Chapter 9.14
DOG LEASH LAW

Sections:

9.14.010    Purpose.

9.14.020    Definitions.

9.14.030    Dogs off premises to be on a leash.

9.14.040    Exceptions.

9.14.050    Enforcement.

9.14.010 Purpose.

Under the authority of chapter 16.10 RCW and the general police power of the county’s legislative body, this chapter is intended to further protect the public health, safety and welfare in regard to the control of dogs.

(Ord. 82-114 § 1, adopted December 16, 1982; § 22 of Res. adopted July 10, 1978; Amended Ord. 96-052 § 4, July 10, 1996, Eff date July 25, 1996).

9.14.020 Definitions.

In this chapter, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) "Lawful", in regard to herding, hunting, competition, or training, means to be engaged in this activity on the property of another by permission or on public land that is set aside and/or open for such use or on a public right-of-way where authorized and is conducted in a reasonably safe and prudent manner.

(§ 22 of Res. adopted July 10, 1978; Amended Ord. 96-052 § 5, July 10, 1996, Eff date July 25, 1996; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-070, Sept. 8, 2010, Eff date Sept. 19, 2010).

9.14.030 Dogs off premises to be on a leash.

It is unlawful for the owner or custodian of any dog to cause, permit, or allow such dog to roam, run, stray or be away from the premises of its owner or custodian or to be on any public place or any public property unless the dog is under control, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that this section does not apply to dogs directly supervised by their owners while using designated off leash areas on county park property. Any dog found roaming, running, straying or being away from such premises and not under control is declared to be a public nuisance and may be seized and impounded subject to redemption in the manner provided by chapter 9.12 SCC.

(§ 22 of Res. adopted July 10, 1978; Amended Ord. 96-052 § 6, July 10, 1996, Eff date July 25, 1996; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-070, Sept. 8, 2010, Eff date Sept. 19, 2010).

9.14.040 Exceptions.

(1) The prohibition contained in SCC 9.14.030 shall not apply to dogs that are under control while engaged in one of the following:

(a) Lawful herding of farm animals;

(b) Lawful hunting activities;

(c) Lawful competition sanctioned by a nationally recognized body or a local chapter thereof; or

(d) Lawful training in preparation for such herding, hunting, or competitive activities.

(2) The prohibition contained in SCC 9.14.030 shall not apply in future "open run areas" established by Snohomish county. For this chapter "open run areas" means a clearly defined area where dogs are allowed to run off a leash but under control.

(3) Dogs engaged in search and rescue activities in conformance with chapter 118-04 WAC are exempt from the prohibition contained in SCC 9.14.030.

(4) Dogs engaged in law enforcement activities conducted by city, county, state, or federal law enforcement officials are exempt from the prohibition contained in SCC 9.14.030.

(Ord. 82-114 § 2, adopted December 16, 1982; § 22 of Res. adopted July 10, 1978; Amended Ord. 96-052 § 7, July 10, 1996, Eff date July 25, 1996).

9.14.050 Enforcement.

The enforcement of this chapter shall be in accordance with the provisions of chapter 9.12 SCC.

(§ 22 of Res. adopted July 10, 1978; Amended Ord. 96-052 § 11, July 10, 1996, Eff date July 25, 1996).