2015 ORS 181A.345¹
Humane special agents to enforce animal welfare laws under direction of law enforcement agency
  • notice required of allegation of abuse of commission

(1) A humane special agent shall work cooperatively with law enforcement agencies in enforcing animal welfare laws and shall defer to the direction of a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the commission of a violation of animal welfare laws.

(2) If a law enforcement agency or a humane investigation agency learns of an allegation that a humane special agent has abused the agent’s commission, or otherwise has reasonable cause to believe that the commission of a humane special agent is subject to suspension or revocation under ORS 181A.340 (Commissioning of humane special agents) (3), the agency shall promptly notify the Superintendent of State Police.

(3) As used in this section:

(a) "Animal welfare laws" and "humane investigation agency" have the meanings given those terms in ORS 181A.340 (Commissioning of humane special agents).

(b) "Humane special agent" means a person who is commissioned under ORS 181A.340 (Commissioning of humane special agents) and is engaged in the enforcement of animal welfare laws.

(c) "Law enforcement agency" includes the Department of State Police, a county sheriff’s office, a district attorney’s office and a municipal police department. [Formerly 181.435]

Note: 181A.345 (Humane special agents to enforce animal welfare laws under direction of law enforcement agency) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 181A or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 181A—State Police; Crime Reporting and Records; Public Safety Standards and Training; Private Security Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors181A.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.