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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: i live in oregon, with other people and the owners dog is vicious and attacks my dog, i dont know what to do

this dog has bitten a kid in the past and is vicious all the time

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Jan 28, 2024

Make a complaint to your local animal control. Find out if the dog owner is a homeowner or has renter's insurance. You are entitled to be reimbursed for any vet bills the vicious dog causes to your dog. If a human is attacked, the human is entitled to non-economic damages for pain,... View More

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Q: I adopted a dog but shelter picked him up for his neuter appointment per agreement won’t give him back

I adopted a puppy and ended up bringing him home sooner than planned. I paid for him the same day we brought him home and had an agreement that I would get all the paperwork when they dropped him back off after they picked him up to take him to his prearranged neuter appointment. I currently split... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: We recently rehomed our dog. We used a site and stated his behavioral issues (food aggression and not great with small

Children). New owners have 4 children and insisted dog would be exercised, get lots of love, have plenty of space, etc. They purchased him and took him home last week. I asked that they slowly introduce him to everything or he’d be overwhelmed and stressed. I got a video of the kids crawling all... View More

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Dec 20, 2023

You are not responsible for what their dog did, especially if you warned them to begin with.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Domestic Violence for Oregon on
Q: Can I be legally denied as a dv victim to transfer to another unit, if I don’t want to spay or neuter my esa dog
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Oct 16, 2023

You don't begin to provide enough information for anyone to even understand your situation let alone properly advise you. Do understand though that generally (legally speaking) service animals and emotional support animals are not classified as pets (rather they are working service animals)... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: can a citizen take posession of a un attended dog in public? to me this seems seizure without due process.

there is a rise of citizent grabbing dogs that are loose in public. citizens are not authorized by law to do this. it violates the 4th amendment and is also possibly theft. citizens are subjective and provide no due process . property is property. dog or not. many agencies condone and promote this... View More

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Oct 10, 2023

It somewhat depends upon the circumstances. Most communities have leash laws and in most places, unattended dogs wandering anywhere/everywhere on their own are prohibited. Packs of wild dogs are not good for society and how is one to know, looking at this particular dog, if it is wild or a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: My dog got stolen by my ex girlfriends and herfamily and won'tgive dog back. Ihave paperwork from medical bills? Help

How much will it cost and what can I do 2 get my dog back?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Sep 7, 2023

You can sue her in court for the return of your pet or for monetary damages. How much it will cost is impossible to know. With a bit of planning, you might be able to put her on the hook for your attorney's fees and costs but there is no guarantee ahead of time.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
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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answered on Aug 23, 2023

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.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
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

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jul 22, 2023

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?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I sold my disabled (cerebral palsy) grandchilds puppy (no paperwork) and she wants back. Lady said no. Help

We owned him 4 months. Lady only 2 days. Oregon state.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Mar 28, 2023

Doesn't matter if new person has only owned the dog for 2 minutes; is there something about selling the dog you don't understand? IF the buyer wants to sell it back to you, at whatever price you both agree upon, they can. But you have no right to demand or force it and they are free to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I live in a multi family apartment complex, my neighbor makes a lot of noise, loud music and loud barking dog.

I have reported this to my landlord, property manager and leasing staff via email and in person more than 30 times since September 18, 2022, the day my neighbor moved in. But over 4 months later now very little has changed. My property manager kept asking me to present 3rd party confirmation but... View More

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jan 18, 2023

First, if you are in Multnomah County and the dog either barks for more than 10 minutes straight or intermittently for more than 30 minutes, gather your proof (record it?) and file a complaint with Multnomah County Animal Control. The process can take some pursuit but they do try to enforce the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Is it legal for my landlord to talk to the ex housemate that assulted me in a domestic violence. Who call4 dog assult?

