Offenses Against General Welfare and Animals

ORS 167.343
Unlawful tethering


A person commits the offense of unlawful tethering if the person tethers a domestic animal in the person’s custody or control:


With a tether that is not a reasonable length given the size of the domestic animal and available space and that allows the domestic animal to become entangled in a manner that risks the health or safety of the domestic animal;


With a collar that pinches or chokes the domestic animal when pulled;


For more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period; or


For more than 15 hours in a 24-hour period if the tether is attached to a running line, pulley or trolley system.


A person does not violate this section if the person tethers a domestic animal:


While the domestic animal remains in the physical presence of the person who owns, possesses, controls or otherwise has charge of the domestic animal;


Pursuant to the requirements of a campground or other recreational area;


For the purpose of engaging in an activity that requires licensure in this state, including but not limited to hunting;


To allow the person to transport the domestic animal; or


That is a dog kept for herding, protecting livestock or dogsledding.


Unlawful tethering is a Class B violation. [2013 c.382 §2]


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