Lawyer for Dog Bites in Lane County Oregon

Lawyer for Dog Bites in Lane County Oregon

Below are relevant portions of the Lane County Oregon dog bite statute located at:
http://www.lanecounty.org/LaneCode/documents/CodeChapter07_July26_07.pdf

7.005 Animal Control – Definitions.

For the purposes of LC 7.005 through 7.170 below, the following words and phrases

mean:

Animal. Any dog, cat, exotic, wild or dangerous animal, or livestock.

Continuous Annoyance. Permit any animal to cause annoyance, alarm or

disturbance for more than 15 minutes at any time of the day or night, be it repeated

barking, whining, screeching, howling, braying or other like sounds which can be heard

beyond the boundary of the owner’s property.

Dog-at-Large. A dog off the premises of the owner and not under the owner’s

immediate control. Excepted from this definition are exhibition in dog shows, obedience

training or trial, or use of the dog under the supervision of a person to hunt, chase or tree

predatory animals, or game birds, or protect livestock, or in other related agricultural

activities. A dog is not off the premises of its owner if the property of the owner is

separated by a road or roads and the dog is on the road which separates said property.

Excepted from this definition is a dog that is on private property, which is not the

property of the dog owner, with the knowledge and permission of the owner of the

property.

Dog Owner.

(a) Any person who is the licensed owner of a dog, or who has the right of

property in a dog, or who, without regard to any ownership interest, keeps a dog, harbors

a dog, or who has a dog in said person’s care, possession, custody or control, or who

knowingly permits a dog to remain on any premises occupied by said owner. Except for

purposes of LC 7.105, 7.110 and 7.115 below, dog owner does not include veterinarians

or commercial kennel operators temporarily maintaining on their premises for a period of

not less than 30 days dogs owned by other persons.

Physical Injury. Impairment of physical condition or substantial pain.

Serious Physical Injury. Physical injury which creates a substantial risk of death

or which causes serious and protracted disfigurement, protracted impairment of health or

protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ.

Watchdog. A dog confined at a business for the exclusive use of protecting

people or property of said business.

7.090 Reporting of Biting Dogs.

(1) The owner of a dog which bites a human shall immediately notify the

Animal Regulation Authority of such bite, the time and circumstances of such bite, and

the name and address of the person bitten, if known.

(2) Any person who is bitten by a dog shall forthwith notify the Animal

Regulation Authority of such bite giving a description of the dog, the time and

circumstances of the bite and the name and address of the owner, if known.

7.095 Lane Code 7.105

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(3) When a doctor, veterinarian, hospital employee, or other person has

information that a person has been bitten by a dog, such person shall notify forthwith the

Animal Regulation Authority.
(4) A violation of LC 7.090 is a Class A violation.

7.110 Dogs at Large Prohibited.

(1) No dog owner shall permit a dog to be at large.

(2) A dog owner, whose dog runs at large, commits a Class D violation.

(3) A dog owner is deemed to be negligent per se for the actions of a dog at

large when the dog causes injury to a person or property. (Revised by Ordinance No. 2-82,

Effective 4.9.82; 13-86, 11.7.86; 3-89, 5.12.89; 1-00, 4.12.00)

7.115 Continuous Annoyance.

An animal owner who permits any animal to cause annoyance, alarm, or noise

disturbance for more than 15 minutes at any time of the day or night, be it repeated

barking, whining, screeching, howling, braying or other like sounds which can be heardbeyond

the boundary of the owner’s property commits a Class C violation.