Interfering with an assistance, a search and rescue or a therapy animal
(1) A person commits the crime of interfering with an assistance, a search and rescue or a therapy animal if the person intentionally or knowingly:
(a) Injures or attempts to injure an animal the person knows or reasonably should know is an assistance animal, a search and rescue animal or a therapy animal;
(b) Interferes with an assistance animal while the assistance animal is being used to provide assistance to a person with a disability; or
(c) Interferes with a search and rescue animal or a therapy animal while the animal is being used for search and rescue or therapy purposes.
(2) As used in this section, assistance animal has the meaning given that term in ORS 659A.143 (Assistance animals).
(3) As used in this section and ORS 30.822 (Action for theft of or injury to search and rescue animal or therapy animal):
(a) Search and rescue animal means that the animal has been professionally trained for, and is actively used for, search and rescue purposes.
(b) Therapy animal means an animal other than an assistance animal that has been professionally trained for, and is actively used for, therapy purposes.
(4) Interfering with an assistance, a search and rescue or a therapy animal is a Class A misdemeanor. [1993 c.312 §3; 2007 c.70 §37; 2013 c.530 §6]
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