Chapter 17.02
DOGS AND CATS

Sections:

17.02.010    Dog control zone.

17.02.015    Dog licensing – Regulations.

17.02.020    Dog licensing – Civil violations.

17.02.025    Dog(s) kept outside.

17.02.030    Control of dogs – Civil violations.

17.02.035    Unlawful release.

17.02.040    Animal waste – Owner responsibility.

17.02.045    Cat licensing – Regulations.

17.02.050    Cat licensing – Civil violations.

17.02.060    Control of cats – Civil violations.

17.02.070    Adopted dogs and cats.

17.02.075    Humane trapping or catching of dogs and cats – Procedure.

SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 635    05/05/98

AMENDED SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 679    11/23/99

Ord. 753    07/13/04

Ord. 775    06/21/05

Ord. 854    10/13/09

17.02.010 Dog control zone.

All of unincorporated Clallam County, except national parks and tribal lands, shall be designated a dog control zone in accordance with Chapter 16.10 RCW.

17.02.015 Dog licensing – Regulations.

(1) All dogs over the age of six months shall be licensed. A license is valid for one year from the date of purchase, except that the County may establish a license for microchipped and spayed or neutered dogs that is valid for the life of the dog. A late penalty may be added if the owner fails to renew an expired license within 30 days of license expiration. There shall be a fee for replacement of any lost license tag. License fees may be paid to the Humane Society, a contractor, a “private” licensing outlet, or other outlet as designated by the Director. A service charge in addition to the regularly set fees may be collected and retained by all “private” licensing outlets designated by the Director for each dog license issued. Upon payment of the license fee, the licensing outlet shall give to the owner of such dog a license and metallic tag for each dog licensed and shall transmit the license form to the Animal Control Authority who shall maintain records of all licenses.

(2) All licenses issued pursuant to this chapter shall be dated and numbered, and shall bear the name of Clallam County, the name and address of the owner of the dog, and a description of the dog. A metallic tag bearing a serial number corresponding to the number of the license and the County or part thereof will be issued to the owner. If the owner presents proof that the dog is microchipped, the microchip number will be recorded on the license.

(3) It shall be the duty of every owner to attach the valid metallic license tag to the collar worn by his/her dog when the dog is off the owner’s property. A dog with permanent, readily scannable microchip identification shall not be required to wear a collar with the metallic license tag attached. Except that neither the County nor the animal shelter shall be liable for the failure of a scanner to detect the presence of a microchip.

(4) Upon the sale or other transfer of ownership of any dog, the dog shall be relicensed by the new owner.

(5) All license fees, late penalties, and service charges collected under the provisions of this section, other than civil penalties and criminal fines, are set forth in Chapter 5.100 CCC. The Animal Control Authority may, at its discretion, temporarily reduce license or other fees at special events or clinics held to encourage compliance with this chapter.

(6) Exceptions. Licenses are not required in the following circumstances:

(a) Nonresidents temporarily residing in Clallam County for a period less than 60 days.

(b) Dogs held for rehabilitation by a recognized rescue organization except that such dogs cannot be bred or held for longer than 90 days without licensing.

17.02.020 Dog licensing – Civil violations.

The following dog licensing regulations are designed to protect public health and safety and welfare of dogs. The owner of a dog shall license his/her dog as required in CCC 17.02.015. The violation of this section is a Class 1 civil infraction. It is unlawful for any person to violate any of the following regulations:

(1) Owning an unlicensed dog over the age of six months;

(2) Owning a dog over the age of six months that is off its owner’s property while not wearing a collar with a current valid metallic license tag attached, or is not otherwise permanently identified with a microchip that can be correlated with a license number, as provided for in CCC 17.02.015(3);

(3) Owning a dog wearing a license tag registered to another dog;

(4) Removing a license tag from any dog without the authorization of the owner of the dog;

(5) Falsely representing whether any dog is neutered, nonneutered, spayed, nonspayed, or microchipped for the purpose of securing a dog license.

17.02.025 Dog(s) kept outside.

Every dog kept or left outdoors shall have fresh, clean food; fresh, clean water; and shelter available.

(1) Fresh, clean food and fresh, clean water shall be available at all times.

(2) Adequate food shall be available daily.

(3) Shelter shall be available at all times and shall consist of a structure which has a watertight roof and is capable of protecting the dog from the elements. The structure must be large enough for the dog to enter, be able to stand up, turn around, and lay inside.

17.02.030 Control of dogs – Civil violations.

The following dog control regulations are designed to protect public health and safety and welfare of dogs. The owner of a dog is strictly liable to control his/her dog as required herein. This means that the penalty for violation of these regulations is imposed without regard to any wrongful intention of the violator. The violation of subsection (1) of this section is a Class 1 civil infraction. It is unlawful for the owner of a dog to fail to prevent said dog from:

(1) Inflicting a bite on a human or animal (except poultry, rabbits, and cats that are allowed to roam off their owner’s property). Any such bite may result in a declaration of the dog being potentially dangerous pursuant to Chapter 17.03 CCC;

(2) Running at large;

(3) Not being under control while off the owner’s property;

(4) Entering any place where food is stored, prepared, served or sold to the public, or any public building or hall. This section shall not apply to any dog serving the blind or deaf; or to dogs used by armored car services, private security companies, or law enforcement agencies;

(5) Being accessible to other dogs, while in heat, for purposes other than controlled or planned breeding;

(6) Chasing, running after or jumping at vehicles using public roadways;

(7) Snapping, growling, snarling, barking in a threatening manner, or jumping upon, chasing or otherwise threatening persons while the dog is not restrained and is off the property of the owner;

(8) Howling, yelping, whining, barking, or making other noises in such a manner as to disturb any person or groups of persons to an unreasonable degree except that working dogs as defined in CCC 17.01.015 are exempted. The following examples constitute prima facia evidence of disturbing a person or group to an unreasonable degree; provided, however, these examples are not exclusive:

(a) Two or more complaints from different complainants within a 24 hour period;

(b) Barking, howling, yelping, or whining for more than one hour;

(c) Prolonged barking between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.;

(9) Entering upon another person’s property without the authorization of that person;

(10) Being kept, harbored or maintained and known to have a contagious disease unless under the treatment of a licensed veterinarian;

(11) Running in packs while off the owner’s property;

(12) Damaging or destroying the property of another person, including destroying wildlife that has purposefully been attracted to the person’s property;

(13) Being staked, tethered or kept on public property;

(14) Entering another’s property and injuring or killing any poultry or rabbits that are housed in an adequate enclosure, or cats that are on their owner’s property.

