Can I be evicted because of my dog when others have the same breed?

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Can I be evicted because of my dog when others have the same breed?

My dog pulls me on my long board daily through the mobile home park we live in to run out his energy. Tonight the co-manager walking his dog purposely got in our way causing me to crash. His dog then bit my dog. While the man went on about my dog being a dangerous Pit Bull. Other people in the park have pits, and my girl friend’s family who owns the mobile home has talked to the other manager about having pits and were told they could have them in the past. All neighbors agree he is a good dog. I want to make sure they can’t kick us out and to see if I can sue for my injuries.

Asked on October 9, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

There are way too many issues about the long board situation to deal with here so if you are injured I would strongly suggest that you seek consultation from an attorney in your area on the matter.  The consultation should be free. As for the dog, is there an agreement in place regarding dogs in the park and does it state that certain dogs are not permitted?  Then that could be enforced by the park owner or manager as the agent of the owner.  Your "defense" would be that they permitted it openly to all as there are other pit bulls on the property.  You would need to bring in names and addresses of the other pit owners and maybe even have them testify.  Some one really needs to read the agreement with the owner in order to determine how to proceed here.  In the meantime, I would stop the long board running. That seems like an activity that could be dangerous to others in the complex and against the rules.     


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