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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I live in Oregon and am under the impression that a landlord cannot charge a monthly 'pet rent' for any animals.

I know service and esa are except from 'pet' deposits and rent.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Aug 22, 2019

No, charging pet rent for non-service and non-emotional support animals is legal in Oregon, as is charging increased or a separate pet security deposit. What is not legal is to charge a pet fee.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oregon on
Q: I recently ranaway, but my family took my dog and went to txs. I thought they were gonna keep him, but they gave him awa

My cps worker decided to give him away and It wasnt his dog to give away and i was not consulted about this before it happened, is there any legal action I can take. Or anyway I can try to get him back, plz this dog means the world to me

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Apr 7, 2019

There isn't an easy answer that someone can give you on the internet after just reading a short statement. On the one hand, if you have proof of ownership you might still have rights. On the other hand if you abandoned your dog that might amount to animal neglect and your family or your CPS... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: A person was bit by our dog on our property while we were out of town. The person was permitted to be on the property.

There were no witnesses to the event and the injury required many stitches but not severe. Dog owners are cooperating and are willing to help financially but with in reason. Dog has never bitten or shown signs of aggression. Many strangers visit property daily. Victim has a history of seeking... Read more »

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani answered on Jan 4, 2019

If this happened in Oregon, it is important that you ask your question ONLY to an Oregon personal injury lawyer. You should not accept any answer from a lawyer who is not a licensed Oregon lawyer. Reason: dog bite laws are very different in each State. I know the answer to your question for New... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My son's prescribed dog bit someone and now I have an eviction notice. Can they evict me for a first time offence?

My son's prescribed therapy dog pushed past him at the front door to say hi to an 11 year old boy who tried to hit her(dog) with a stick so she bit him. First offence ever with the dog. Can the landlord evict us or demand we get rid of a prescribed therapy dog over a first offence?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Oct 9, 2018

Assuming the landlord follows the correct technical procedures (serves a legally compliant 24 hour notice (or longer) and serves it properly, absolutely they can terminate your tenancy and evict if/when (in reality, no one actually gets out within 24 hours) you fail to vacate. As long as you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can I be charged an extra deposit or extra rent for an emotional support animal?

I got approved for an apartment and while discussing my pet, my future landlord said that everyone has an emotional support animal and that I have still have to pay an extra $25 regardless if I have a letter or not.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Aug 29, 2018

No, as long as it is a valid support animal, a landlord cannot charge additional rent or deposit because of it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Im being evicted from my apt because my dogs collar broke&he got loose,neighbors do the same thing no eviction.fight it?

I had previously gotten a notice because my dog got out one night and I didn't know. We'll my dogs collar broke while I was walking him and the lady in the office saw and she wrote me up again and lied saying he was running the whole apts for ten minutes which resulted in a 10 day termination this... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on May 22, 2018

Whether a landlord pursues other tenants for similar alleged lease violations is irrelevant to whether you were in violation. If you fight it in court, the landlord will have the burden of proving the first violation, that they served you a lawfully worded notice which was lawfully served, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for Oregon on
Q: if a dog was given as a gift to me as a child can my mom take her away.

All the papers and the chip inside of the dog state her name but I was too young for them to put my name down and I never thought it’d become a legal course taken by my mother to remove the dog from my home that I live in separately with my father. Is there anyway I can protect my dog from being... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Feb 11, 2018

Even though you are a minor you can own property. I can't say that in your situation the dog was given to you and became your property. There are probably two sides to the story. Typically pets are bought as family pets for the entire family even if the family says that the pet is for one... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Oregon on
Q: If I pet sit for sum1 and they break the verbal agreement on # of days and amount of $, can I withhold the animals?

There's 2 animals. Im pet sitting at my own home. They were gone several additional days without even a phone call to tell when they would REALLY be back. And they refuse to pay anything for my service when we clearly verbally agreed on a specific $ amount per day. Is it illegal to not allow them... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Jan 26, 2018

I would give them their dogs back and sue them in small claims court for the verbal agreement you had for payment. If you don't they can sue you for conversion of their property - keeping their dogs when they are the rightful owner and if they get an attorney that knows how to use ORS 20.080 -... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: What should I expect out of settling my dog bite case?

A couple months ago I was moving into a friends house and her pitbull and rottweiler attacked me. They got my arm, upper and lower part, pretty good with their teeth and then also on both side of my hip and sliced 2 of my fingers open. Luckily my friend had USAA so I did not have to sue her to pay... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 15, 2017

Without seeing the scars it's difficult to tell. It could be a large case or small case. Were your photos taken to show all scars? Were the photos of good definition? In the best light?

Generally they will ask you what you think a good figure is or they will start out low.That's their job....
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: What do I do if someone is watching our cat and never told us that he ran away and threatens us if we try to come over?

We had a friend watch our cat because we couldn't have him at the place we were living for the time being. We have all of his vet records in our name and he is chipped. We wanted our cat back but we were told he ran away weeks ago and we were also threatened not to come to these people's property.... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 29, 2017

Are you saying that you don't believe the cat ran away, but rather that these people are keeping the cat and lying to you? If that is the case you can file a case for replevin which is the type of case that asks for the return of personal property. But I would first want you to have proof that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Oregon on
Q: Get Dog Back After Signing Contract

I gave my pit away to someone, and signed a contract. He looks so sad and I want him back, because I think they're treating him badly. What do I do?

