Full Statute Name:  West's Oregon Revised Statutes Annotated. Title 3. Remedies and Special Actions and Proceedings. Chapter 30. Actions and Suits in Particular Cases. Miscellaneous Actions. 30.822. Theft of or injury to search and rescue animal or therapy animal; attorney fees

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Primary Citation:  O. R. S. § 30.822 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  February, 2019 Alternate Citation:  OR ST § 30.822 Date Adopted:  1993
Summary: This Oregon law provides that the owner of a search and rescue animal or a therapy animal may bring an action for economic and noneconomic damages against any person who steals or, without provocation, attacks the search and rescue animal or therapy animal. The owner may also bring an action for such damages against the owner of any animal that, without provocation, attacks a search and rescue animal or therapy animal. If the animal dies as a result of the injuries sustained or the incident prevents the animal from returning to service, the measure of economic damages shall include, but need not be limited to, the replacement value of an equally trained animal, without any differentiation for the age or the experience of the animal. If the animal recovers and returns to service, the measure of economic damages shall include, but need not be limited to, the costs of temporary replacement services, veterinary medical expenses and any other costs and expenses incurred by the owner as a result of the theft of or injury to the animal.

(1) In addition to and not in lieu of any other penalty provided by state law, the owner of a search and rescue animal or a therapy animal, as defined in ORS 167.352, may bring an action for economic and noneconomic damages against any person who steals or, without provocation, attacks the search and rescue animal or therapy animal. The owner may also bring an action for such damages against the owner of any animal that, without provocation, attacks a search and rescue animal or therapy animal. The action authorized by this subsection may be brought by the owner even if the search and rescue or therapy animal was in the custody or under the supervision of another person when the theft or attack occurred.

(2) If the theft of or unprovoked attack on a search and rescue animal or therapy animal described in subsection (1) of this section results in the death of the animal or the animal is not returned or if injuries sustained in the theft or attack prevent the animal from returning to service as a search and rescue animal or therapy animal, the measure of economic damages shall include, but need not be limited to, the replacement value of an equally trained animal, without any differentiation for the age or the experience of the animal.

(3) If the theft of or unprovoked attack on a search and rescue animal or therapy animal described in subsection (1) of this section results in injuries from which the animal recovers and returns to service, or if the animal is stolen and is recovered and returns to service, the measure of economic damages shall include, but need not be limited to, the costs of temporary replacement services, veterinary medical expenses and any other costs and expenses incurred by the owner as a result of the theft of or injury to the animal.

(4) No cause of action arises under this section if the owner or the person having custody or supervision of the search and rescue animal or therapy animal was committing a criminal or civil trespass at the time of the attack on the animal.

(5) The court may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party in an action under this section.

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Added by Laws 1993, c. 312, § 4. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 618, § 26.

 

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