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  • County ordinance covers dogs that are nuisances or free

  • We live in the county and have a neighbor a couple of lots away from us who has a dog that kind of runs wild through the area. He's not mean, and as far as I know has never bitten anyone or attacked livestock. But he gets into things like garbage cans and is generally a pain in the you-know-what. Our neighbor says his dogs ha...
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  • We live in the county and have a neighbor a couple of lots away from us who has a dog that kind of runs wild through the area. He's not mean, and as far as I know has never bitten anyone or attacked livestock. But he gets into things like garbage cans and is generally a pain in the you-know-what. Our neighbor says his dogs have always run around and he doesn't seem interested in doing anything about it. I know there are dangerous dog ordinances, but are there any laws to deal with dogs that are just really annoying?
    — Henry, Jackson County
    Yes, indeed, Henry, there are rules to protect people from dogs on the loose, whether they get into things or not.
    Jackson County addresses this in Ordinance 612.09, which among other things defines what constitutes an unlawful nuisance.
    It reads, in part:
    It is unlawful for a keeper to fail to prevent a dog from being a public nuisance. For purposes of this chapter a "a public nuisance" means:
    (1) A dog at large;
    (2) A dog unreasonably causing annoyance, alarm or noise disturbance at any time of the day or night, by frequent or prolonged noises which may be heard beyond the boundary of the keeper's property;
    (3) A dog trespassing on property of another;
    (4) A dog leaving its feces on a public place or on property of another.
    We're sorry your neighbor doesn't seem responsive. Since you can't get his attention, you may need to contact Jackson County Animal Control at 541-774-6655.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.
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