Portland, OR asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon

Q: Yesterday My GSD dog , by accident, got off the metal choker lush and bite other small dog. Today the small dog died. ??

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: Oregon follows a strict liability rule when it comes to dog bites. This means that in most cases, a dog owner can be held liable for any injuries or damages caused by their dog, regardless of whether the dog has a history of aggression or not.

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

A: Being a GSD dog is irrelevant to this situation. You are vulnerable to being sued and your dog is likely subject to being restricted henceforth. Depending where this occured, your dog may be required to be muzzled and leashed whenever not inside your house, possibly have a secure kennel installed, etc. If it happens a second time, it is possible that the dog would be impounded and euthanized.

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