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What to do after a dog bite

 Dog Bite To-Do List:

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Gather evidence after a dog bite case.


  • 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.
  • Photographs/videos
    • The actual attack
    • Aftermath of the attack
  • Obtain the contact information of the dog owner and the person in control of the dog.
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email
  • 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).

Multnomah County Animal Control
Phone: (503) 988-7387

Clackamas County Animal Control
Phone: (503) 655-8628
Emergency Phone: (503) 655-8211

Washington County Animal Control
Phone: (503) 846-7041

Linn County Dog Control
Phone: (541) 967-3925

Lane County Animal Control
Phone: (541) 682-3645

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.

Marion County Dog Control

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.

Deschutes County Animal Control  (541) 382-3537

City of Bend Animal Control (541) 693-6911

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!