/ Animal Control / Animal Regulations / 612.09 Keeper Regulation
(a) For the purposes of this section, the owner is ultimately responsible for the behavior of his
or her dog regardless of whoever failed to prevent the dog to engage in the behavior that is the
subject of the County Violation. If the keeper of a dog classified as Dangerous is a minor, the
parent or guardian of that minor shall be responsible for compliance with the specifications of
this Chapter for the care and housing of the dog.
(b) It is unlawful for a keeper to fail to prevent his/her dog from being a Dangerous Dog as
defined by JCC 612.01(a)(6).
(1) Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter or as required under Oregon law, any dog
that is found to be a "Dangerous Dog" can be euthanized, unless a hearing is requested
pursuant to JCC 612.14 and the appropriate findings are made by the hearings officer
pursuant to JCC 612.16 to 612.17. If the dog is not euthanized, the hearings officer may
impose fines and other reasonable restrictions on the keeping of the dog.
(c) It is unlawful for a keeper to fail to prevent a dog from being a public nuisance. For
purposes of this Chapter a "a public nuisance" means:
(1) A Dog at Large;
(2) A dog unreasonably causing annoyance, alarm or noise disturbance at any time of the
day or night, by frequent or prolonged noises which may be heard beyond the boundary of
the keeper's property;
(3) A dog trespassing on property of another;
(4) A dog leaving its feces on a public place or on property of another;
(d) It is unlawful for a keeper to:
(1) Leave an animal unattended for more than 24 consecutive hours without minimum
(2) Physically mistreat any animal either by abuse or neglect or failure to furnish minimum
(3) Permit an animal to be confined within or on a motor vehicle at any location under
such conditions as may endanger the health or well-being of the animal, including but not
limited to dangerous temperature, lack of food or water.
A. Any animal control officer or other law enforcement officer is authorized to
remove any animal from a motor vehicle at any public location when the officer
reasonably believes it is confined or carried in violation of this section. Any animal
so removed shall be delivered to the animal control shelter after the removing officer
leaves a written notice of the removal and delivery, including the officer's name, in a
conspicuous, secure location on or within the vehicle.
B. No animal control officer or other law enforcement officer shall be held
criminally liable for entering a vehicle to seize an animal, provided the officer acts
lawfully and in good faith.
(e) It is unlawful for any person to:
(1) Fail to comply with any requirement of this Chapter which applies to the keeping of
an animal or a Dangerous Dog;
(2) Harbor a Dangerous Dog without permission from either the Director, the hearings
officer or the Court;
(3) Fail to produce an animal for quarantine or inspection by an animal control officer;
(4) To remove or attempt to remove an animal from impoundment without the proper
authority to do so from either the Director, hearings officer, or the court.
(f) It is unlawful for any person to knowingly place food of any description containing
poisonous or other injurious ingredients in any area reasonably likely to be accessible to animals,
except as provided by law for nuisance, vector or predator control.