Renton, WA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: A neighbors dog barked. My dog then pulled and broke his harness and ran over to the other dog.

The other dog was injured slightly. The officer investigating the incident found that our dog was not a threat. The vet that looked at our dog said our dog was very friendly and not aggressive. Other neighbors also say our dog had never acted aggressive or in a threatening manner. However the landlord says our dog is a threat and since he caused injury he must be removed or we will be evicted. My dog is an emotional support dog for my medical conditions. What are my rights.

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Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Assuming your landlord has issued the required notice, containing the required information and lawfully served, your choice sounds to be remove the dog; get out; or be subject to being evicted. Your dog has demonstrated aggression and you have demonstrated a failure to maintain your leashes in adequate condition to control your pet. The landlord does not have to wait for further problems before being able to protect himself and other tenants. If your dog was to cause damage in the future, and your landlord knew of this altercation but allowed you to keep it, the landlord might well be liable and sued.

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