Portland, OR asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon

Q: What is the law on ownership of a chipped animal. I have cared for my pet for 4 years, vet scan now adds new owner issu

Thought it was abondened by a neighbor. Been healthy and happy with us.

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

A: To Whom It May Concern:

That fact that a dog is chipped, is a piece of evidence for ownership among other potential evidence. For instance, there may be other evidence of ownership, such as a bill of sale, vet bills paid, aka registration etcetera. Obviously, if you come across an animal that appears to be abandoned, it is a good idea to see if the animal is microchipped to see if the pet can be returned to its owner. Presumably, if an owner has lost a pet, the owner will make sure their microchipped contact information is updated. You raised the issue of abandonment. The facts surrounding the abandonment would need to be weighed. There is no clear cut answer but evidence to be weighed.

Jennie L. Clark

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