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Dog Complaints & Investigations

Have you witnessed or been involved in animal neglect, cruelty or a bite or other dog complaint?


Investigation Requests

To report abuse or neglect, please call 503-655-8628 or fill out our Investigation Request Form.

Bites by rabies-susceptible animals are to be reported within 24 hours to the County in which the victim lives.

Clackamas County
Fax: 503-557-2829
Phone: 503-655-8628

Marion County
Fax: 503-585-4988
Phone: 503-588-5346

Outside of Oregon
Call State of Oregon Health Division: 503-731-4030

Other animal bites
Phone: 503-655-8384
Fax: 503-655-8350

When rabies is suspected after hours, on holidays or weekends, call 503-731-4030.

Barking Dogs

Complaints about barking dogs are the most frequent complaints received by Clackamas County Dog Services. As dog owners, we are responsible for the care and well-being of our pets, but sometimes we forget that our dogs can affect other people. We may not be aware of how much disturbance our own dogs are causing, or that we may have neighbors that are very sensitive to our dogs' sounds.

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons, but excessive barking can be caused by:

  • boredom
  • anxiety
  • frustration
  • medical issues
  • lifestyle changes

Things you can do if your dog is barking:

  • provide regular mental and physical stimulation
  • assure your dog has adequate social contact
  • provide a den or small enclosed area
  • block access to areas where dog can see distractions
  • consider keeping your dog indoors
  • have a vet check-up (especially if dog is older or barking is a new behavior)
  • obedience training
  • professional assistance (including veterinary, training and behavioral therapy)

Resources for understanding and dealing with barking:

Often dog owners are unaware their dog is barking or that the barking is bothersome to neighbors.  We recommend talking with your neighbor to help them understand that their dogs barking is a concern for you. You may also contact Clackamas County Dispute Resolution Center for assistance in talking with your neighbors.

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