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For purposes of sections 4.330 to 4.500 of this chapter, the following words and phrases mean:

Animal. Any nonhuman mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian or fish.

Animal agency. Any public or private organization whether called a pound, kennel, shelter, society, or the like, that controls, shelters, cares for or disposes of dogs and cats as all or a part of the purposes of the organization. Animal agency does not include a veterinarian in private practice. Animal agency does include the agency's officers, agents and employees when acting in the name of or on behalf of the agency.

Animal control officer. A city community service specialist or person employed by the Animal Regulation Authority and empowered to enforce provisions of these animal regulations, including issuing citations pursuant to section 2.770 for violations of sections 4.330 to 4.490.

Animal regulation authority. The animal control enforcement authority appointed by the city manager to enforce and administer the provisions of sections 4.330 to 4.490.

Animal technician. A person performing duties under the supervision of a veterinarian and

(a) is an animal technician as defined in ORS 686.350, or

(b) has received a certificate in animal technology or a comparable certificate from a recognized college or university approved by the Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board or by the American Veterinary Medicine Association.

At large. A dog or other animal inside the corporate limits of the city, off the premises of the owner, and not under complete control by adequate leash. A dog in field training or a dog in an area designated as a dog-off-leash area within a city park, is exempted unless the dog causes personal injury or property damage off the premises of the owner. This exception does not apply to any dog identified as a potentially dangerous dog under section 4.435 to 4.445.

Barking dog. A dog which persistently barks or howls and thereby unreasonably deprives a person of peace and quiet.

Commercial breeding kennel. A place of business for the breeding and/or selling of dogs. The term is not intended to include an animal hospital or noncommercial kennel.

Commercial kennel. A place of business where dogs are boarded. No more than two of the dogs shall be used for breeding. The term is not intended to include an animal hospital or noncommercial kennel.

Continuous annoyance. Permit any animal to cause annoyance, alarm or disturbance for more than 15 continuous 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.

Dangerous animal. Any animal, other than a dog, which has the propensity to bite or attack any person without provocation and the capacity to inflict serious harm on that person. It shall be presumed that any animal, other than a dog, which has injured a human being on two occasions without provocation is a dangerous animal.

Director. The administrative head of the animal regulation authority, or the administrative head’s designee.

Dog. Any mammal of the Canidae family.

Dog-off-leash area. Any area within a city park designated by the city manager or the city manager’s designee as an area in which dogs may be allowed to run off leash.

Dog owner. Any person who is the licensed owner of a dog, or who has a right of property in a dog, or who harbors a dog or who has it in their care, possession, custody or control or who knowingly permits a dog to remain on any premises occupied by the person. Except for purposes of sections 4.425 and 4.430, owner does not include veterinarians or commercial kennel operators temporarily maintaining on their premises for a period of less than 30 days dogs owned by other persons. Any person, except a veterinarian or commercial kennel operator, who resides where a dog is kept, harbored or cared for shall be presumed to be the owner of that dog. This presumption may be rebutted by proof that such person has no property right in the dog, is not the licensed owner, and is neither harboring nor caring for the dog.

Domestic animal. Animal, other than livestock or equines, that is owned or possessed by a person.

Employment and industrial zone. Property zoned as "employment and industrial" by Chapter 9 of this Code.

Equine. A horse, pony, donkey, mule, hinny, zebra or a hybrid of any of these animals.

Euthanasia. Putting an animal to death in a humane manner by a licensed veterinarian or a certified euthanasia technician.

Field training. A dog on exhibition in a dog show or a dog in obedience or field training exercises which is out of general automobile traffic and under the direct supervision of a handler who has in the handler’s possession proof of obedience title or certificate of obedience for the animal in question.

Good animal husbandry. Includes, but is not limited to the dehorning of cattle, the docking of horses, sheep or swine, and the castration or neutering of livestock, according to accepted practices of veterinary medicine or animal husbandry.

Hearings official. A person appointed by the city manager to hear and determine matters as provided in sections 4.330 to 4.490.

Leash. Any humane device constructed of rope, leather strap, chain or other sturdy material not exceeding eight feet in length, being held in the hand of a person capable of controlling the animal to which it is attached.

Livestock. Includes but is not limited to any cattle, llamas, sheep, horse, goat, swine, fowl, and any fur-bearing animal bred and maintained commercially or otherwise within pens, cages and hutches.

Minimum care. Care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of an animal.

