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Dog owners in Clackamas County are now subject to new county codes and a higher dog license fee which began Oct. 29. The code changes comply with new state laws; revenue from the increased dog license fee will fund a new program to respond to complaints about barking dogs.

Amendments to the Clackamas County Animal Code that went into effect Oct. 29 will impact many people who live in the county and own one or more dogs.

The changes are in a number of areas related to dogs and other animals, including the following:

  • Minimum care restrictions: food, adequate access to potable water, access to adequate shelter and bedding, appropriate veterinary care and access to exercise space.
  • Tethering restrictions: limits to the type and duration of ways a dog can be tied up or secured.
  • Requirements for animal rescue entities, including to obtain a license and maintain records.
  • Other code amendments effective Oct. 29 include:

  • For people who apply for a multiple-dog license, adding the option to either ask the county to inspect their premises or submit an inspection certificate from a state-licensed veterinarian;
  • Removing a provision that allows County Dog Services to ask for assistance from law enforcement to execute a warrant for search and seizure of property, and
  • Adding a fine for veterinarians who do not comply with the county’s ordinance to report canine rabies vaccinations to Dog Services.
  • Dog License Fee: The cost of a dog license is increasing by $6 per year as of Oct. 29. The increase was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in order to support a new resolution-based program to respond to complaints about barking dogs, which will begin in January 2015. The new fees will be:

  • One-year license: $24 for a sterile dog, $41 for a fertile dog, $206 for multiple dogs (four or more)
  • Two-year license: $46 for a sterile dog, $72 for a fertile dog, $392 for multiple dogs
  • Three-year license: $66 for a sterile dog; $108 for a fertile dog, $578 for multiple dogs
  • Details of the changes can be found in the County Animal Code, Title 5, at clackamas.us/code/documents/title5.pdf or by contacting Clackamas County Dog Services at 503-655-8628 or clackamas.us/dogs.

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