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Animal Control

Tracey Kellas, Animal Control Deputy



About Animal Control^Arrow to Top^

Need Help with an Animal Control Issue? Call: 360-417 2459

Covering 1752 square miles of Clallam County, Animal Control provides quality enforcement pertaining to public safety, animal control and animal welfare.

Animal Control investigates animal abuse and responds to a variety of citizen requests for service. Services include: leash law enforcement, regulating barking dogs, regulating vicious/dangerous dogs, animal licensing, rabies control, and bite quarantines.


Animal Control: Why the Need?^Arrow to Top^

People: Animal problems begin with pet owners who:

  • let their pets roam free;
  • fail to observe laws and ordinances; and
  • allow their pets to have unwanted litters.
Being a responsible pet owner is good for your pet and community.

^Arrow to Top^Animal Licensing

 

The Clallam County Sheriff's Office licenses dog and cats as a courtesy to the Humane Society.

Our office is open for licensing during regular business hours at the Clallam County Courthouse.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone that all dogs and cats over the age of six (6) months are required to be licensed in Clallam County. Failure to license your pet is a Class I civil infraction with a fine of $250.00. Licensing is done for many reasons such as returning a lost pet to it's owner, identifying pets in a disaster, and funding for the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.

While rabies vaccinations are also required by State and County law, a rabies tag is not a license.
A Clallam County pet license is a seperate fee and tag.

There are several locations available for pet licensing and the Humane Society often puts on special licensing and microchip clinics. Please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at (360) 457-8206 for locations

Please help all pets, in Clallam County by obeying the law and licensing your dogs and cats today!

 

If you are licensing your animal at the Sheriff’s Office, you must

    • Live in an unincorporated area of Clallam County (outside any city limits)
    • Proof of current rabies vaccination: (Recommended but not required)
    • Provide Payment in full: Check, Money Order or Cashier's Check made out to the Humane Society.

Fees:

Dogs:

Neutered/Spayed Dog $10.00 (annual)

Non-Neutered/Non-Spayed Dog $55.00 (annual)

Lifetime $50.00

Cats:

Neutered/Spayed Cat $10.00 (annual)

Non-Neutered/Non-Spayed Cat $55.00 (annual)

Lifetime $50.00


Complete Fee Schedule: Clallam County Animal Licence and Permit Fees

 

Notes:

Kennels and Catteries: Licenses must be obtained at the Humane Society only.

Dangerous/Potentially Dangerous Dogs:
Licenses must be obtained at the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, or the Sequim Police Department.

 


^Arrow to Top^Common Violations


Canine Control Violations (Dogs):


  • Inflicting a bite on a human or animal (except poultry, rabbits, and cats that are allowed to roam off their owner’s property);
  • Running at large.
  • Not being under control while off the owner’s property.
  • Entering any place where food is stored, prepared, served or sold to the public, or any public building or hall. This section shall not apply to any dog serving the blind or deaf; or dogs used by armored car services, private security companies, or law enforcement agencies.
  • Being accessible to other dogs, while in heat, for purposes other than controlled or planned breeding.
  • Chasing, running after or jumping at vehicles using public roadways.
  • Snapping, growling, snarling, barking in a threatening manner, jumping upon, chasing or otherwise threatening persons while the dog is not restrained and is off the property of the owner.
  • Howling, yelping, whining, barking, or making other noises in such a manner as to disturb any person or groups of persons to an unreasonable degree except that working dogs as defined in section 17.01.015 are exempted.
  • Entering upon another person’s property without the authorization of that person.
  • Being kept, harbored or maintained and known to have a contagious disease unless under treatment of a licensed veterinarian.
  • Running in packs while off the owners property.
  • Damaging or destroying the property of another person, including destroying wildlife that has purposefully been attracted to the person’s property.
  • Being staked, tethered or kept on public property for longer than one (1) hour without prior consent of the Animal Control Officer.
  • Injuring or killing any poultry, rabbits or cats that are on their owner’s property.

For a complete copy of all animal ordinances, please check county code Chapter 17, Animals


Feline Control Violations (Cats):


  • Being accessible to other cats, while in heat, for purposes other than controlled or planned breeding.
  • Being kept harbored or maintained and known to have a contagious disease unless under treatment of a licensed veterinarian.
  • Being a threat to the safety of humans and/or other domestic animals.
  • Inflicting a bite on a human.
  • Damaging or destroying the property of another person including wildlife purposefully attracted to the person’s property.

For a complete copy of all animal ordinances, please check county code Chapter 17, Animals


Livestock Control Violations:


  • No person owning or in control of any livestock shall willfully or negligently allow such livestock to run at large in any stock restricted area or to wander or stray upon the right-of-way of any public roadway lying within a stock restricted area when not in the charge of some person.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to herd or move any livestock over, along, or across the right-of-way of any public roadway, or portion thereof, within any stock restricted area, without having in attendance a sufficient number of persons to control the movement of such livestock and to warn or otherwise protect vehicles traveling upon such public roadway from any danger by reason of such livestock being herded or moved thereon.

For a complete copy of all animal ordinances, please check county code Chapter 17, Animals


Equine Control Violations (Horses):

It is unlawful for the equestrian to violate any of the following regulations:

  • Riding or leading any horse within the unincorporated areas of the County on any paved public roadway during the hours of darkness unless equipped with lighting equipment as defined in RCW 46.61.780 or the rider has ready at hand a flashlight or other lantern which is exhibited to prevent collision, or unless the rider and horse are wearing front and rear reflective safety strips;
  • Riding or leading any horse that is not under control on any public roadway.

For a complete copy of all animal ordinances, please check county code Chapter 17, Animals

 

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Olympic Peninsula Humane Society

Please contact the Humane Society at 360-457-8206 for other questions, or purchase your license online.

The Humane Society is located at 2105 Highway 101 West, Port Angeles, WA.