Oregon Appeals Court Rules That Pets Are “Property,” Lets Abuser Go Free


A decision reversing the animal-neglect conviction of a dog owner was made
by a three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Photo by Oregon Judicial Department

We have posted about this problem before: that, in the eyes of the law, dogs are often seen as nothing more than property. Well, a three-member panel of the Oregon Appeals Court codified that legal definition on Wednesday, throwing out the conviction of a woman who starved and abused her dog. The reason for the reversal? Because a vet’s testing of the dog, without a warrant, constituted unlawful search of property. Keep in mind that the vet was concerned with the health of the dog before him and did what he considered necessary to nurse it back to health. You really need a warrant for that?

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