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The 2015 Regular Session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned July 6. See which bills passed, OHS “Top Dog” picks and more.
Recent Oregon Legislation
Animal-Related Legislation in 2015
The 2015 session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned in early July. During this year’s legislative session in Salem, OHS worked hard in support of new measures to fight animal cruelty and bring offenders to justice. Highlights of the most recent session include:
Dogs Trapped in Hot Cars, SB 614: This new law, which garnered overwhelming support, addresses the issue of dogs locked in cars during hot weather. Temperatures inside cars on hot days can easily reach dangerous levels for dogs, and the new measure gives law enforcement officers the authority to break into a motor vehicle to rescue an endangered animal.
Nuisance Statute for Animal Crimes, HB 2888: This bill, also signed into law, gives citizens a new tool to fight animal cruelty by allowing the use of a nuisance statute to shut down an establishment where animal cruelty is occurring. It allows observers or neighbors to take action against properties that host puppy mills, dog fights and other forms of animal crimes. With many jurisdictions reducing resources dedicated to investigating animal crimes, the new law gives local residents a new way to take action themselves.
Rescue Agencies with 10 or More Animals, SB 4: This law provides a technical fix to Senate Bill 6 from 2013. It states that regulations pertaining to adoption groups that maintain control of 10 or more animals also applies to those groups that house 10 or more pets in multiple locations.
See more 2015 details and highlights here »
Previous Legislative Successes
The Omnibus Animal Welfare bill enacted in 2013 included a sweeping set of measures that increased the penalties for animal crimes and gave authorities new investigation tools. Among the provisions: the law granted judges strong new powers to sentence animal offenders to prison; elevated the penalties for animal crimes committed in the presence of a minor; barred offenders convicted of animal neglect from possessing horses and other livestock; and greatly increased the penalties for crimes involving more than ten pets–a powerful tool in cases that involve hoarders and neglectful breeders.
Legislators also approved a new measure that restricted the practice of tethering dogs to a stationary line for more than ten hours a day, a practice that frequently leads to neglect and isolation.
Animal advocates also cheered the passage of SB 835, which banned equine tripping in rodeos. The practice involves the use of a rope to bring down a moving horse, and is already banned in many states as it constitutes a serious danger to the health of the horse.