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Q: I live in oregon. I bought a german shepherd puppy. We did a dna test. Its a mix puppy. What are my options here?

the breeder said it was a purebred with no papers. We bought a dna test and turns out he is half german shepherd. He is five months.

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Sep 24, 2020

Theoretically, there is a breach of contract case assuming you have the evidence to prove the breach. If there is a contract stating you purchased a purebred for x price, then there is a breach of contract. Normally, the remedy is to return the dog and get your money back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: What are my rights as a property owner? how do I evict someone who refuses to leave my propery?

I let a friend stay on my property in a tent on a temporary basis. I live on this property also, in a mobile home. There was never any contract so to speak, and he doesnt pay rent. Winter came and I allowed him to stay in a gutted out schoolbus that had a woodstove in it so that he wouldnt freeze.... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Sep 16, 2020

If the dog bit anyone, you should report that to your local county animal control. If the dog bit at the command of a human, you should report that to your local police or sheriff. As to getting rid of him, you need to review everything with a local landlord-tenant attorney. IF you can establish... Read more »

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Q: my ex girlfriend stole my therapy dog How can I get him back?
Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Sep 5, 2020

If you are on a budget, you can file a lawsuit in small claims court and request injunctive relief for the return of the dog.

If money is no object, you could hire an attorney to file a lawsuit for injunctive relief. But this would likely run into the thousands of dollars. If your ex...
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Q: Breeder of $2k bulldog pup let pup go home with a buyer (ex’s cousin) & do payments. She had me babysit twice and ...

Upon picking the pup up from their home, the grandma (slow, overwhelmed loud) is there with the two twins & toddler. I didn’t know she would be spending so much time w/pup while the they work full days & many vacations a year. I don’t contract to sell to neglect & abusive... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 1, 2020

So, repo (repossession) would require you to prove a breach of contract for nonpayment. You can file a lawsuit under a verbal agreement because that is as enforceable as a written contract. You just have the additional hurdle of proving the contract existed. This can easily be done given the... Read more »

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Q: Breeder of $2000 eng bulldog pup allowed pup to go home with a buyer and do payments. She had me babysit twice and ...

I recognized signs of minor animal abuse. I Do not want to continue the sale. Do I have the right to go take him? She still owes 500. And I will give her back the payments she has paid. We live in Salem,Oregon. We do not have a formal contract. I think this is time sensitive. Can anyone please... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Aug 30, 2020

Assuming you keep the dog and issue a refund, what is the worst they buyer can legally do? The buyer could issue a demand under ORS 20.082 for breach of contract, wait 30 days, and sue for specific performance and demand attorney fees and costs and prevail. In this case, the buyer would get the... Read more »

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Q: My sister stole my dog (who is used as an emotional support animal)

my sister and I had a verbal agreement where I would become the final owner of her two dogs (she was not able to home them and didn't want them to be with my grandmother) i promised she could take them camping but they were becoming my children's emotional support animals so I would not... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Aug 26, 2020

Theoretically, you would have a claim against your sister for the tort of conversion. You could have an attorney send a demand under OS 20.080 for a return of the dog and give her 30 days to return the dog without incurring attorney fees or costs. Then you could file a lawsuit for injunctive... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My roommate threatened to shoot my dog.

My roommate is afraid of my 11 month old puppy who is mouthy but non-aggressive and my roommate is afraid of him. He threatened to kill the dog and told me he has guns in the house. The landlord is refusing to do anything. Is this considered outrageous in the extreme? I feel very threatened and... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Aug 19, 2020

Maybe it would be outrageous; maybe not. Regardless, only a landlord can try to evict a tenant for outrageous acts, NOT a co-tenant. If you cannot work it out with your roommate, then your option is to terminate your tenancy and move. Do note that you need to provide your landlord with proper... Read more »

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Q: My dog and my neighbors dog got into a fight. My do push his way under the fence I fixed the fence

My dog pushed his way under the fence a second time she took her dog to the vet he got 1 staple and wants us to pay the bill. I'm I leagaly bind to? They interagate my dog with broom sticks throwing appels using sticks to push at him where do I stand with this situation?

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Aug 10, 2020

If I am understanding the facts correctly, your dog trespassed onto the neighbor's property. You stated this was the 2nd time your dog had done this, so an argument could be made that you knew there was a risk of your dog trespassing and the issues should have been previously addressed, by... Read more »

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Q: He is chipped. So if my neighbor takes him to the pound I can call the police? and then go get my cat back?
Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Jul 17, 2020

The easiest thing to do is contact the pound and provide them documentation of the chip information that the animal is yours. Then go pick up your animal. I have had two of my pets returned this way.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Can my neighbor take my cat to the pound because he feels my cat is being a nuisance?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 16, 2020

It wouldn’t be right or legal for him to do so. But keep an eye on your cat because if your neighbor catches him and takes him to the pound, there will be little you can do to get him back, especially if he doesn’t have a collar or a microchip.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: How do I revise a restraining order to gain custody of my dog who is registered in the county and chip in my name.

