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March 30, 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)

Proof of County Violations and Defenses


(a)   All County Violations under Chapter 612 shall be established by preponderance of the evidence.

(b)   A disputable presumption shall arise that a dog has been engaged in killing, injuring or chasing livestock as set forth under ORS 609.161 (1999).

(c)   A dog that is not at large that bites or causes physical injury to a person may not be considered a "Dangerous Dog" if the injured person, at the point of injury, was:

(1)   Wrongfully assaulting the dog or the dog’s keeper; or

(2)   Trespassing upon premises occupied by the dog’s keeper after the dog is provoked by that person; or

(3)   Negligently placing himself or herself in a circumstances that would reasonably cause a dog to bite.

(d)   A dog that is not at large that bites or injures or kills another animal may not be considered a "Dangerous Dog" if, at the time of the incident:

(1)   The dog was clearly provoked by the other animal; or

(2)   The other animal was a dog or animal at large; or

(3)   The other animal was trespassing upon premises occupied by the dog’s keeper.

(e)   A dog is not considered a "Dangerous Dog" if it is used for law enforcement purposes and is on duty, under the control of a law enforcement officer and acting pursuant to the instructions of the officer at the time it exhibits the behavior at issue.

(Ord. 2001-2. Passed 5-23-01.)