(1)In order to operate in Oregon, each separate physical location out of which an animal rescue entity operates shall obtain and maintain a license from the Department.
(2)An animal rescue entity shall apply to the Department for the issuance or renewal of a license using the following process:
(3)The Department will review and process applications using the following process:
(A)Indoor facilities as per OAR 603-015-0040 (Facilities — Indoors);
(B)Outdoor facilities as per OAR 603-015-0045 (Facilities — Outdoors);
(C)Health and husbandry practices as per OAR 603-015-0050 (Health and Husbandry Practices);
(D)Record keeping as per OAR 603-015-0060 (Records) and OAR 603-015-0090 (Record keeping) including importation documents if animals are acquired from an out-of-state or international source; and
(A)The application is incomplete;
(B)The animal rescue entity fails to pay the license fee;
(C)The animal rescue entity did not allow an inspection as required by subpart (b) of this section (3);
(D)The animal rescue entity did not provide follow up documentation required under subpart (d) of this section (3);
(F)The Department determines it should exercise its discretion to decline to do so under section (8) of this rule.
(4)For the issuance or renewal of a license, the fee shall be $375 per license year. Fees are not prorated. A license will be valid for the remainder of the license year in which the license is issued or renewed.
(5)If the Department receives a complaint about an animal rescue entity or a facility controlled by an animal rescue entity, including foster facilities, the Department may initiate an investigation and inspect that animal rescue entity or facility. The Department may seek and obtain a warrant to conduct an investigation or inspection, and when conducting an investigation or inspection pursuant to this rule, the Department may seize any evidence or report any other violations that it observes or otherwise discovers.
(6)An animal rescue entity may only transfer a license to another person with the prior written consent of the Department. The Department will only grant a transfer request if it determines the current license has not expired and the request complies with the requirements of this provision. To request a transfer of a license, a licensee shall submit a request to transfer the license to the Department in writing and include the name, address, and management, ownership, or substantial control of their business or operation to which the animal rescue entity wishes to transfer its license and shall include any other information or documentation requested by the Department. The transferee shall submit a signed release to the Department permitting the performance of a background investigation of the transferee, and the Department shall conduct a background investigation. An inspection is required to complete the license transfer. The Department will either deny or grant the transfer as soon as practicable.
(8)The Department may refuse to issue or renew, suspend, or revoke a license for any one or more of the following grounds:
Rule 603-015-0085 — Licensing,