The individual has a current misdemeanor and pending indictment taking effect for felony strangulation, menace, assaultin 4th degree and harassment.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 16, 2020

If the person who has your dog is the person who is restrained from contacting you, you will have to get in Touch with the prosecutor or your victim’s advocate To see if you can do a civil assist to get your dog back.

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Q: In Oregon can a landlord make you neuter your dog and if you don't, evict you???
Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Jul 12, 2020

I would look to your rental agreement to see if the issue of dog neutering is addressed. Landlords can have a policy of no dogs or only neutered dogs. If your dog is a service dog, then the landlord will need to accommodate your disability. I am not sure if the neutered status of your dog affects... Read more »

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Q: Is there a specific amount of time an owner can claim a lost cat before the cat is adopted?

A cat showed up at my house and I am trying in good faith to find her owners (if any) before I adopt her as my own. I took her to the vet after 3 days to scan for a chip (none), check for sterilization (spayed but not ear tipped), and check her overall health. I have checked any/all social media... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 7, 2020

In Colorado, the law on abandoned property is 5 years. You would have to look up the abandoned property law in OR, because animals are considered property there, too. That said, you are doing the right things to protect your ownership claim if the true owner does ever pop up.

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Q: Can my ex get away with stealing my dog if I allowed a day visit?

I allowed a 24 hour visit he's kept her now for 5 days threatening me if I call the cops, telling me I'm not fit cause I changed her name, she was on medication and because of this she's missing antibiotics. I don't know what to do he did not purchase her and we weren't together when I got her

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 5, 2020

Call the cops and show them the paperwork proving you own her. If the cops won’t help then you will have to sue him, unfortunately.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: My dog bit someone on our property who put their hand close to our fence and threatening legal action. What can I do?

May, 2020: Our neighbor had people visiting, and they were about to leave, and my dog heard them talking loudly and ran outside. We ran outside to get her and this woman told me that my dog had bitten her. She showed me her bite mark, and it was not bleeding; it looked like teeth marks in the skin,... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on May 24, 2020

She is partially right because the dog could be considered an attractive nuisance for a child who may not appreciate the danger. She, on the other hand, is an adult. Arguably, she trespassed on your property when she should have been aware of the danger and was bitten. If she is requesting... Read more »

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Q: my dog was laying nest to my house were we park our car and was hit by a neighbors friend. Do have a right to sue them?

They broke her leg. do I have any rights as the owner?

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Apr 16, 2020

I assume your dog was on your property and not your neighbor's property. You won't be able to sue your neighbor unless you could prove your neighbor was somehow negligent or had trespassed. You could sue your neighbor's friend for negligence and trespass. Under trespass theory,... Read more »

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Q: Animal Control came and took my service animals. Is there something that I can do to get them back?

Animal Control also stated in the police report that they didn't know that the dogs were service animals. I have several disabilities and I need them back. How can I go about getting them back?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Mar 20, 2020

To give you a proper answer, it will be important to know why your animals were taken by Animal Control.

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Q: What is the law on ownership of a chipped animal. I have cared for my pet for 4 years, vet scan now adds new owner issu

Thought it was abondened by a neighbor. Been healthy and happy with us.

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Feb 11, 2020

To Whom It May Concern:

That fact that a dog is chipped, is a piece of evidence for ownership among other potential evidence. For instance, there may be other evidence of ownership, such as a bill of sale, vet bills paid, aka registration etcetera. Obviously, if you come across an animal...
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Q: What are examples of “unpermitted pets?”

Residential property. In the rental agreement it doesn’t clearly say “no pets.” All it states is “keeping on the premises an unauthorized pet capable of causing damage to persons or property, as described in ORS 90.405^5”

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 27, 2020

More information will be needed to answer your question. I.e. in relation to a residential lease, commercial lease, or to own exotic animal in your county or city etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: an animal shelter lied and said I had two weeks to claim my animals instead they became their property in 78 hours

The shelter adopted out My ferrets within a week and they neutered my registered service dog in 78 hours. the cops has recorded body cam audio of the promise of two weeks and also the dash cam was on and I believe it caught it also and I had a witness in the police car with me that heard them say... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Dec 27, 2019

IF this happened in Oregon, when an animal is found and held in a shelter and when the owner is known the Shelter are required to give you notice 5 days before adoption, if you do not show after five days the animals can be adopted out.

If you service dog was neutered in Oregon, you may...
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