Klamath Falls, OR asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon

Q: My dog and my neighbors dog got into a fight. My do push his way under the fence I fixed the fence

My dog pushed his way under the fence a second time she took her dog to the vet he got 1 staple and wants us to pay the bill. I'm I leagaly bind to? They interagate my dog with broom sticks throwing appels using sticks to push at him where do I stand with this situation?

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

A: If I am understanding the facts correctly, your dog trespassed onto the neighbor's property. You stated this was the 2nd time your dog had done this, so an argument could be made that you knew there was a risk of your dog trespassing and the issues should have been previously addressed, by securing the fence or confining your dog.

I agree with your neighbor that you should pay for the vet bills caused by your trespassing dog and in your negligence in addressing the issue. However, if you pay the vet bills, you will need to have your neighbor sign a release of all claims. If you have homeowners or renters insurance, they might cover the claim after you pay your deductible. However, it might be a small enough bill that you might just want to pay it so your insurance rates don't increase.

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