Columbia County Courthouse

230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR 97051 • Phone: (503) 397-7210 • Toll Free: (888) 397-7210

Columbia County

What Dog Owners Should Know

As a dog owner, you should know:

  • It is unlawful for dogs to run at large in the county. Any peace officer or animal control officer may impound a dog that is found running at large. ORS 609.090
  • A dog is a public nuisance per ORS 609.095 if it:
    • Bites a person
    • Chases vehicles or persons
    • Damages or destroys property of others
    • Scatters garbage
    • Trespasses on private property
    • Disturbs any person by frequent or prolonged noise
    • Is a female in heat and running at large
    • Injures or kills a pet or domestic animal as defined in ORS 167.310(4)
  • The owner or keeper of a dog that has injured or killed livestock is responsible for any damages up to double the amount of damage. ORS 609.140
  • ANY dog which, while off the premises owned or under control of its owner, kills, wounds or injures livestock, not belonging to the master of such dog, is a public nuisance and may be killed immediately by any person. ORS 609.150 (1)
  • Possession of unlicensed dogs could result in a fine of up to $250.00
  • ALL ANIMAL BITES should be reported to an animal control officer or a police agency immediately. ORS 433.345 (1)