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 13, 2017

Wait did you sell the dog or did you gift him? What do you mean you signed a contract? One doesn't need a contract to gift something. If this was a sale and you have no proof that the animal is being mistreated you probably don't have any rights. If you do have proof or good reason to believe... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I took my 4 month old puppy in to Dove Lewis he was diagnosed with PARVO, Im currently unemployed have no income so the

Vet tells me long story short If I want Ceaser to Live I must Give him up to Oregon Humane Society they will pay to hospitalize him and than when he's All Well they will adopt him out I told them i wanted him adopted out and i left without finishing appoiment or sighning a thing I was Manipulated... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on May 4, 2017

Maybe you should finish the paper work so your dog can live, then go adopt your dog from the humane society or have a friend do so if you cannot afford it. At least if your dog is alive, you have a little time to ask for some charitable donations so you can pay to adopt your dog. Let them know... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Oregon on
Q: My ex bought me a puppy.I pd her back but now she wants to sell him.Akc and registration are in my name.

There was no written agreement between us. My credit was bad and she financed him. To my knowledge she hasn't paid the financing and is just trying to be mean. Vet, registration, akc papers are all in my name only. Can she take him?

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on May 4, 2017

Since the vet, registration, a.k.c. papers are all in your name, there is evidence she purchased the dog as a gift for you. If you paid her back for the dog then you definitely own the dog, although it sounds like you might have a difficult time proving this, as you stated there was no written... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Can I legally obtain my dog from my father if I can begin paying for my dogs insurance and register him under my name?

I am moving out of my fathers house soon and he has always told me to take my dog with me when I leave. We have not been on good terms lately and now says he will call the police on me if I take my dog. Since I was a child when I bought my dog and am 18 now, he has paid for all of my dogs vet bills... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on May 4, 2017

If you were to take the dog, you could claim the dog is a gift, as he told you the dog was yours and you have a witness. Since he is your father, there is a stronger presumption that the dog is a gift. However, since your father registered that dog in his name, this could be evidence that he did... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Who gets the pups leagaly?

I have a black German Shepherd and my mom's dog has mated with her without my permission and after me telling her not to let it happen. And now that it has she wants half the litter. Even though my girlfriend and I have been taking care of the mom during and after pregnancy, including pup Is this... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on May 4, 2017

It is your dog and your pups. Owners that allow their dogs to trespass on the dogs of others have no legal claim. You could make a claim for trespass; however, it appears that you have not been harmed by the trespass, as you have stated the pups are worth $600.00 each.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: My Belgem Sheppard had a litter recently. And was mated with my mom's catahula. She's wanting to claim half the litter.

My Belgem Sheppard had a litter recently. And was mated with my mom's catahula. She's wanting to claim half the litter.

This was done without my permission and with me repeatedly saying they shouldn't.

Erigardles she wasn't paying attention to the two different dogs an my girl got... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on May 4, 2017

Based upon the facts you have given, I do not believe she would prevail if she were to file a lawsuit and claim half the litter. It is your dog that you cared for while she was pregnant. Her dog trespassed on your dog without your permission. She can make whatever claims she wants, I do not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Left my cat with sitter, she let him out, didn't look for him and didn't tell us for 4 days. What is my legal recourse?

She was repeatedly told to make sure the door was closed, she also never cleaned their water. We've spent almost $2000 between flight changes back from Eurpoe, losing out on our last hotel nights that were already paid for, treats, motion sensor cameras, traps, and a professional pet tracker. Can I... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on May 4, 2017

If you paid her for her services and she has assets, such as real property, it might be worth it to sue for breach of contract and negligence and collect damages. If she has no money, it would be a waste of time and money from a business perspective to go after her. There would have to be an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: So my friend was taking care if my dog for me and out of the blue she tells me he bit a little girl and killed a cat

Now she is demanding me to help or I will go to jail and he will be put down I don't believe he did this only cuz he has never done anything like this to my kids or our other animals what should I do

Mr.  Gary R. Johnson
Mr. Gary R. Johnson answered on Mar 5, 2017

Contact your insurance agent and make a claim under your homeowner's policy. You may be liable for the girl's medical expenses and, if the dog was found to have been unreasonably dangerous before attacking the girl, for the girl's pain and suffering damages as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: who has legal rights to a dog who's owner has passed away?

My best friends boyfriend died while she was in Mexico. His dead beat mother took the dog that they shared (originally his dog) for the last 10 months, as a plea for attention like she's a good person. His grandfather and grandmother know that he would not have wanted his mother to have the dog.... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Jan 24, 2017

It is hard to say. The person that bought the dog would have technically been the owner unless it was gifted to someone else. It just sounds like the mother is grieving and took the dog as a way to deal with her grief. If your best friend wants to figure out ownership rights for the dog, she... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: A friends dog chased a man on a bicycle and bit his leg. Small bite He now has to prove his dog is safe - how?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 10, 2016

Get the dog tested for rabies. He should contact his vet to determine best way.

Or the dog control warden if he was cited.

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