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Dog Days: No More “One Free Bite”?

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Dog Law in Oregon (but beware of those cats and ferrets!):

HB 2345 (2007) (engrossed bill here) has passed both chambers of the legislature and appears to be on the way to the Governor (look for the “enrolled bill” in a few days). Here is a summary (from the engrossed bill) and a history (as of today):

“The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure.

Eliminates lack of foreseeability as defense in action against owner of dog that caused injury. Does not prevent owner from asserting other defenses or affect award of certain punitive damages.”

HB 2345 Ordered printed by the Speaker pursuant to House Rule 12.00A (5). Presession filed. (at the request of House Interim Committee on Judiciary) — Relating to dogs.

1-10(H) First reading. Referred to Speaker’s desk.
1-17 Referred to Judiciary.
2-8 Public Hearing held.
3-22 Work Session held.
3-28 Recommendation: Do pass with amendments and be printed A-Engrossed.
4-2 Second reading.
4-3 Third reading. Carried by Krieger. Passed.
Ayes, 55; Nays, 1–Smith G.; Excused, 3–Boone, Esquivel, Smith P.; Excused for Business of the House, 1–Shields.
4-4(S) First reading. Referred to President’s desk.
4-5 Referred to Judiciary.
5-9 Public Hearing held.
5-21 Work Session held.
5-24 Recommendation: Do pass with amendments to the A-Eng. bill. (Printed B-Eng.)
5-25 Second reading.
5-29 Third reading. Carried by Burdick. Passed.
Ayes, 26; Nays, 2–Atkinson, Whitsett; Excused, 2–Carter, Schrader.

Check for the Governor’s action, here.