Multnomah County Ordinance provides that an Animal Services Hearings Officer shall hold a public hearing on any properly filed appeal to Notices of Infraction (NOI), or Potentially Dangerous Animal Classifications.
- How to Appeal a Notice of Infraction (NOI)
- How to Appeal a Potentially Dangerous Dog or Animal Classification
In order to observe social distancing requirements and recommendations from public health officials in response to COVID-19, Public Appeal Hearings are held online.
Defendants or counsel can provide the names and e-mail addresses of witnesses to appear, or any guests to attend the hearing in support of the defendant to Nicole Hagen (Nicole.Hagen@multco.us), and an invitation to the virtual hearing will be provided by e-mail.
Failure to appear at a scheduled hearing for your case may result in forfeiture of any right to any further appeal for the related violation or determination.
Hearings are open for public attendance.
Hearing Days & Times
- Public Appeal Hearings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 1 pm
Rules of Conduct for Public Appeal Hearings
- No recording of the hearing by any unauthorized persons
- Participants and witnesses must remain on mute (if virtual), or silent unless they are testifying, questioning witnesses or answering questions
- Only one person shall speak at a time
- No profanity or abusive behavior will be tolerated
- Inspection of personal items may occur upon entry to the hearings room
- No large bags, backpacks, or purses will be allowed into the hearings room
- No weapons of any kind
- Cell phones must be muted
- No pets are allowed
- The Hearing’s Office reserves the right to remove any individual from the hearing
To submit evidence for hearings
- E-mail photos, documents, or other relevant files to Nicole Hagen at Nicole.Hagen@multco.us
- Reference the case number in the e-mail subject line and body.
- Evidence must be submitted by 5 pm on the day before the hearing. All evidence will be distributed by e-mail on the day of the hearing to:
- The hearings officer
- The defendant and their legal counsel
- The county representative