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Basic Laws for your dogs

Rabies Vaccinations

All dogs over six months of age or which have a set of permanent canine teeth, whichever comes first, must be inoculated against rabies and must thereafter remain current on rabies vaccinations. 403.101


Every keeper of a dog which is over six months old, has received a rabies vaccination, or which has a set of permanent canine teeth, whichever comes first, shall, within thirty (30) days after he/she becomes keeper of the dog, procure from the County a license for the dog by paying to the County a license fee. The keeper shall keep the license tag fastened to a collar that shall be kept on the dog at all times. A tag may not be placed on a dog, which has not been issued for that dog.  403.102, 403.103 ORS 609.100

Adequate Care

Shelter: For an animal other than a dog engaged in herding or protecting livestock. The shelter itself must keep the animal dry, out of the wind, insulated from extreme temperatures,  and allow for air flow. The shelter needs to have 4 walls and a roof which will protect the animal from direct sun, moisture, and wind. It needs to have a solid floor which is raised up off the ground with and opening large enough to allow access for the animal depending on breed, the opening needs to be placed in such a way to keep the animal out of direct path of winds. The shelter should have suitable bedding material  such as hay, straw, cedar shavings, or the equivalent. The shelter needs to be free from waste and debris. 403.005 part 6

Food & Water: The animal needs to have constant access to a supply of clean, fresh water. The animal needs to be provided food at suitable intervals no longer than 24 hours between meals, the animal needs to be provided with wholesome foodstuff suitable for the species and age, sufficient to maintain a reasonable level of nutrition to maintain healthy growth and weight. 403.005 parts 4 & 7

Sanitary Conditions: The space that the animal resides in needs to be free from health hazards such as excessive waste, inappropriate ventilation of air, overcrowding of animals, or other conditions that might endanger the animal's health. 403.005 part 5


It is a violation to allow a dog to run at large. Once the dog leaves the keeper's property and is on public property or right of way, the dog must be kept under physical control on a leash not exceeding 8 feet in length. The keeper of the dog shall keep, restrain, and maintain it in such a way as not to endanger, or be a nuisance to other persons or property. Female dogs in heat need to be restrained in such a way as not to create a nuisance by allowing male dogs access to such female dogs. An exception to this is dogs that are under the supervision of a person for the purpose of dog shows, obedience or agility training or trial, hunting, chasing, or treeing predatory animals or game birds, protecting livestock, or other related agricultural activities. These dogs are exempt from the leash law during these activities but need to be under the control of the keeper. 403.105


A chain shall not be used as a collar when tethering a dog. A dog shall not be tethered and left unattended on public property. If a dog is tethered, the tether must be of material and weight that is appropriate for the size of the dog. The tether shall be a minimum of 3 times the length of the dog’s body from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail. 403.106


Disturbs any person by frequent or prolonged noises; this included barking, baying, howling, whining and other noises that a dog may make. We recommend that you try to communicate with the keeper of the dog, whether verbally or through a letter to solve this matter amicably. Sometimes the keeper is unaware that their dog is doing this. If these methods fail then you should call Animal Control at 882-1279. Do not try to silence the animal yourself or wait until you can no longer handle the barking. Tackle the problem early on. Animals are family and disciplining someone else's family members can result in violence. ORS 609.095 (e)

Assistance Dogs

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support does not qualify as service animals under the ADA. 403.005 part 8 ORS 609.105

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