Washington-County-Dog-Statute

Based out of Portland, Oregon, Jennie Clark is an attorney / lawyer for dog bites in Washington County Oregon.

Washington County Dog Bite Attorney / Lawyer

handles cases in the following cities:

Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, Lake Oswego, North Plains, Portland, Rivergrove, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville.

Below are relevant portions of the Washington County Oregon dog bite statute located at: Washington County Statute.

6.04.020 Definitions.
As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:

  • A. “Animal” means any mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian.
  • B. “Bail” means money or its equivalent deposited by a defendant to secure his
    appearance in court for a dog control ordinance offense.
  • C. “Dangerous dog” means any dog that has, due to the lack of the exercise of proper
    and adequate supervision and control by its owner or keeper, done an act harmful in its
    character, to human beings or animals, regardless of whether done in a playful or
    hostile manner.
  • D. “Dog” means any domestic mammal of the canine family.
  • E. “Dog control officer” means any individual employed by the county to act and perform
    the duties set forth in this chapter.
  • F. “Dog license” means that license required to be issued annually for each individual
    dog pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
  • G. “Dog running at large” means a dog off or outside the premises of its keeper, not
    restrained by a rope, line, leash, chain, or other similar means, or not under the
    immediate control, restraint, or command of a keeper thereof. If a dog is not restrained
    by a tether of some kind, is not at heel or not a working dog in the field, that dog shall be
    deemed “at large.”
  • H. “Keeper” means any person who keeps, has custody of, is responsible for the control
    or care of, possesses, harbors or controls a dog or other animal or permits a dog or
    other animal to reside on property owned by the person, without regard as to whether
    the person has an ownership interest in the dog or other animal. Veterinary hospitals,
    kennels and pet shops shall not be deemed the keeper of an animal for purposes of this
    chapter unless expressly provided for herein. In a family situation, the adult heads of the
    household are presumed to be the keepers, jointly and severally, of the dog.
  • I. “Kennel” means the operation of any business or the participation in any activity in
    which five or more dogs with permanent canine teeth or which are more than six months
    of age are kept on the premises.
  • J. “Licensee” means the person in whose name a dog license is issued.
  • K. “Livestock” means cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine, turkeys, chickens, ducks,
    geese, and rabbits, but excluding any fur-bearing animals, bred and maintained,
    commercially or otherwise.
  • L. “Owner” means any person who has a property interest in the animal sufficient to give
    the person the ultimate right to make decisions regarding the care and disposition of the
    animal.
  • M. “Person” means an individual, a partnership, company, association, corporation, or
    any other legal entity.
  • N. “Pet shop” means any person regularly engaged in the business of breeding, buying,
    selling, trading or otherwise offering the public animals of any species.
  • O. “Small animal shelter” means the facility by that name, built and maintained by the
    county.
  • P. “Vaccinated for rabies” means currently vaccinated according to the provisions of
    Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 333, Division 19, pertaining to rabies, and
    evidenced by rabies vaccination certificate issued by a veterinarian.
  • Q. “Veterinarian” means a participating veterinarian licensed pursuant to the laws of the
    state of Oregon to perform any of the acts set forth in ORS 686.030.
  • R. “Veterinary hospital” means any business establishment maintained and operated by
    a veterinarian which is operated for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or injuries
    of animals. (Ord. 600 § 2 Exh. A (part), 2002: Ord. 394 § 2 Exh. A (part), 1991: Ord. 306
    § 3, 1985)

6.04.060 Keeping dangerous dog prohibited.
It is a civil infraction for any person to be the keeper of a dangerous dog. (Ord. 600 § 2
Exh. A (part), 2002: Ord. 394 § 2 Exh. A (part), 1991: Ord. 306 § 5(A)(3), 1985)

6.04.080 Failure to prevent acts of nuisance prohibited.
It is a civil infraction for any person to be the keeper of a dog which the person fails to
prevent from being a public nuisance by:

  • A. Molesting passersby;
  • B. Biting a person or animal;
  • C. Chasing or attacking persons;
  • D. Attacking other animals;
  • E. Traveling upon school grounds, public parks, public game refuges and public
    watershed areas, except under the supervision and control of a person and with the
    property owner or manager’s written permission;
  • F. Damaging or destroying property of persons other than the owner or keeper of the
    dog;
  • G. Scattering garbage;
  • H. Chasing vehicles;
  • I. Disturbing the peace, comfort, health or repose of any person of reasonable sensitivity
    by making loud, long, unnecessary and continuous noises;
  • J. Being a female dog in season (estrus) and being accessible to a male dog not in the
    person’s ownership except when access to the female dog is intended by the keepers
    or owners of both dogs for breeding purposes. (Ord. 600 § 2 Exh. A (part), 2002: Ord.
    394 § 2 Exh. A (part), 1991: Ord. 306 § 5(A)(5), 1985)

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