Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon

Q: I need to speak with a attorney about legalities of veterinarian laws in the state of Oregon.

Is it legal for anyone besides the person who took a dog into the vet to surrender the the rights of the dog over to the vet.

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

A: The answer to this question is highly contextual. Since I don't know the full context, I cannot answer the question.

If your dog was brought to the vet in an emergency sort of situation and the vet treated the dog to save the dog's life, the vet would be entitled to the vet's reasonable services to save the dog's life before turning over the dog.

If the dog had a chip that showed you are the owner, then the person would not be able to hand over rights to the vet and the vet should have reasonably know you are the owner.

If the person sold the dog to the vet and the person selling the dog to the vet was the apparent owner a, there are legal issues with you getting your dog back, although you would have a case against the person who wrongfully sold your dog for profit.

It really depends on the full context of the situation.

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