Aggressive Dog Encounter? File a Report With Linn County Animal Control Today!
Due to the importance of livestock to residents of this rural part of Oregon's Willamette Valley, Linn County Animal Control takes nuisance dogs seriously. Whether a dog attacks your property or it attacks you, you can demand damages in small claims court.
The first step in taking the owner or handler of a biting dog to court is filing a report with Linn County Animal Control. We'll take a look at how to do so through the Sheriff's department, how you can have DoNotPay file your report on your behalf, and send a demand letter for damages to the animal's owner in just a few easy steps — as if you have a virtual dog bite lawyer.
Notable Pet Laws in Linn County, Oregon
The following are local and state laws enforced by Linn County Animal Control:
- Dogs may not be allowed to run loose in Linn County.
- Unless the dog has been provoked, if it has caused damage to another person or property belonging to another person (including their pets), the dog's owner or handler is liable for damages.
- An owner of livestock can trap or shoot any dog found to have injured or killed one of their animals.
- The owner of livestock that has been injured or killed by a dog is entitled to up to twice the amount of incurred damages, owed to them by the offending dog's owner or handler.
- If someone has reasonable cause to feel a dog is a public nuisance, they are entitled to file a report to Linn County. Any received reports are sufficient cause for the county to conduct an investigation.
How to Reach Linn County Animal Control
|Address||Linn County Sheriff's Office Animal Control
3008 SW Ferry Street, Albany, Oregon 97321
|Phone Number||(541) 967-3925|
|Website||Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The "Old School" Way of Submitting a Dog Bite Report in Linn County
The very first thing you should do if you, your loved one, pet, or livestock has been hurt by another person's dog is to seek medical or veterinary attention. Dog bites can cause life-threatening infections and psychological trauma. If the animal wasn't up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations or the dog's vaccination status is unknown, you or your pet might need painful antiviral treatment.
Once you've taken care of the injuries, it's time to take steps to file a report and lay the groundwork should you need compensation for medical and veterinary bills or if you plan to sue for the replacement of your killed, euthanized, or incapacitated animals.
Step One: Document the Incident
If a Linn County Animal Control Officer or Sheriff's Deputy was unable to make a report at the scene, it's up to you to gather evidence to file a report on your own. Here's what information you'll need. Even if you were able to file a report on-site, this information will help you build a case against the dog owner or handler.
- Where and when the attack occurred.
- The name and contact information of the owner, if known.
- A description of the aggressive dog(s).
- An account of what happened immediately before, during, and after the attack.
- What did the owner or handler do to intervene
- Whether the owner or handler had control of their dog(s)
- Whether you were forced to defend yourself/your property during the attack.
- Was the dog killed? How? By whom?
- Did you have to euthanize your own pet or livestock?
- Did you have a veterinarian do it, or were you forced to put the animal down yourself?
- The contact information and statements of any witnesses.
- Copies of medical and/or veterinary records or invoices.
- Clear photographic prints or digital files of damage or injuries.
- Badge numbers of any responding officers.
- Any relevant case numbers.
Step Two: Submit Your Report
Make sure your documents are legible. Type up your own notes but only photocopy any statements written by witnesses. We recommend drafting a cover letter that states your intent to file a report and introduces your attached documents.
Hand-deliver or mail your documents (with delivery confirmation) to the address above, so you know the Linn County Animal Control division has all your information on file.
Step Three: Follow Up
Once you've filed your report, Linn County Animal Control authorities will begin investigating your case. If you haven't heard from them within 10 days of sending in your report, call to follow up.
Once the investigation is complete, ask for an official copy of the report as well as the name of the officer responsible for the investigation.
Step Four: Decide if You Want to Pursue Damages
If you wish to recover the costs associated with the attack, it's best to get started as soon as possible. You can either file a small claims suit with Linn County Circuit Court or have DoNotPay begin proceedings on your behalf.
How to Report an Animal-Related Incident With DoNotPay
If you want to report an animal-related injury, but you want to make sure you're doing it right, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:
- Search "animal" on DoNotPay, find the Animal Control product, and select whether you've sustained a physical injury.
- Select whether you would like to report this incident to your local government agency, or demand compensation from the pet owner.
- Tell us more about the incident, including when and where you were injured, a description of the animal that caused the injury, and the contact information for the pet owner (if known).
And that's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter or dog attack report on your behalf with your incident details.
DoNotPay Handles Dog Bite Reports in All 50 States
We can coach you with any of the following location-related questions:
- Los Angeles animal control issues
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- Miami animal control issues
- Pennsylvania dog bite laws
- California dog bite laws
- Texas animal dog bite laws
- Ohio dog bite laws
Are You Ready to Let DoNotPay File Your Report With Linn County Animal Control?
If you want backup while handling a dog bite issue, we're your go-to advocates. That's because we can get done in just a few minutes what might take you days to finish and we'll do it right.
Let's get started with your dog bite report today. Tomorrow, you can decide if you want to take the next step.