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OR - Dog - Consolidated Dog Laws

These Oregon statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include licensing and registration requirements, rabies control laws, and a comprehensive section on damage done by dogs, especially as it concerns the destruction of livestock.

OR - Disaster - Chapter 401. Emergency Services

In Oregon, the Office of Emergency Management must prepare a written animal emergency operations plan that provides for the evacuation, transport and temporary sheltering of companion and service animals during a major disaster or an emergency. The office shall consider various factors, including allowing owners and their companion animals to be evacuated together, establishing evacuation shelters for animals in close proximity to human shelters, and establishing an identification system so that owners can locate their animals.

OR - Dangerous Dog - 609.163. Enhanced penalties for habitual violators

This Oregon statute provides enhanced civil penalties (fines) for owners of dogs previously convicted of chasing, injuring, or killing livestock.  The owners must have been previously assessed a penalty to receive the enhanced fine.

OR - Dangerous Dog - 609.162. Guidelines for imposing reasonable measures, civil penalties or other sanctions

This Oregon statute provides that if a county determines under ORS 609.156 (2) or after a full and fair hearing that a dog has engaged in killing, wounding, injuring or chasing livestock, the county shall take action in accordance with the listed statutory guidelines.  Generally, if the dog has engaged in the chasing behavior previously, but has not killed livestock, the county will take reasonable measures to prevent another incident (pledge from owner, confine the dog, and a civil penalty(fine)).  If the dog has previously killed livestock, then the owner may be required to surrender the dog for adoption, remove the dog to an area deemed safe to livestock,  or require the dog be put to death.  If the dog killed livestock, and has previously killed livestock, the county shall require the dog be removed from a livestock area or be put to death.

OR - Dangerous Dog - 609.158. Hearings; notice of determination to owner; reexamination

This Oregon statute provides that a hearing may be conducted and a determination whether a dog has killed, wounded, injured or chased livestock may be made by the county governing body or any members thereof, the dog control board or any members thereof or a county hearings officer.

OR - Dangerous Dog - 609.156. Opportunity of dog owner to request hearing

This Oregon statute provides that, prior to making a determination whether a dog has killed, wounded, injured or chased livestock, a county shall provide an opportunity for the dog owner to receive a hearing.  This shall be reasonably calculated to ensure that the owner apprise the dog owner of the specific behavior and incident alleged and the possible penalties, and to provide the dog owner with a fair opportunity for making the hearing request.

OR - Dangerous Dog - 609.155. Impoundment of dogs for harming or chasing livestock; tests to determine fact; costs

This Oregon statute provides that, in a county with a dog control program, upon finding a dog engaged in killing, wounding, injuring or chasing livestock or upon receipt from a complainant of evidence that a dog has been so engaged, the dog control officer or other law enforcement officer shall impound the dog.  Tests may then be conducted to determine whether there is evidence that the dog committed the offense and then a companion statute provides an opportunity for a hearing on the facts.

OR - Cruelty - Consolidated Cruelty Statutes

These Oregon statutes comprise the state's anti-cruelty laws.  "Animal" means any nonhuman mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian or fish.  The term "assault," which is generally associated with human crimes, is used to define certain crimes against animals.  Animal abuse may be elevated to a felony offense if the act was committed directly in front of a minor child or if the perpetrator was previously convicted of domestic violence.

OR - Cruelty - Arrest warrants in cruelty matters (Chapter 133)

This set of Oregon laws relates to the arrest of those found violating the state's cruelty laws. Under the section, any person violating ORS 167.315 to 167.333, 167.340, 167.355, 167.365 or 167.428 may be arrested and held without warrant, in the same manner as in the case of persons found breaking the peace. Further, any peace officer who cares or provides for an animal pursuant to this section and any person into whose care an animal is delivered by a peace officer acting under this section shall be immune from civil or criminal liability based upon an allegation that such care was negligently provided.

OR - Assistance Animals - Assistance Animal/Guide Dog Laws

The following statutes comprise the state's relevant assistance animal and guide dog laws.