The roommate was told he has to move and now the landlord doesn't want to rent toe just the other roommate but they talk to each other and other people about me and eviction court and conspire stories to make up to try to get the judge to favor them the guy assulted me and the landlord and... View More

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jan 18, 2023

I am not seeing much of a question here so it is difficult to know how to respond. IF your question is can the landlord and now ex-tenant talk about you between themselves, the answer is of course - you have no right to control who someone talks to or what they talk about. If you believe they are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Can vets turn animals away when it’s life or death, and what happens if they do and the animal dies? This is in Oregon.
Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Jan 6, 2023

I am not aware of any laws requiring veterinarian hospitals to accept animal patients on an emergency basis. I understand hospitals must accept humans as patients on an emergency basis.

My dog needed emergency services I had to call around to find an opening after Dove Lewis informed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Oregon on
Q: I won the lawsuit to get my three abducted pets back, but where do I go from here?

My pets were abducted two months ago by my ex-roomie who was acting very mentally unstable leading up to me asking him to move out of my home. I filed a lawsuit in Washington County small claims court against him, which is where my home is located and where the defendant relocated. I recently got a... View More

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Dec 12, 2022

Yes, you apparently have a Judgment in your favor but now need to be able to enforce it. In this case, that appears to have to be done by a Sheriff and that in turn only happens when the Sheriff gets an express Order (Writ) from the Judge telling the Sheriff to go enforce your Judgment but taking... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Oregon on
Q: My late fiancés mom is trying to take my dogs from me because she is executor of his will. Do I have any rights?

I was a live in girlfriend and care provider to him while he battled cancer and seizures for 8 years

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Dec 5, 2022

You must be in a rough state of mind losing your boyfriend and your dogs. If you have title to the dogs or other documentation of ownership of the dogs, you should be able to get your dogs back. Unfortunately, the cost of hiring an attorney would likely exceed the value of the dogs. You might... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I gave a puppy to someone in order to pay for it they breed the dog and give me two puppys

The first time we bred she didn't take so we had to wait she went behind my back bred her again had puppy's never told me and won't pay me

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Sep 11, 2022

Legally she owes you based upon your verbal agreement. However, it may difficult to prove a verbal agreement and impractical to collect even if you do. If the agreement is in writing and the person is a home owner, the agreement will be much easier to enforce.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
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... View More

Gregory Abbott
Gregory Abbott
answered on Aug 22, 2022

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... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Im a landlord and my tenant has gotten an animal neglect charge from the city, is it on me at that point to evict her?

If I don’t evict will I be at risk of getting in trouble with the state for the animals neglected in my home?

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Aug 10, 2022

Any attorney would need to know more to fully answer your question. For instance, does the tenant claim the animals a service animals? Can the tenants be given a no-cause eviction under the new laws limiting no-cause evictions? Do the tenants have any potential counterclaims? Can you prove a... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I need to know how to get my stolen cat returned. Unfortunately, it’s not taken as seriously as, say, a car.

She was stolen by my ex just to hurt me. She’s filed false papers claiming my cat is her “companion cat”. I have all the proof & witnesses to support the truth in this matter.

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Jun 28, 2022

You might want to consider small claims court in light of the fact that most attorneys charge $300-$400 per hour. You cannot have an attorney in small claims court. If you obtain a judicial order for in junctive relief for the return of the cat, she would be in contempt of court if she does not... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I’ve filed reports with Animal Control for “Theft of an animal”, & “Possession of a Stolen Animal.” No response.

7.005.129 - Possession of a Stolen Animal.

A. A person commits the offense of possession of a stolen animal if a person has in his/her care, custody, possession or control an animal not owned by that person and not placed by the owner/caretaker of that animal, in the persons care, custody... View More

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Jun 21, 2022

Only non attorneys can appear in small claims court. If you know who has your cat and you can prove you own the cat, you could file a case in small claims court and ask for injunctive relief for the return of your cat. You could also hire an attorney on an hourly basis to file a civil suit for... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I received a 10 day pet violation from my landlord. I am being told I have to get rid of my dog or be evicted.

He is an ESA animal can they make me move or get rid of him?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Apr 20, 2022

If your lease does not allow for pets then your landlord has a right to serve you with a notice of termination for the violation. However, if your animal is an emotional support animal ("ESA"), you need to show your landlord your note from your doctor proving your animal is an ESA, which... View More

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