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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Im being evicted from my apt because my dogs collar broke&he got loose,neighbors do the same thing no eviction.fight it?

I had previously gotten a notice because my dog got out one night and I didn't know. We'll my dogs collar broke while I was walking him and the lady in the office saw and she wrote me up again and lied saying he was running the whole apts for ten minutes which resulted in a 10 day... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on May 22, 2018

Whether a landlord pursues other tenants for similar alleged lease violations is irrelevant to whether you were in violation. If you fight it in court, the landlord will have the burden of proving the first violation, that they served you a lawfully worded notice which was lawfully served, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for Oregon on
Q: if a dog was given as a gift to me as a child can my mom take her away.

All the papers and the chip inside of the dog state her name but I was too young for them to put my name down and I never thought it’d become a legal course taken by my mother to remove the dog from my home that I live in separately with my father. Is there anyway I can protect my dog from being... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
answered on Feb 11, 2018

Even though you are a minor you can own property. I can't say that in your situation the dog was given to you and became your property. There are probably two sides to the story. Typically pets are bought as family pets for the entire family even if the family says that the pet is for one... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Oregon on
Q: If I pet sit for sum1 and they break the verbal agreement on # of days and amount of $, can I withhold the animals?

There's 2 animals. Im pet sitting at my own home. They were gone several additional days without even a phone call to tell when they would REALLY be back. And they refuse to pay anything for my service when we clearly verbally agreed on a specific $ amount per day. Is it illegal to not allow... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
answered on Jan 26, 2018

I would give them their dogs back and sue them in small claims court for the verbal agreement you had for payment. If you don't they can sue you for conversion of their property - keeping their dogs when they are the rightful owner and if they get an attorney that knows how to use ORS 20.080... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: What should I expect out of settling my dog bite case?

A couple months ago I was moving into a friends house and her pitbull and rottweiler attacked me. They got my arm, upper and lower part, pretty good with their teeth and then also on both side of my hip and sliced 2 of my fingers open. Luckily my friend had USAA so I did not have to sue her to pay... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Nov 15, 2017

Without seeing the scars it's difficult to tell. It could be a large case or small case. Were your photos taken to show all scars? Were the photos of good definition? In the best light?

Generally they will ask you what you think a good figure is or they will start out low.That's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: What do I do if someone is watching our cat and never told us that he ran away and threatens us if we try to come over?

We had a friend watch our cat because we couldn't have him at the place we were living for the time being. We have all of his vet records in our name and he is chipped. We wanted our cat back but we were told he ran away weeks ago and we were also threatened not to come to these people's... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
answered on Aug 29, 2017

Are you saying that you don't believe the cat ran away, but rather that these people are keeping the cat and lying to you? If that is the case you can file a case for replevin which is the type of case that asks for the return of personal property. But I would first want you to have proof... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Oregon on
Q: Get Dog Back After Signing Contract

I gave my pit away to someone, and signed a contract. He looks so sad and I want him back, because I think they're treating him badly. What do I do?

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
answered on Aug 13, 2017

Wait did you sell the dog or did you gift him? What do you mean you signed a contract? One doesn't need a contract to gift something. If this was a sale and you have no proof that the animal is being mistreated you probably don't have any rights. If you do have proof or good reason to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I took my 4 month old puppy in to Dove Lewis he was diagnosed with PARVO, Im currently unemployed have no income so the

Vet tells me long story short If I want Ceaser to Live I must Give him up to Oregon Humane Society they will pay to hospitalize him and than when he's All Well they will adopt him out I told them i wanted him adopted out and i left without finishing appoiment or sighning a thing I was... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on May 4, 2017

Maybe you should finish the paper work so your dog can live, then go adopt your dog from the humane society or have a friend do so if you cannot afford it. At least if your dog is alive, you have a little time to ask for some charitable donations so you can pay to adopt your dog. Let them know... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Oregon on
Q: My ex bought me a puppy.I pd her back but now she wants to sell him.Akc and registration are in my name.

There was no written agreement between us. My credit was bad and she financed him. To my knowledge she hasn't paid the financing and is just trying to be mean. Vet, registration, akc papers are all in my name only. Can she take him?

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on May 4, 2017

Since the vet, registration, a.k.c. papers are all in your name, there is evidence she purchased the dog as a gift for you. If you paid her back for the dog then you definitely own the dog, although it sounds like you might have a difficult time proving this, as you stated there was no written... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Can I legally obtain my dog from my father if I can begin paying for my dogs insurance and register him under my name?

I am moving out of my fathers house soon and he has always told me to take my dog with me when I leave. We have not been on good terms lately and now says he will call the police on me if I take my dog. Since I was a child when I bought my dog and am 18 now, he has paid for all of my dogs vet bills... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on May 4, 2017

If you were to take the dog, you could claim the dog is a gift, as he told you the dog was yours and you have a witness. Since he is your father, there is a stronger presumption that the dog is a gift. However, since your father registered that dog in his name, this could be evidence that he did... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Who gets the pups leagaly?

