CARE OF PET AND CAPTIVE ANIMALS
As used in OAR 603-015-0025 to 603-015-0060:
(1) "Animal Pounds" or "Animal Shelters" means any establishment maintained by public funds, private funds, or a combination of public and private funds, that uses such establishment for holding pet or captive animals for disposition by gift, treatment and care, euthanasis, sale, or exchange.
(2) "Boarding Kennels" means an establishment operated and maintained for the care or custody of pet animals for boarding, training, or similar purposes, for varying periods of time, for profit or compensation.
(3) "Commercial Kennels" means an establishment operated and maintained for the purpose of breeding, buying, selling, or bartering of pet animals for profit or compensation.
(4) "Establishment" includes, in connection with the operation or ownership of a business of a boarding kennel, commercial kennel, grooming parlor, pet shop, animal pound, or animal shelter:
(a) Any room, building, structure, or place; and
(b) All equipment, machinery, fixtures, articles, and materials; and
(c) The ground upon which such place or business is located and such ground or area which is a part of the business, or used by the owner or operator in carrying out such business.
(5) "Grooming Parlor" means any establishment that bathes, clips, pedicures, or grooms any pet or captive animal for profit or compensation.
(6) "Pet Animal" or "Pet Animals" means any animal held, maintained, or kept in captivity.
(7) "Pet Shop" or "Animal Dealer" means an establishment operated and maintained for buying or receiving pet animals, and thereafter exhibiting or offering for sale, or selling, trading, or bartering such animals.
Intent and Purpose
It is the intent and purpose of the provisions of OAR 603-015-0025 to 603-015-0060 to verify and require that all measures and procedures are maintained and taken to eradicate and control diseases in pet animals, and/or the diseases in pet animals which may be transferable or transmissible from pet animals to other animals or persons.
(1) Any person who is engaged in the business of a boarding kennel, commercial kennel, pet shop, animal pounds, animal shelters, or grooming parlors, shall comply with the provisions of OAR 603-015-0025 to 603-015-0060. All such provisions apply to such businesses and to the owners or operators thereof.
(2) An individual, family, or groups of associations who do not fall within the meaning and definition of a boarding kennel, commercial kennel, pet shop, animal pound, or animal shelter or grooming parlor, owner or operator, shall also reasonably comply with the provisions or OAR 603-015-0025 to 603-015-0060, in the handling, care, and keeping of pet animals under their ownership care, or custody.
Facilities -- Indoors
(1) Structural strength of facilities for housing pet animals shall be sound, in good repair to prevent injuries, contain the animal, and prevent the entrance of other animals.
(2) Electric power and a potable water supply shall be available. Lighting, artificial and natural, shall be of good quality and well distributed.
(3) Isolation -- Facilities must be available for the isolation and treatment of pet animals suspected of harboring communicable diseases.
(4) Storage -- Facilities shall be provided for the storage of equipment and to protect food and bedding against vermin infestation and contamination.
(5) Waste Disposal: Provision for the removal and disposal of excreta, bedding, dead animals, shall be made. Disposal facilities shall be constructed and operated in such manner as to minimize disease hazards, offensive odors, and vermin infestation.
(6) Facilities for wash rooms: Basins and sinks shall be provided for cleanliness of caretakers, and sanitization of feeding utensils.
(7) Ventilation: Provisions and facilities for adequate ventilation to insure the exhausting of stale air, excess humidity, and kennel odors, shall be made and maintained. Temperatures of 70 degrees to 75 degrees F. are recommended within practical limits.
Facilities -- Outdoors
Shall offer shade against sun, shelter against rain, snow, and wind; sufficient protection for pet animals against cold and inclement weather, and adequate drainage to eliminate excessive water in the runs. Adequate space should be allowed in outside houses and cages to permit the animal to stand, turn around, and lie down, without obstructing freedom of movement.
Health and Husbandry Practices
(1) Pet animals shall be fed a food that is palatable, wholesome, and meets minimal daily nutritional requirements. Ground or kennel surface feeding is not permitted. Feed pans and receptacles shall be washed and sanitized after each feeding. Self feeders will be cleaned and sanitized as often as necessary to prevent molding or deterioration of the contents.
(2) Fresh potable water will be offered at least twice daily and more often if weather conditions warrant. More water is required in hot weather.
(3) Sanitation: Excreta will be removed from runs, cages, pens, daily and more often if necessary. Runs and enclosures will be sanitized once weekly by cleaning and using a safe and effective disinfectant and changing soil or litter as often as it becomes soiled. Premises will be kept clean and free from trash and facilities will be maintained in good order to prevent injury to animals and offer them proper protection against inclement weather.
(4) Sick animals. Pet animals that are quarantined or under treatment for communicable diseases shall be isolated in such place that healthy animals are not exposed.
(5) Importation: In accordance with OAR 603-011-0250 through 603-011-0382 and ORS 596.341 and other laws or regulations thereunder.
Animals in Transit
(1) Pet animals when required to be shipped in crates shall be transported in crates constructed of a smooth, durable material which is easily cleaned and shall:
(a) Have a solid floor which may have a false bottom;
(b) Be so constructed as to provide maximum safety for the particular animal or animals being transported;
(c) Have openings on two sides to assure adequate ventilation;
(d) Crates shall be so constructed that food or water may be put through a small-type door without removing the animal from the crate in order that caretakers may feed and water when required;
(e) Care and feeding instructions should be written out by the shipper and attached to the crate. Other precautions in handling the animal should also be given in case it becomes necessary to move the animal from the crate.
(2) In all cases the crates shall be large enough to provide space for the pet animals to lie down in extended position and to allow ease of movement when standing or turning around. When the temperature is over 85 degrees F., increased space shall be provided to within reason.
(3) The crate shall be cleaned before use for each trip.
(4) Food and water containers shall be cleaned and sanitized before each trip.
(5) If bedding is used it shall be clean, dry, and dust free.
(6) The person or persons responsible for the welfare of the pet animal or animals while in transit shall:
(a) Offer the pet animal food at least once every 24 hours;
(b) Offer all pet animals water at 12 hour intervals at least, except that water shall be offered at four-hour intervals when the temperature reaches 90 degrees F. or above;
(c) Inspect each pet animal at four-hour intervals or oftener.
(1) A record of each sale shall be maintained by the owner or operator of each boarding kennel, commercial kennel, pet shop, animal pound, or animal shelter, for a minimum period of 12 months after date of sale or transfer of a pet animal and shall include the date of sale, age, breed, indication of sex of animal sold, name and address of the purchaser, source, and breeder.
(2) If records of prophylactic medication are used in advertising or are furnished the purchaser or person acquiring a pet animal, specific information regarding type, amount, and date of prophylactic medication shall be kept by the owner or operator of each boarding kennel, commercial kennel, pet shop, animal pound, or animal shelter, and shall become a part of the sales record.
(3) Upon request from the purchaser, such owner or operator of each boarding kennel, commercial kennel, pet shop, animal pound, or animal shelter, or his representative, shall furnish the purchaser with a record as outlined in section (2) of this rule.
Applicable penalties as set forth in ORS 596.990 apply to any person violating the provisions of OAR 603-015-0025 to 603-015-0060
Oregon State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310