17.02.035 Unlawful release.

It is unlawful for a person to release any animal not belonging to them from a tether line, run, chain, fenced area, or any other means used to restrain/secure the animal. The only exception would be if failure to release the animal would result in injury or death to the animal.

17.02.040 Animal waste – Owner responsibility.

The owner of any dog which defecates while off its owner’s property shall pick up, bag, and properly dispose of the waste.

17.02.045 Cat licensing – Regulations.

(1) All cats over six months of age are required to be licensed by their owner. A license is valid for one year from the date of purchase, except that the County may establish a license for microchipped and spayed or neutered cats that is valid for the life of the cat. A late penalty may be added if the owner fails to renew an expired license within 30 days of license expiration. There shall be a fee for replacement of any lost license tag. License fees may be paid to the Humane Society, a contractor, a “private” licensing outlet, or other outlet as designated by the Director. A service charge in addition to the regularly set fees may be collected and retained by all “private” licensing outlets designated by the Director for each cat license issued. Upon payment of the license fee, the licensing outlet shall give the owner of such cat a license and metallic tag for each cat licensed.

(2) All license fees and service charges collected under the provisions of this section are set forth in Chapter 5.100 CCC.

(3) It shall be the duty of every owner to attach the valid metallic license tag to the collar worn by his/her cat when the cat is off the owner’s property. A cat with permanent, readily scannable microchip identification shall not be required to wear a collar with the metallic license tag attached. Except that neither the County nor the animal shelter shall be liable for the failure of a scanner to detect the presence of a microchip.

(4) Upon the sale or other transfer of ownership of any cat, the cat shall be relicensed by the new owner.

(5) All license fees, late penalties, and service charges collected under the provisions of this section, other than civil penalties and criminal fines, are set forth in Chapter 5.100 CCC. The Animal Control Authority may, at its discretion, temporarily reduce license or other fees at special events or clinics held to encourage compliance with this chapter.

(6) Exceptions. Licenses are not required in the following circumstances:

(a) Nonresidents temporarily residing in Clallam County for a period less than 60 days.

(b) Cats held for rehabilitation by a recognized rescue organization, except that such cats cannot be bred or held for longer than 90 days without licensing.

17.02.050 Cat licensing – Civil violations.

The following cat licensing regulations are designed to protect public health and safety, and the welfare of cats. The owner of a cat shall license his/her cat as required in CCC 17.02.045. The violation of this section is a Class 1 civil infraction. It is unlawful for any person to violate any of the following regulations:

(1) Owning an unlicensed cat over the age of six months;

(2) Owning a cat over the age of six months that is off its owner’s property while not wearing a collar with a current valid metallic license tag attached, or is not otherwise permanently identified with a microchip that can be correlated with a license number as provided for in CCC 17.02.015(3);

(3) Owning a cat wearing a license tag registered to another cat;

(4) Removing a license tag from any cat without the authorization of the owner of the cat;

(5) Falsely representing whether any cat is neutered, nonneutered, spayed, nonspayed, or microchipped for the purpose of securing a cat license.

17.02.060 Control of cats – Civil violations.

The following cat control regulations are designed to protect public health and safety and welfare of cats. The owner of a cat is strictly liable to control his/her cat as required herein. This means that the penalty for violation of these regulations is imposed without regard to any wrongful intention of the violator. It is unlawful for the owner of a cat to fail to prevent said cat from:

(1) Being accessible to other cats, while in heat, for purposes other than controlled or planned breeding;

(2) Being kept, harbored or maintained and known to have a contagious disease unless under the treatment of a licensed veterinarian;

(3) Being a threat to the safety of humans and/or other domestic animals;

(4) Inflicting a bite on a human;

(5) Damaging or destroying the property of another person, including destroying wildlife that has purposefully been attracted to the person’s property.

17.02.070 Adopted dogs and cats.

All animal shelters and/or animal welfare agencies operating in Clallam County shall develop and maintain procedures to ensure that all dogs and cats adopted from their shelter or agency are spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, and licensed. It shall be the responsibility of each adopter to spay or neuter, vaccinate, and license each adopted dog and/or cat. Failure of the adopter to comply within 15 days of adoption or when the adopted animal reaches the age of six months shall be a civil violation and may result in the impound of the adopted animal and loss of adoption, spay or neuter fees, vaccination fees, and/or license fees.

17.02.075 Humane trapping or catching of dogs and cats – Procedure.

Any person 18 years of age or older may humanely trap or catch any dog or cat that has entered the premises of that person’s property without the authorization of that person. After trapping or catching any dog or cat, the person shall deliver it to the County shelter or turn it over to the animal’s owner or the Animal Control Officer within twenty-four (24) hours. In the event a trapped animal is intentionally injured or harmed by the trapper or the trapper fails to turn the animal over to the animal shelter, animal’s owner, or an Animal Control Officer within twenty-four (24) hours, it shall be a misdemeanor crime.