Offenses Against General Welfare and Animals

ORS 167.322
Aggravated animal abuse in the first degree


A person commits the crime of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree if the person:


Maliciously kills an animal; or


Intentionally or knowingly tortures an animal.


Aggravated animal abuse in the first degree is a Class C felony and the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission shall classify the offense as crime category 6 of the sentencing guidelines grid.


As used in this section:


“Maliciously” means intentionally acting with a depravity of mind and reckless and wanton disregard of life.


“Torture” means an action taken for the primary purpose of inflicting pain. [1995 c.663 §2; 2001 c.926 §9; 2013 c.719 §3]

Notes of Decisions

Evidence showing nonmalicious motivation for killing animal is not character evidence. State v. Dan, 172 Or App 645, 20 P3d 829 (2001)

Chapter 167

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Exemption of nuisance laws from constitutional requirement for payments based on government regulations restricting use of property, (2001) Vol 49, p 284

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)


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