I have a black German Shepherd and my mom's dog has mated with her without my permission and after me telling her not to let it happen. And now that it has she wants half the litter. Even though my girlfriend and I have been taking care of the mom during and after pregnancy, including pup Is... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on May 4, 2017

It is your dog and your pups. Owners that allow their dogs to trespass on the dogs of others have no legal claim. You could make a claim for trespass; however, it appears that you have not been harmed by the trespass, as you have stated the pups are worth $600.00 each.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: My Belgem Sheppard had a litter recently. And was mated with my mom's catahula. She's wanting to claim half the litter.

My Belgem Sheppard had a litter recently. And was mated with my mom's catahula. She's wanting to claim half the litter.

This was done without my permission and with me repeatedly saying they shouldn't.

Erigardles she wasn't paying attention to the two different... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on May 4, 2017

Based upon the facts you have given, I do not believe she would prevail if she were to file a lawsuit and claim half the litter. It is your dog that you cared for while she was pregnant. Her dog trespassed on your dog without your permission. She can make whatever claims she wants, I do not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Left my cat with sitter, she let him out, didn't look for him and didn't tell us for 4 days. What is my legal recourse?

She was repeatedly told to make sure the door was closed, she also never cleaned their water. We've spent almost $2000 between flight changes back from Eurpoe, losing out on our last hotel nights that were already paid for, treats, motion sensor cameras, traps, and a professional pet tracker.... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on May 4, 2017

If you paid her for her services and she has assets, such as real property, it might be worth it to sue for breach of contract and negligence and collect damages. If she has no money, it would be a waste of time and money from a business perspective to go after her. There would have to be an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: So my friend was taking care if my dog for me and out of the blue she tells me he bit a little girl and killed a cat

Now she is demanding me to help or I will go to jail and he will be put down I don't believe he did this only cuz he has never done anything like this to my kids or our other animals what should I do

Mr.  Gary R. Johnson
Mr. Gary R. Johnson
answered on Mar 5, 2017

Contact your insurance agent and make a claim under your homeowner's policy. You may be liable for the girl's medical expenses and, if the dog was found to have been unreasonably dangerous before attacking the girl, for the girl's pain and suffering damages as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: who has legal rights to a dog who's owner has passed away?

My best friends boyfriend died while she was in Mexico. His dead beat mother took the dog that they shared (originally his dog) for the last 10 months, as a plea for attention like she's a good person. His grandfather and grandmother know that he would not have wanted his mother to have the... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
answered on Jan 24, 2017

It is hard to say. The person that bought the dog would have technically been the owner unless it was gifted to someone else. It just sounds like the mother is grieving and took the dog as a way to deal with her grief. If your best friend wants to figure out ownership rights for the dog, she... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: A friends dog chased a man on a bicycle and bit his leg. Small bite He now has to prove his dog is safe - how?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Aug 10, 2016

Get the dog tested for rabies. He should contact his vet to determine best way.

Or the dog control warden if he was cited.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Is it legal to ask a renter to verify that their dog is a service dog and that they have sufficient insurance?

to cover in event of an attack?Does going through a rental agency effect this?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Aug 9, 2016

Why not? They can decide to have a pet friendly or no pets policy.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: If my renter's dog attacks someone am I liable or in danger of legal action against me?
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Aug 9, 2016

"in danger of legal action against me" very much so, if your renter does not have renters insurance or enough of it. Are you liable, that is a much more complex question. If this actually happened, versus theoretical, contact your own insurance company to put them on notice of a claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: My sister stole my dog, its registered under my name, she won't just give her to me, how can I get her back?

My sister agreed to watch my dog while I was out of town, when I got back she said she was keeping her and that that sucked for me, the dog is registered under my name, I have all of her adoption papers and everything but if I go to her house she won't just give her to me, how can I get her... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Jul 20, 2016

I would suggest filing a police report. The police will likely not do anything other than take the report, as they will consider this a civil matter, but it might be enough to get your sister to turn the dog over.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: There was a pit bull on school grounds & they threatened to call the pound. I left school with admistration knowing I

Was going to take the dog home. The only thing I had to hold it with, was with my belt. Which is one that you loop through one circle then back into the other circle & it tightens on its own. Well it's not a very tight belt & the dog got away as I was walking home because the belt got... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on May 23, 2016

I would suggest finding a criminal defense attorney to handle this. Anything you say to the police will be used against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Can someone bring a dog onto my property and let him run free? I've told them he scares me and they laugh.
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 1, 2016

Call your local animal control department. Tell them that there is a dog on your property without your permission and ask them to impound the dog.

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