Skip to main content

A. Offenses Relating to Safety and Sanitation. It is unlawful for any person to:

1. Allow the accumulation of animal feces in any open area, run, cage, or yard wherein animals are kept and to fail to remove or dispose of feces at least once every twenty-four hours in a sanitary manner;

2. Fail to remove the fecal matter deposited by his/her animal on public or private property of another before the owner and/or animal leaves the immediate area where the fecal matter was deposited;

3. Fail to have in his/her possession the equipment necessary to remove his/her animal’s fecal matter when accompanied by said animal on public property or public easement;

4. Have possession or control of any animal sick or afflicted with any infectious or contagious disease and fail to provide treatment for such disease, or suffer or permit such diseased or infected animal to run at large, or come in contact with other animals, or drink at any public or common watering trough or stream accessible to other animals; or

5. Owners of duly licensed “service dogs” are exempted from subsections (A)(2) and (A)(3) of this section.

B. Offenses Relating to Control. It shall be unlawful for any person to:

1. Permit any animal to be at large, except domestic cats. No animal except domestic cats shall be allowed to run at large during any hour of the day or night upon any unenclosed lands, public or private, within the limits of the City, or upon any public street, avenue, alley, or other public place in the City.

2. Permit an animal to be unattended on public premises, property or right-of-way except in those areas specifically designated to permit animals. Animals must be confined to such restricted areas. Domestic cats are exempted.

3. Fail to keep every female dog or cat in heat confined in a building or secure enclosure in such a manner that such female dog or cat cannot come into contact with another animal except for planned breeding.

4. Be in possession of property and knowingly permit frequent, continuous, or repetitive barking or noise made by any animal, which originates from the property, and which unreasonably disturbs or interferes with the peace, comfort, and repose of property owners or possessors, except that such sounds made in animal shelters, or veterinary hospitals licensed under and in compliance with this Chapter and Land Use Code Title 14, shall be exempt from this subsection.

5. Permit any animal to damage public property or the private property of another.

6. Permit a service animal to be without a harness, to be unleashed or untethered, if these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

7. Exemption – Police Dogs. All police dogs owned by a public law enforcement agency or its agent and being used for training by such agency or agent shall be exempt from all provisions of the Snohomish Municipal Code relating to animal control, with the exception of Section 7.08.060 B, Rabies Control. If a police dog is required under Section 7.08.060 B 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 Humane Society/health department will apply.

C. Offenses Relating to Cruelty. It is unlawful for any person to:

1. Abandon an animal by intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence leave a domesticated animal at a location without providing for the animal’s continued care. It is no defense to abandonment to abandon an animal at or near an animal shelter, veterinary clinic, or other place of shelter if reasonable arrangements for the care of the animal were not made by the person abandoning the animal.

2. Fail to provide an animal with sufficient good wholesome food and a constant source of clear potable water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and with humane care and treatment.

3. Leave an animal unattended for more than twenty-four consecutive hours.

4. Beat, cruelly treat, torment, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse an animal, or cause, instigate, or permit any dogfight, cockfight, bullfight, or other combat between animals or between animals and humans. Anyone who permits such conduct on premises under his control, and any person present as a spectator at such exhibition, shall also be deemed a violator of this subsection and subject to punishment thereof.

5. Give away any live animal as a prize for, or as an inducement to enter, any contest, game, or other competition, or as an inducement to enter a place of amusement; or offer such animals as an incentive to enter any business agreement whereby the offer was for the purpose of attracting trade.

6. As the operator of a motor vehicle, which strikes a domestic animal, fail to stop at once and render such assistance as may be possible and fail to immediately report such injury or death to the animal’s owner. In the event that the owner cannot be ascertained and located, such operator shall at once report the accident to the Snohomish Police Department.

7. Lay out or expose any kind of poison for animals or leave exposed any poisoned food, drink, or any substance or fluid whatsoever, whereon or wherein there is or shall be deposited or mingled any kind of poison, or poisonous or deadly substance or fluid whatsoever, on the premises of another, or in any unenclosed place, or to aid or abet any person in so doing. This does not apply to homeowner or home occupant use of household products or chemicals, including lawn and garden chemicals and fertilizers, in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations for the use of the product or chemical. This also does not apply to State-licensed pest control operators performing within the scope of employment.

8. Permit an animal exhibition or circus to perform in which animals are induced or encouraged to perform through the use of chemical, mechanical, electrical, or manual devices in a manner which will cause, or is likely to cause, physical injury or suffering.

9. Confine, without adequate ventilation, any animal in any box, container or vehicle.

10. Confine an animal within or on a motor vehicle at any location under such conditions as may endanger the health or well being of the animal, including but not limited to extreme temperatures, lack of food, water or attention, or confinement with a dangerous animal. Any animal control or police officer is authorized to remove any animal from a motor vehicle, at any location, when he/she reasonably believes it is confined in such conditions as described above. Any animal so removed shall be delivered to the animal control shelter after the removing officer leaves written notice of such removal and delivery, including the officer’s name, in a conspicuous location on or within the vehicle.

11. Tease, tantalize, or provoke any animal with the intent to cause fear or anger.

12. Tether or confine any animal in such a manner or such a place as to cause injury or pain or to endanger an animal; or to keep an animal in quarters that are injurious to the animal due to inadequate protection from heat or cold, or that are of insufficient size to permit the animal to move about freely.

13. Tether or confine an animal in such a manner that it can become entangled so that it cannot move freely, cannot reach shelter or water, or such that it can become entangled with another animal. The area where the animal is tethered or confined must be free of extraneous material that may cause it injury (such as, but not limited to, glass, sharp metal, nails, etc.). Tether must be a minimum length of three times the length of the animal as measured from the tip of its nose to the base of its tail.

14. Transport an animal in or on a vehicle in such a manner that it can exit the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion. The animal must be contained or secured in a manner so as to prevent the possibility of an inadvertent exit by the animal from the vehicle. It is further unlawful for any person to transport any living animal on the running board; fenders; hood; unrestrained in a convertible, in an unenclosed bed of a pickup or flatbed truck, or other outside part of any vehicle, unless suitable harness, cage or enclosure is provided and so attached as to protect the animal from falling or being thrown therefrom.

15. To possess cockspurs, slashers, gaffs, or other tools, equipment, devices or training facilities for the purpose of training and/or engaging an animal in combat with another animal.

16. Set out any leg hold traps in the City unless approved by animal control. (Ord. 1915, 1999; Ord. 1935, 1999; Ord. 2193, 2010; Ord. 2266, 2014)

Loading…