Mount Vernon, OR asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon

Q: Can a vet refuse to return a dog for failure to pay

I took my puppy in yesterday for a swollen foot. I had a medical emergency with my husband and had to use the money I had for gas. Now the vet won't return my dog. If this is illegal please send an ors # for me to give to the sheriff because they don't know for sure. Thank you

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1 Lawyer Answer
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: The vet has a lien on your pet to secure payment for their services. Just like you can't pick up your car from the repair shop without paying for it, you don't get to pick up your pet until you pay the bill. Why would you think you could get the vet's services without paying for it?

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