2007 ORS 167.310¹
Definitions for ORS 167.310 to 167.351

As used in ORS 167.310 (Definitions for ORS 167.310 to 167.351) to 167.351 (Trading in nonambulatory livestock):

(1) "Animal" means any nonhuman mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian or fish.

(2) "Domestic animal" means an animal, other than livestock, that is owned or possessed by a person.

(3) "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.

(4) "Law enforcement animal" means a dog or horse used in law enforcement work under the control of a corrections officer, parole and probation officer, police officer or youth correction officer, as those terms are defined in ORS 181.610 (Definitions for ORS 181.610 to 181.712), who has successfully completed at least 360 hours of training in the care and use of a law enforcement animal, or who has passed the demonstration of minimum standards established by the Oregon Police Canine Association or other accredited and recognized animal handling organization.

(5) "Livestock" has the meaning provided in ORS 609.125 (Definition of "livestock").

(6) "Minimum care" means care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of an animal and, except for emergencies or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the owner, includes, but is not limited to, the following requirements:

(a) Food of sufficient quantity and quality to allow for normal growth or maintenance of body weight.

(b) Open or adequate access to potable water in sufficient quantity to satisfy the animal’s needs. Access to snow or ice is not adequate access to potable water.

(c) For a domestic animal other than a dog engaged in herding or protecting livestock, access to a barn, dog house or other enclosed structure sufficient to protect the animal from wind, rain, snow or sun and that has adequate bedding to protect against cold and dampness.

(d) Veterinary care deemed necessary by a reasonably prudent person to relieve distress from injury, neglect or disease.

(e) For a domestic animal, continuous access to an area:

(A) With adequate space for exercise necessary for the health of the animal;

(B) With air temperature suitable for the animal; and

(C) Kept reasonably clean and free from excess waste or other contaminants that could affect the animal’s health.

(f) For a livestock animal that cannot walk or stand without assistance:

(A) Humane euthanasia; or

(B) The provision of immediate and ongoing care to restore the animal to an ambulatory state.

(7) "Physical injury" means physical trauma, impairment of physical condition or substantial pain.

(8) "Physical trauma" means fractures, cuts, punctures, bruises, burns or other wounds.

(9) "Possess" has the meaning provided in ORS 161.015 (General definitions).

(10) "Serious physical injury" means physical injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes protracted disfigurement, protracted impairment of health or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a limb or bodily organ. [1985 c.662 §1; 1995 c.663 §3; 1999 c.756 §13; 2001 c.926 §7; 2003 c.543 §6; 2003 c.549 §1; 2005 c.264 §18]

Chapter 167

Atty. Gen. Opinions

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Law Review Cita­tions

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1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 167—Offenses Against Public Health, Decency and Animals, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­167.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 167, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­167ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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.