Dog Bite To-Do List:
- Seek appropriate medical attention.
- You likely need shots to prevent infection.
- For any liability claim, you need to medically document your injuries.
- Request the vaccination history of the dog. If the dog has not had rabies shots, you should inform your medical provider(s).
- Document the description of the dog, including the breed.
- Save any of the dog hairs or other evidence from the dog for future lab testing, as the identity of the dog may come into question.
- The actual attack
- Aftermath of the attack
- Obtain the contact information of the dog owner and the person in control of the dog.
- Phone number
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses of the attack, aftermath of the attack or witnesses who saw the dog attack anyone else.
- Obtain insurance information from the dog owner and person in control of the dog.
- Most homeowners and many renters have insurance which may cover a dog attack
- Call Clark Law and Associates, LLC at 503-238-1010, preferably before you give a statement to any insurance agent.
- Report the incident to your local animal control.
- If the dog is a known dangerous dog with a history of attacking people, it may be appropriate to make a police report, especially in the event of serious injury or death, as the owner may be guilty of an Oregon crime. See ORS 609.098. In Washington State, a dog owner may also be guilty of a crime if their dog attacks a person or other animals. See RCW 16.08.030 and RCW 16.08.100(3).
LCAS no longer provides code enforcement services for situations that occur in the incorporated city limits of Eugene. Please call the City of Eugene Animal Services at (541) 687-4060 or visit their website: Eugene Animal Services.
If you live anywhere in Marion County, except in Woodburn (or Salem if it is a barking dog complaint), call Dog Control at 503-588-5366, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you live in Woodburn, call 503-982-2345. If you live in Salem and it is not a barking dog complaint, call Marion County Dog Control.
If you have questions about any of the above, call us at (503) 238-1010 and speak with our highly trained team of legal professionals!