Muzzle. A device constructed of strong, soft material or metal that complies with specifications to be adopted by the director. The muzzle must be made in a manner that will not cause injury to the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration, but must prevent it from biting any person or animal.

Neutered. The removal of the ovaries and uterus, ovarian hysterectomy, in female dogs. The removal of the male gonads in male dogs. Any other method of neutering a dog which is certified and performed by a licensed veterinarian.

Noncommercial dog kennel. An establishment or premises where four or more dogs, over six months of age, are kept or maintained, whether by owners of the dogs or by persons providing facilities and care, and whether or not for compensation, not including the temporary keeping of one additional dog for up to 6 months in any 12-month period. No more than two of the dogs shall be used for breeding. The term does not include any animal hospital. For purposes of this definition, if the “premises” consists of a lot that contains a main dwelling and an accessory dwelling unit, the “premises” means the lot.

Pet or domestic animal. Any animal that is owned or possessed by a person, other than livestock.

Physical injury. Physical trauma, impairment of physical condition or substantial pain.

Physical trauma. Fractures, cuts, punctures, bruises, burns or other wounds.

Police animal. A dog or horse used in police work under the control of a peace officer as defined in ORS 161.015, who has successfully qualified in the care and use of a police animal as required by state statutes, whether or not the animal is being so used at the time in question. Unless specifically referred to therein, neither a police service animal nor the officer using it is subject to any of the restrictions or regulations contained in sections 4.330 to 4.495 of this chapter.

Possess. To have physical possession or otherwise to exercise dominion or control over property.

Potentially dangerous dog. A dog that has been found to engage in behavior specified in section 4.435.

Private practice of veterinarian medicine. The private practice of veterinarian medicine has its ordinary meaning, and includes private animal hospitals or clinics under the supervision or control of a veterinarian. The phrase also includes the agents and employees of a private animal hospital and clinic when acting in the name of or on behalf of such hospital or clinic.

Put to death. The taking of an act or series of actions for the purpose of intentionally causing death.

Secure enclosure. A structure in which an animal is confined such that the animal does not have access to humans or other animals. The structure will not be less than eight feet long, four feet wide and five feet tall. If the floor is not concrete, the outside walls must extend into the ground not less than one foot to prohibit the digging out of the animal. The top of the structure must be covered.

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.

Service animal. Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Consistent with federal rules implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act, a miniature horse that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability may also be considered a service animal. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handlers’ disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are vision impaired with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.

Tethering. Restraining a domestic animal by tying the domestic animal to any object or structure by any means. Does not include using a handheld leash for the purpose of walking a domestic animal.

Veterinarian. A person licensed by the State of Oregon to practice veterinarian medicine.

Watchdog. A dog confined at a business for the exclusive use of protecting people or property of said business.

(Section 4.330, formerly Section 4.355, renumbered by Ordinance No. 19461. Section 4.355 amended by Ordinance No. 17472, enacted November 12, 1975; Ordinance No. 18640, enacted June 9, 1980; Ordinance No. 18730, enacted December 10, 1980; Ordinance No. 18945, enacted April 14, 1982; Ordinance No. 19171, enacted August 8, 1983; Ordinance No. 19315, enacted March 11, 1985; renumbered and amended by Ordinance No. 19461, enacted April 13, 1987; Ordinance No. 19505 enacted October 12, 1987; Ordinance No. 19542, enacted March 16, 1988, effective March 26, 1988; Ordinance No. 19587, enacted December 12, 1988; Ordinance No. 19615, enacted May 22, 1989; Ordinance No. 19686, enacted May 14, 1990; Ordinance No. 19792, enacted August 5, 1991; administratively amended by Ordinance No. 20113, enacted April 6, 1998, effective May 6, 1998; amended by Ordinance No. 20417, enacted August 11, 2008, effective June 12, 2009; Ordinance No. 20477, enacted June 27, 2011, effective July 30, 2011; Ordinance No. 20528, enacted May 14, 2014, effective June 23, 2014; Ordinance No. 20594, enacted June 11, 2018, effective July 1, 2018, remanded on November 29, 2018, and provisions administratively removed; Ordinance No. 20625, enacted January 21, 2020, effective February 22, 2020, remanded on November 24, 2020, and provisions administratively removed; Ordinance No. 20649, enacted April 21, 2021, effective May 24, 2021; Ordinance No. 20659, enacted September 15, 2021, effective September 17, 2021.)