Chapter 17.08
LEASH CONTROL AREA

Sections:

17.08.020    Prohibited behavior in a leash control area.

17.08.030    Creation or deletion of a leash control area.

SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 635    05/05/98

AMENDED SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 679    11/23/99

17.08.020 Prohibited behavior in a leash control area.

In addition to other violations defined in this title, and unless otherwise defined in the description of a leash control area, it shall be unlawful for any person, while within the boundaries of any leash control area contained in Addendum A, attached to the ordinance codified in this chapter, to:

(1) Allow a dog off the owner’s property while not on a leash.

(2) Walk any dog from outside a leash control area into a leash control area without placing the dog on a leash.

(3) Remove a dog from a leash, for any reason, while in a leash control area and off the owner’s property.

(4) Introduce any dog into a leash control area, that is not restrained in a vehicle, without it being on a leash.

17.08.030 Creation or deletion of a leash control area.

(1) The creation, dissolution or modification of the boundaries of an existing leash control area may be initiated by petition or by Board of Clallam County Commissioners proposal. Petitions requesting the Board to create a leash control area or to dissolve an existing area or modify the boundaries of an existing area shall be filed with the Clerk of the Board. Petitions shall contain the signatures of at least fifty (50) percent plus one of the property owners of the area under consideration. Verification of signatures shall be accomplished by the Auditor.

(2) Petitions submitted to the Board shall contain, at a minimum, the following information:

(a) The description of the property to be designated or undesignated and a sketch of the proposed boundaries. The description shall include a map which depicts parcels and parcel sizes within the proposed boundaries.

(b) The name, address, telephone number, and tax parcel number of the primary sponsor of the proposal.

(c) The name, address, and tax parcel number of each property owner signing the petition, and each owner of property within the proposal.

(3) At the first regular meeting following verification of the petition or upon proposal by the Board, the Board shall call for a public hearing on the proposal. Notice of public hearing shall be given by publication of a notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the County at least once, not less than ten (10) days prior to the date set for the hearing.

(4) After the public hearing is closed, the Board may establish the proposed leash control area if it determines the proposal meets the following criteria:

(a) The proposed leash control area is a minimum of twenty (20) acres in area and contains at least twenty (20) legal lots of record as defined by the Clallam County Zoning Code, CCC Title 33.

(b) The average size of lots within the proposed leash control area is such that allowing dogs to roam freely without a leash will significantly increase danger to the safety of the general public and other property owners within the area and that the majority of parcels within the boundaries are one acre or less in size.

(5) At the conclusion of the hearing the Board may:

(a) Approve or disapprove the creation of a leash control area.

(b) Adjust the boundaries of the proposed area.

(6) For all leash control areas created on or after the effective date of this chapter, the primary sponsor shall cause to be posted and maintained at or near the boundary along all roadways used by the public for ingress and egress an appropriately sized sign which contains the language indicated below. Owners of property on the perimeter of a designated area may post their section of the boundary, at their option, with like signs. The signs shall read:

Leash Control Area.
Clallam County Code 17.08

It shall be unlawful for any person(s) to deface or remove any sign placed pursuant to this chapter. All provisions of this ordinance shall be enforceable regardless of the presence or absence of signs.