Portland, OR asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon

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. Can I sue to recover these costs? No contract, no company, just a lady recommended by someone else.

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Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: 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 analysis regarding which of your damages are actually recoverable as well. Our firm sometimes, drafts a demand on an hourly basis for these sorts of cases with the threat of attorney fees under ORS 20.080 or ORS 20.082 if a lawsuit must be filed. Of course litigation has its risks.

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