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March 29, 2023
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Animal Control Regulations for Jackson County, Oregon

Animal Care and Control Regulations are enforced throughout Jackson County. Individual cities may have additional regulations pertaining to animals within city limits.

Please refer to the Jackson County Code to see a full copy of this chapter. County Code (select part 6)

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 care;
(2) Physically mistreat any animal either by abuse or neglect or failure to furnish minimum care;
(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.