Chapter 9A.07POLICE DOGS


Interference With and Abuse of Police Dogs Prohibited.
Reimbursement of Costs to City.
Exemptions From Animal Control Code.
Violation - Misdemeanor.

As used in this chapter, unless the context or subject matter clearly requires otherwise, the following words or phrases shall have the following meanings:

A. “Police dog” means a dog used by a law enforcement officer in discharging any legal duty or power of his or her office including accelerant detection.

B. “Dog handler” means a law enforcement officer who has successfully completed training as prescribed by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in police dog handling. (Ord. 526 § 2 (part), 2010.)

9A.07.020Interference With and Abuse of Police Dogs Prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to:

A. Willfully or maliciously assault, torment, beat, kick, strike, mutilate, disable, shoot, poison, or in any other way abuse any other police dog, as defined in RCW 4.24.410, owned or being used by the police department in the performance of its official duties; or

B. Willfully hinder, delay, or obstruct any animal used by a law enforcement officer in discharging or attempting to discharge his official duties; or

C. Willfully or maliciously harass a police dog while the dog is confined in its quarters, an automobile, kennel, fenced area, training area, or while it is under the control of a dog handler; or

D. Willfully or maliciously, interfere with a police dog while said police dog or dog handler is engaged in lawful police activities. (Ord. 526 § 2 (part), 2010.)

9A.07.030Reimbursement of Costs to City.

Any person who permanently disables a police dog as a result of any unlawful act set forth in Section 9.75.020 shall be liable for the value of the police dog at the time the incident occurred which shall include the cost to the City to replace the dog, including, but not limited to purchase, training, care, feeding, and any veterinary costs related to the injury or death of the dog. If the police dog is not permanently disabled but sustains an injury as a result of any unlawful act set forth in Section 9.75.020, the responsible person shall pay, at a minimum, the costs of veterinary care required to return the canine to duty. All costs assessed under this section shall be paid to the General Fund of the City of Lakewood. (Ord. 526 § 2 (part), 2010.)

9A.07.040Exemptions From Animal Control Code.

All police dogs and all dogs being trained as police dogs shall be exempt from all provisions of the Lakewood Municipal Code pertaining to animal control. (Ord. 526 § 2 (part), 2010.)

9A.07.050Violation - Misdemeanor.

Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor. (Ord. 526 § 2 (part), 2010.)