Chapter 9.42


9.42.010    Definitions.

9.42.020    Interference With and Abuse of Police Dogs Prohibited.

9.42.030    Reimbursement of Costs to County.

9.42.040    Exemptions From Animal Control Code.

9.42.050    Violation – Misdemeanor.

Cross-reference: RCW 98.76.200.

9.42.010 Definitions.

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 agency specially trained for law enforcement work and under the control of a dog handler.

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. 86-30 § 1 (part), 1986)

9.42.020 Interference With and Abuse of Police Dogs Prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to:

A.    Willfully or maliciously interfere with, obstruct, torture, beat, kick, strike, mutilate, disable, shoot, poison, kill or in any other way abuse or harass any police dog;

B.    Harass a police dog while said police dog is confined in its quarters, an automobile, kennel, fenced area, training area, or while it is under the control of a dog handler;

C.    Wilfully or maliciously interfere with a police dog or dog handler while said police dog or dog handler is engaged in lawful police activities.

(Ord. 86-30 § 1 (part), 1986)

9.42.030 Reimbursement of Costs to County.

Any person who kills or permanently disables a police dog as a result of any unlawful act set forth in Section 9.42.020 shall be liable for, and shall pay to the General Fund of Pierce County, the value of the police dog at such time the incident occurred, which shall include costs incurred in the training, care, feeding, and purchase cost of such police dog. (Ord. 86-30 § 1 (part), 1986)

9.42.040 Exemptions From Animal Control Code.

All police dogs and all dogs being trained as police dogs shall be exempt from all provisions of the Pierce County Code relating to animal control, with the exception of Chapter 6.08, Rabies Control and Section 6.04.010, License Required. If a police dog is required under Chapter 6.08 to be quarantined, such dog will be remanded to the control of its handler. Police dogs so controlled may be used in the line of duty. Follow-up procedures prescribed by the Sheriff’s Department or County, or the County’s designated agent, will apply.

All police dogs and all dogs being trained as police dogs shall be exempt from all licensing fees set by Pierce County, but such dogs shall be registered with the Auditor.

(Ord. 2005-108 § 2, 2005; Ord. 89-131 § 1, 1989; Ord. 86-30 § 1 (part), 1986)

9.42.050 Violation – Misdemeanor.

Any violation of this Chapter shall constitute a misdemeanor. (Ord. 86-30 § 1 (part), 1986)