oregon revised statutes regarding offenses against animals
Abandonment or Abuse
Misdemeanor and Felony Cases
An "A" misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 1 year in the county jail and a fine of $6,250.00 (Second degree animal neglect: failure to provide adequate care; or keeping or using an animal for fighting purposes, or promoting, participating in, or being a spectator at animal fighting exhibitions. Commerce in fur of domestic dogs and cats is also an "A" misdemeanor.)
A "B" misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 6 months in the county jail and a fine of $2,500.00 (Second degree animal abandonment, neglect or abuse causing serious physical injury or death to the animal. Also includes abandoning an animal in any location, including at or near an animal shelter, veterinarian clinic or other place of shelter if reasonable arrangements have not been made for the care of the animal.)
A "C" felony is punishable by a maximum of 5 years in the state penitentiary and a $100,000.00 fine (Applies if there are previous convictions of second degree animal abandonment, neglect or abuse; first degree aggravated animal abuse; or any abuse of an animal if domestic violence is involved or if the abuse of the animal is seen or perceived in any other manner by a minor child.) Persons convicted of the Class A and B misdemeanors may not possess a domestic animal for a period of five years and may be required to forfeit all other domestic animals. Persons convicted of the Class C felony may not possess a domestic animal for a period of 15 years and must forfeit all other domestic animals. The offender may also be responsible for the costs of veterinarian care and boarding.
ORS 167.310 states that minimum care for animals includes adequate food and water (not snow or ice), clean shelter that protects from wind, rain, snow and sun with adequate bedding to protect against cold and dampness; veterinarian care to relieve distress from injury, neglect or disease; clean and adequate space for exercise; and suitable air temperature. Domestic animals also require adequate and suitable human companionship.