Portland, OR asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon

Q: I Rehomed my older dog.

I rehomed him and I told him about all of the dog dietary issues and about his anxiety. He took him and then two weeks later he told that he was having issues with him. I told the new owner we couldn’t take him back due my new living situation. The new told me a week later that he had found him a new home and he felt that the dog would be happy. Now I found out that the dog had died and now his new owners are now texting me and want papers. They believe the person we rehomed our old dog that we abused our dog and that I should go to jail. What should I do?

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Gregory Abbott
Gregory Abbott
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: You should shut up and say absolutely NOTHING to anyone except your attorney. You have no legal obligation to discuss the matter with anyone, including the police if they become involved. Doing so can only hurt you and be twisted to be used against you. It likely will simply fade away as an issue but if not, and law enforcement becomes involved, refuse to say anything about it to them - and saying nothing means nothing. You can acknowledge your identity to the police but refuse to say anything about ever owning the dog, let alone about confirming that you gave the dog to someone else or that the dog had health issues going into it. Simply stay silent on it all. That is NOT a time to try to convince them of the merit of your case or position. They may be friendly or they may try to intimate you, it does not matter. Either way they are NOT there as your friend. Only take your legal advice from your own attorney. Otherwise, resist the temptation to try to verbally "justify" your actions or to "explain" to others. Good luck.

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