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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... Read 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... Read more »

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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I need to speak with a attorney about legalities of veterinarian laws in the state of Oregon.

Is it legal for anyone besides the person who took a dog into the vet to surrender the the rights of the dog over to the vet.

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Mar 15, 2022

The answer to this question is highly contextual. Since I don't know the full context, I cannot answer the question.

If your dog was brought to the vet in an emergency sort of situation and the vet treated the dog to save the dog's life, the vet would be entitled to the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: mom was visiting in PDX with her dog & openedcar door as we got home to let the dog in and he scared a runner and fell

our dog scared the runner and he tripped and fell on the sidewalk, he now wants our insurance information to cover costs.

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Feb 7, 2022

If you have not contacted your homeowner's insurance, contact your insurance company and allow them to speak with the person who was injured. This is one of the situations of why you pay for homeowner's insurance.

Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: The girl I bought my puppy from is trying to sue me when there is no reason.

I was supposed to purchase a dog late September from this girl. She was not an experienced breeder and lied about multiple factors with this purchase. She wants to sue me because I haven’t had the money when she made me bring the dog home way sooner than I was ready for. We signed a paper saying... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Nov 16, 2021

Apparently she is threatening to sue you for the money, so when you brought the dog home is totally irrelevant (and no, she did NOT "make" you bring it home early - you agreed to do so and need to take responsibility for your actions). Hopefully there is a writing specifying the sales... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Should I contact a lawyer regarding a dog bite that has left me with over 15 stitches and glued punctures on my leg

I've never been in situation before and want to know if I should pursue the owners for my damaged leg

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Jun 28, 2021

Depending on the circumstances and where the dog bite took place, you may or may not be able to prove liability in relation to local laws. The second issue is weather there is insurance or a deep enough pocket to pay. Most home owners and business owners have insurance. If you were attacked by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I adopted a pregnant rescue dog recently. Does that mean I am also the legal owner of her puppies?

The rescue service is claiming that they are the legal owners of her puppies now that they are born and they plan to collect all of them and handle all adoptions including collecting fees. Our signed adoption contract states that she was pregnant at the time of adoption and does not mention the... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on May 5, 2021

I would review the adoption contract to see if it says anything about the puppies. If the contract says nothing about the unborn puppies and returning them, then I see no reason you should return the puppies.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: My dog got out and was hit and brought into a vet, a rescue shelter paid for him but refuses to talk or let me pay

After I provided evidence that he was mine and even have told them I will pay for him, but they won’t give him back and refuse to talk to me or give me any information, is their anything I can do, I was paying someone who I trusted with my dog to watch him while I was out for 2 days and came back... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Feb 15, 2021

It seems odd that they would not want to receive compensation for the vet bill, since you stated you are willing to pay. The next step would be to draft a letter with supporting documentation enclosed of ownership and offering to pay the vet bill and demanding the return of the dog. If that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Our neighbors dogs pulled my dog thru their poorly secured fence & killed her, what can I do to hold them liable for it?

My 14 yr old daughter was walking our small dogs by our neighbors fence and one of their Husky dogs stuck it’s head thru the slats that had poorly secured chicken wire on it and bent the wire out of the way and grabbed my dog by her head and pulled thru their fence and attacked and killed her.... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Jan 26, 2021

If your neighbors are homeowners or have renters insurance they might be worth suing. To do a full analysis, an attorney would need to know the city and county, as local laws vary. If this occurred in a city, then there may be some laws about owners being liable if their dogs are at-large. One... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: What are the laws regarding animal ownership when it pertains to not giving a dog back?

My sister-in-law moved into a house with some friends. She also brought her dog. She was kicked out a few weeks later. When asked when they would be home to pick up the dog, they said that they were not going to give the dog back. They had stolen a family member of our house. What are the options... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jan 11, 2021

Stealing an animal is no different than stealing anything else - legally speaking. The real issue is likely to be how can you prove the dog is hers? Receipts? Vet appointments? Especially prior to her moving in? If you think you can prove the ownership issue, then you can first file a police... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: My ex won’t give my dog back the only proof I have that the vet is in my name and I have a bill of sale is that enough
Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Oct 29, 2020

Assuming your ex has no evidence to the contrary, it should be enough. Based upon experience, I never underestimate my opponents like they tend to underestimate me. File it in small claims court and ask for injunctive relief for a return of the dog. If you pay an attorney hourly, the rate will... Read more »

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