nite?

June 13, 2008 | By Sara S. | 2 answers | Expired: 2374 days ago

Sara S.

i was just wondering what the rules/laws are if any about having a doggy day care unstaffed over nite (i live in WI)

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Jessica H.

Jun 21, 2008

It may vary by state or even county, but I know the kennel I had my dog at was not staffed during the night, but they did make us aware. Just ask your specific kennel if there is someone with the animals overnight.

If it is a medical facility that boards and a dog needs medication every X hours or an animal in critical condition that needs to be monitored, they may have someone there round the clock.

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Jun 14, 2008

You can go to your state government website to search for the codes and laws. I've done that for my state frequently.

I'm not sure if it's a federal law but in my state the law requires that animal hospitals and clinics which are not staffed 24-hours a day tell the owner of the animal. It is in the hospitals best interest to get a signature on a document stating their hours.

This became law because a politicians dog died in the middle of the night at an animal hospital. The politician didn't realize that the hospital wasn't staffed 24-hours a day even though their hours were posted. He probably assumed that someone stayed the night even though the business was closed. I think he may have sued the hospital too but I'm not sure.

That politician wrote a law stating all veterinary hospitals which are not staffed 24-hours a day must let the animal owners know. He named it after his dog, something like Peanuts Law but I forget. Now most animal hospitals require a signature on a document stating their "staffed" hours for their own protection.

It would be good idea to get signatures on an hours form for anyone boarding pets for the night before the owner leaves a pet but I'm not sure if it's a law for boarding facilities too.

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