Seattle, WA asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon

Q: an animal shelter lied and said I had two weeks to claim my animals instead they became their property in 78 hours

The shelter adopted out My ferrets within a week and they neutered my registered service dog in 78 hours. the cops has recorded body cam audio of the promise of two weeks and also the dash cam was on and I believe it caught it also and I had a witness in the police car with me that heard them say two weeks not 78hours

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Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: IF this happened in Oregon, when an animal is found and held in a shelter and when the owner is known the Shelter are required to give you notice 5 days before adoption, if you do not show after five days the animals can be adopted out.

If you service dog was neutered in Oregon, you may have conversion claim. I would recommend talking to an attorney in Oregon. However, if this happened in the state of Washington, you will need to talk to a Washington licensed attorney. Additionally, for both issues it is important to know which county of the State that this occurred in.

Good luck.

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