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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.

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

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