Chapter 6.05
ANIMAL CONTROL

Sections:

6.05.010    King County Code adopted – Exceptions – Conflicts.

6.05.020    Enforcement.

6.05.010 King County Code adopted – Exceptions – Conflicts.

(1) The following chapters of the King County Code (KCC) are adopted by reference as if fully set forth herein, as the same have been amended by King County Ordinance No. 16861, and as they may be amended hereafter, except as otherwise provided for in this chapter:

(a) Chapter 11.04, Animal Control Regulations;

(b) Chapter 11.08, Dog Leash Law;

(c) Chapter 11.12, Rabies Control;

(d) Chapter 11.20, Disposition of Fowl and Rabbits;

(e) Chapter 11.24, Stock Restricted Area;

(f) Chapter 11.28, Exotic Animals; and

(g) Chapter 11.32, Guard Dogs.

(2) The following exceptions shall be applied to the King County Code chapters adopted by reference in this chapter:

(a) “Animal control authority” means the City or the animal control authority of King County, as agent for the City, acting alone or in concert with other municipalities for enforcement of the animal control laws of the City, King County, and the State and the shelter and welfare of animals.

(b) Unless the context indicates otherwise, “King County” means the City.

(c) “County Department of Planning” means the Covington Community Development Department.

(d) “King County Board of Appeals” means the Covington City Council; provided, however, that at such time as the City may enter into a contract with King County for the enforcement of the animal control ordinance, the contract may provide for the use of the King County Board of Appeals in which case the “King County Board of Appeals” means the King County Board of Appeals.

(e) KCC 11.04.010(B) shall provide that if there is a conflict between a provision of the KCC and a provision of the Covington Municipal Code, the provision of the Covington Municipal Code shall control.

(f) All references in Chapter 11.04 of the KCC to Title 21A of the KCC, which provide for the number of animals that may be kept as part of certain land uses, shall be replaced with a reference to CMC Title 18.

(g) KCC 11.04.050(A) shall provide that the applicant for an original animal shelter, cattery, pet shop, grooming service, or kennel license shall present to the regional animal services section a written statement from the City Community Development Department that the establishment of the animal shelter, cattery, pet shop, grooming service, or kennel at the proposed site is not in violation of the City zoning code under CMC Title 18, or has a legal nonconforming zoning status, or a conditional use permit has been issued for the intended use.

(h) KCC 11.04.050(B) shall provide that shelters, catteries, pet shops, grooming services, and kennels shall comply with the licensing requirements of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health. Subject to applicable restrictions in the City’s zoning code in CMC Title 18, the facilities may board animals as authorized by their Seattle-King County Department of Public Health license.

(3) No portion of this chapter shall be deemed to be exclusive or exhaustive in reference to animal control and shall not relieve any person from the duty to observe other and more restrictive local, State, or Federal provisions.

(4) The City shall maintain at all times available for review by the general public one copy of King County Code chapters adopted by reference in this chapter. (Ord. 05-15 § 1 (Exh. A))

6.05.020 Enforcement.

(1) The City Manager or designee and the regional animal services section of King County are authorized to enforce this chapter and the laws of the State of Washington that pertain to animal cruelty, shelter, welfare, and enforcement of control, consistent with the enforcement provisions set forth in Title 11 of the King County Code and Chapter 1.30 CMC.

(2) Notwithstanding the existence or use of any other remedy, the City Manager or designee may seek legal or equitable relief to enjoin acts or practices and abate any conditions that constitute a violation of this chapter or other regulations adopted under this chapter. (Ord. 05-15 § 1 (Exh. A))